Note: This is the latest breakdown of transfer moves leading up to the 2018-19 Premier League season. This post will be updated throughout the transfer window as appropriate. \
I tried really hard to find a scenario where I thought this would be a really good season for Southampton. But, despite my best efforts (and some good transfer moves) I’m just not convinced it’s enough. Let’s be honest, there’s not much worse they can get with goal concession, and I really think that Gunn will be a good addition to help mitigate this. On the goal scoring front, Tadic was a good creator for the club, but I also think that Elyounoussi will be able to provide at least that level of contribution. However, Southampton was 6th worst in the league at giving up goals last season, while also scoring the 6th fewest goals in the league.
Don’t get me wrong, I expect Southampton to get better, probably a 14-16th range, meaning that I think they will be able to avoid getting sucked into the relegation battle (mostly) with their signings. I think that given the stroke of luck they had managing to stay in the League with such a negative goal difference, only one other club had a worse goal differential (and they actually finished above Southampton). That being said, I see them finishing towards the bottom of the Premier League again with not much of a problem, they should be able to reinvest a substantial portion of their revenues from TV and league place. This gives them the opportunity to identify some good transfer targets and try to close deals early in the next windows for a cut-rate price.
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