Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has admitted to the Telegraph that he was worried after seeing so many of his teammates leave last summer.
Southampton became victims of their own success at the end of last season when the Premier League's biggest sides swooped to steal some of their key players.
The likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers all departed St. Mary's and the mass exodus caused concern for Clyne.
The England international says that seeing so many people leave left him wondering what direction that Saints' season was going to go in, but the 23-year-old was reassured as soon as Ronald Koeman was appointed.
“Yeah, I was worried,” he said. “I was concerned when the manager [Mauricio Pochettino, who joined Tottenham Hotspur] went and we seemed to be selling all the players. We lost three-quarters of the defence. We weren’t really getting players in and that worried me. As soon as the new manager came and we started signing players, that steadied things. Looking at what was happening then, I was confident we could do well this season."
Southampton's season has been made all the more remarkable considering the changeover that they went through over the summer months.
For many clubs losing a core of key players would have plunged them into a relegation fight, but Southampton have become stronger as a result of their intelligent transfer dealings.
The Saints used the money raised from their sales to re-invest in further quality for their first-team squad and they have seen their team improved considerably, as a result.
Koeman's side are now in a battle for a Champions League spot and they have eight games remaining to try and accumulate the points required to break into the top-four.