With the season a week away, we count down the 7 biggest factors in ensuring Southampton’s continued success
In one week, the 2016/17 Premier League season will officially kick off. It promises to bring 38 weeks of action, drama, and entertainment both on and off the pitch. For Southampton, the new season brings a host of changes.
New manager, Frenchman Claude Puel, and new high-pressing, fluid play to go with.
New sponsor, Virgin Media, already making its mark on the club faithful.
New faces on the pitch and on the bench, among them former Norwich man Nathan Redmond and wunderkind midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg.
Last, but not least, a new opportunity in Europe, the team having qualified for the Europa League group stage.
All told, the new season promises to be equal parts challenge and opportunity for Southampton, keen to make their mark on Europe and maintain status as a club on the up in England. We’ve examined the year ahead and, with the coming week ahead, come up with these seven key factors that will make or break Southampton’s season to come.
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