Southampton's strongest starting XI: Including Clasie, Soares and Caulker

Taking a closer look at the players now available to Southampton.

Southampton have already started their new campaign with a 3-0 first leg victory against Vitesse Arnhem in the third qualifying round of the Europa League, but with just over a week to go until their opening Premier League encounter, manager Ronald Koeman has some big decisions to make regarding his starting line-up.

As with last summer, Southampton have again impressed with their transfer business, and it will be interesting to see how the new players bed in at St Mary’s.

New right-back Cedric Soares impressed for the club on Thursday evening while midfielder Jordy Clasie is likely to live up to his name given his reputation and innate talent, but when everyone is fit and available, what exactly is Southampton’s strongest starting line-up?

There may well be another couple of additions and departures in the coming month, but as things stand we have opted for the 11 players below as those who would be picked if the Saints needed to go all out for a victory against the best England or Europe has to offer:

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