Rickie Lambert explains what Southampton must do to finish in the top four next season

Ex-Southampton player Rickie Lambert has handed some valuable words of wisdom to his former side.

Southampton have been one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League over the past few seasons and the Saints enjoyed a fine campaign this term as well, managing to seal a Europa League place.

Having finished in the Europa League positions for two consecutive seasons, the South Coast club now firmly have their sights set on earning Champions League football next year.

Given the financial might of the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, some might say Southampton are a bit overambitious in targeting a place in the top four and they may well be true.

However, former Southampton star Rickie Lambert certainly does not agree with such a notion and has urged Ronald Koeman’s men to keep believing in order to be able to earn a place in Europe’s elite club competition next season.

The West Bromwich Albion striker told the Daily Echo: “To be honest if you look at what Leicester did then if that is not going to give the lads at Southampton and teams like West Ham the belief they can win the Premier League then nothing will.

“The top four? They’ve got to dream. When we got promoted our first thought was to finish in the top four and we got laughed at. First season we didn’t do too well, the second time we were getting a bit closer. As long as you keep believing and you’ve got dreams there’s no limit.”

Southampton will now be looking to strengthen over the summer while keeping their current players at St Mary's, something that has not always happened in previous years.

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