Steven Davis hopes Southampton can build on this season by keeping squad together

Southampton have had a strong showing in the second half of this season.

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has said he hopes the squad sticks together over the course of the summer and try to kick on next season.

The Saints have shown signs of progressing well since their first season in the top flight in 2012/13, and are in with a serious chance of qualifying for the Europa League again next season.

Previous summers have seen their players catch the eye of other Premier League clubs and a change of manager, but under Ronald Koeman the side has shown they can compete with the better sides - like in yesterday's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Davis is quoted by the Daily Echo, saying: “We know we’ve got the quality to compete with the best teams in this division, but it was just showing that over a consistent level and I think we’re showing great signs of that.

“Hopefully we can keep the squad together and build on it again and then go again next year.

“There’s been so much change over the last few years... losing important players and obviously losing Pochettino a couple of years ago, but the manager’s come in and done a great job.

“Everybody loves playing for him, hopefully we can keep him and keep the squad together and go again.”

Sadio Mane has been persistently linked with interest from other clubs since the start of the season while Graziano Pelle has been linked with a move away from St Mary's.

Inevitably, one would think there is going to be a couple of outgoings and incomings - as is par for the course during every summer at a football club - but multiple outgoings could be difficult to deal with, as was the case in the summer of 2014, although their results at the start of the season suggested they were not too detrimental, which is testament to Koeman's transfer dealings and ability. 

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