Koeman has enjoyed a positive debut season with Southampton.
The Dutch boss said: “I knew a few of the players already from Holland, so the fact they’ve done so well in their first season hasn’t been a surprise to me. I always had confidence in their ability to adapt.”
Southampton have certainly enjoyed a great season in relation to the amount of business they completed last summer, with many expecting the South Coast club to crumble and fall to relegation due to the mass exodus of players to Premier League rivals.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all departed St Mary’s Stadium, and in came a number of players to fill the gaps.
Not only has every single one of these players impressed on a personal level, but Koeman has them playing as a fantastic collective unit, despite them all only linking up a few months ago.
This should bring praise to not just the players he signed, but his own work in identifying these players as the perfect people for Southampton. They may not be outstanding stars of world football, but the Saints have a group of players, who, on their day, work far better as a collective unit than as a group of 11 individuals lined up.