In the last two seasons Southampton sold seven of their first team players for £133m, most of them home-grown, but with the club then reinvesting around £110m of that on primarily foreign players you’ve got to wonder where the sense really is.
Staggeringly four of their players have headed to Anfield in the last 2 transfer windows and you could possibly see more to come this summer with Mane already making the switch – Fraser Forster, perhaps?
Unlike Porto’s transfer system over the last decade, Southampton actually hasn’t had success from selling all of their star players as they managed to achieve the same league position in both of these years.
Yes, we could say that finishing 7th, making £20m profit and finishing 6th the next season is a good thing but it gives the fans or the team no sense of identity, stability or even a chance of keeping these players and challenging for a trophy. European football is still guaranteed but how can a system like this bring any long term success to the Saint Mary’s side?
Southampton being a selling club isn’t a new thing albeit more extreme in the last two seasons so let’s have a look at how the Saints could have lined up if they had kept a hold of their key players.
£9.38m from Celtic – Still at the club
55 games – 22 clean sheets
£2.4m from Crystal Palace – Sold for £13m to Liverpool
104 games – 5 goals and 8 assists
£7.5m from Olympique Lyon – Sold for £19m to Liverpool
31 games – 2 goals and 1 assist
£1m from Crystal Palace – Still at club
266 games – 15 goals and 9 assists
Youth System – £28m to Manchester United
67 games – 2 assists
£10.88m from Celtic – £10.80 to Tottenham Hotspur
97 games – 4 goals and 2 assists
£1.13m from R. Strasbourg – £26.25m to Manchester United
265 games – 15 goals and 11 assists
Youth System – £11m to Tottenham Hotspur
44 games – 5 goals and 12 assists
Youth System – £23.25m to Liverpool
260 games – 59 goals and 48 assists
Youth System – £10.35m to Arsenal
42 games – 10 goals and 9 assists
£10.25 from Feyenoord – Still at club
80 games – 30 goals and 10 assists
Arthur Boruc: Free transfer
50 games – 19 clean sheets
Calum Chambers: Youth System – £15.17m to Arsenal
25 games – 3 goals and 3 assists
Ryan Bertrand: £10m from Chelsea – Still at club
70 games – 3 goals and 9 assists
James Ward-Prowse: Youth System – Still at club
129 games – 4 goals and 19 assists
Theo Walcott: Youth System – £7.88m to Arsenal
21 games and 4 goals
Charlie Austin: £3.9m from QPR – Still at club
7 games and 1 goal
Rickie Lambert: £0.9m from Bristol Rovers – £4m to Liverpool
Games 229 – 115 goals and 64 assists