Team: Southampton

Key players:

• Jordy Clasie

Moving to St. Mary's from Feyenoord, Jordy Clasie ought to be the first name on the team sheet following the departure of Morgan Schneiderlin. Clasie has previously worked under Koeman at Feyenoord and was the most sought-after midfielders in Europe before making the move. Clasie backs his skills with the experience of playing 129 Eredivisie matches along with international experience. The time is just right for Clasie to make a step up and show his qualities at a higher level as compared to the Dutch league.

• Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané enjoyed a whirlwind debut season with Southampton. His partnership with Graziano Pelle almost helped Southampton sneak into the top four. The deadline-day signing from Red Bull Salzburg scored 10 goals on the south coast and also boasts the record of having scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history against Aston Villa. The speedy attacker has also managed to attract interest from European giants Bayern Munich. If Ronald Koeman succeeds in keeping hold of Mané, he could play an influential part in the squad.

Summary:

Southampton have been on the rise ever since they were promoted to the Premier League . However, they have attached to themselves the label of feeder club. Having sold all their top players to big clubs, Southampton could be playing a big gamble heading into the next season. The pressure of playing European football could have an effect on their league performances. The fatigue factor could come in as well causing all sorts of trouble for Ronald Koeman and his side.

Predicted position: 7th