Why Southampton’s lack of PFA nominations shows the great work of Ronald Koeman

Southampton were overlooked in the PFA nominations, but that is actually a good thing.

As per the official PFA website, the six nominees for both Player and Young Player of the Year have been announced - without a single Southampton player in sight.

The likes of Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne all had cases to be nominated across the two categories, but none were.

Whilst this seems like an oversight on the part of the PFA, it actually shows the amazing work of Ronald Koeman, and the strength he has brought to this Saints team.

The focus on the individual is not present at St Mary’s Stadium, and the team plays as arguably the biggest collective in the division. Only Burnley have the same sense of team work and chemistry as the Saints, but Koeman has the bonus of greater talent at his disposal.

It is hard to name a single player who has achieved greater than his teammates, or one that has not performed - maybe Graziano Pelle’s lack of goals since December puts him in the latter category - and their amazing success is all down to how the players work together.

There have been no overly big money signings, despite the wealth of funds received from the loss of their key players last summer, and the Dutch coach has gone one step further on building a team, rather than a collection of individuals, than Mauricio Pochettino before him.

Some of the Southampton players may feel their contribution to the team has been overlooked by the PFA as it draws close to awards season, but, in reality, the entire squad deserves an award for how they play as a collective unit.

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