After the summer that Southampton have endured, many expected their season to turn out significantly different to how it has.
The loss of their former manager Mauricio Pochettino and almost every one of their prized assets left them with a thread bare squad.
But new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman has come in to the club and rebuilt and rejuvenated the squad, arguably making them stronger than they were last season.
It is the work that Koeman has done that has delighted Saints hero Matt Le Tissier. The former striker who scored 161 goals in 443 appearances during his 16-year stint at the club, has labelled the Dutchman as a revelation after just four months in charge.
He told the Daily Echo: "I was well chuffed when his name got linked with the job and saw that he was interested. He's been a revelation for us so far.
"He's very calm. I've met him a couple of times already and he's a very calm, very assured manager. He's not one that will flip his lid at the sign of the first problem.
"He has dealt with things in a completely professional way and I like the way he carried himself. Long may that continue."
After six Premier League games Koeman has the Saints sitting in second place in the league on 13 points, just three behind leaders Chelsea.
The former Feyenoord manager has already urged his side to be ambitious and push for a place in European competition next season. Having achieved such goals with a number of his former clubs, Koeman is more than aware of what it takes to reach such levels at Southampton.