Southampton star Steven Davis admits surprise at summer exodus

Steven Davis admits that he did not expect Southampton to lose as many players as they did in the summer transfer window.

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has admitted that he was surprised by the number of players who left the club in the summer transfer window.

Following a successful 2013-14 season in which they finished eighth in the Premier League, the Saints endured a summer exodus of players.

No fewer than six players left Southampton, including Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Eight players were sent out on loan as well in the summer, and David admits that he did not expect such an upheaval at St. Mary’s Stadium before the season started.

‘At the end of the season we kind of knew one or two might leave but maybe not the numbers that did’, the 29-year-old told talkSPORT. 'It was a big period for the club but to be fair the board, and the manager that has come in, they've done a fantastic job in recruiting these players and they have got some real quality in’.

Despite the summer exodus, Southampton have been hugely successful so far this season and currently find themselves second in the Premier League table with 19 points from nine matches.

New manager Ronald Koeman has been a key reason behind the Saints’ success. Having made shrewd signings over the summer, including Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Toby Alderweireld, the Dutchman has brought the players together as a group.

Southampton’s football has been brilliant to watch as well, with the players working hard as a team and playing for each other.

There is a long way to go this season, but Southampton are looking good for at least a Europa League spot.

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