Le Tissier suggests Puel will strengthen these areas of Southampton squad

Matthew Le Tissier

The Southampton icon has a lot of faith in his old club's managerial appointment.

Matthew Le TissierMatthew Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier has been talking to Sky Sports about Southampton's appointment of former Nice and Lyon manager Claude Puel, and suggested where the Frenchman might be looking to strengthen the current squad.

Le Tissier has plenty of faith in the Saints board, pointing to the progress the club have made after the appointments of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman in recent years.

"He [Puel] may not be a huge name in world football," Le Tissier told Sky Sports. "But he's a manager who has done very well in France, has taken his team into the Champions League and got into the semi-finals of the Champions League with Lyon.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesClaude Puel

"They've been pretty good with their appointments over the last few years, so I'm happy to trust the club that this is the man to take us forward again.

"People perhaps looked at Mauricio Pochettino, who wasn't a household name in this country when he came, and perhaps thought it was a bit crazy, but that turned out not too bad.

"Ronald Koeman was also a fantastic success here and hopefully Puel can take us on again."

For the Saints legend, the first port of call for the Frenchman will be addressing the loss of two key first team players, with Sadio Mane heading to Liverpool and Victor Wanyama moving to Spurs.

"I guess top of the priorities will be to strengthen the squad for the season coming," Le Tissier added. "We've lost a couple of players in Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, so I guess he will probably be looking at another holding midfielder.

"He'll probably want to assess the squad before making any rash judgements. He'll have a chance to decide where he thinks it need strengthening from his point of view."

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the second goal for SouthamptonSadio Mane celebrates after scoring the second goal for Southampton

Mane's move to Liverpool for big money came after top scoring for the south coast club last season, and the absence of his versatile attacking threat is something that will have to be addressed, but if the Saints are fortunate enough to see Jay Rodriguez return to full fitness and form, the England international could be a natural replacement.

Replacing Wanyama will be a different affair. Though the brawn is in the squad in Oriol Romeu, and Jordy Clasie could be given a greater role in the squad, Le Tissier is not wrong that Puel may feel the need to dip into the market for at least one of these two positions.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with Southampton's Jordy ClasieTottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with Southampton's Jordy Clasie

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