If Southampton Hadn’t Sold Their Key Players

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.

Fraser Forster

£9.38m from Celtic – Still at the club
55 games – 22 clean sheetsFraser Forster

Right Back:
Nathienal Clyne

£2.4m from Crystal Palace – Sold for £13m to Liverpool
104 games – 5 goals and 8 assistsNathienal Clyne

Centre Back:
Dejan Lovren

£7.5m from Olympique Lyon – Sold for £19m to Liverpool
31 games – 2 goals and 1 assistDejan Lovren.jpg

Centre Back:
Jose Fonte

£1m from Crystal Palace – Still at club
266 games – 15 goals and 9 assistsJose Fonte.jpg

Left Back:
Luke Shaw

Youth System – £28m to Manchester United
67 games – 2 assistsLuke Shaw.png

Centre Mid:
Victor Wanyama

£10.88m from Celtic – £10.80 to Tottenham Hotspur
97 games – 4 goals and 2 assistsVictor Wanyama

Centre Mid:
Morgan Schneiderlin

£1.13m from R. Strasbourg – £26.25m to Manchester United
265 games – 15 goals and 11 assistsMorgan Schneiderlin.jpg

Right Wing:
Gareth Bale

Youth System – £11m to Tottenham Hotspur
44 games – 5 goals and 12 assistsGareth Bale.jpg

Attacking Mid:
Adam Lallana

Youth System – £23.25m to Liverpool
260 games – 59 goals and 48 assistsAdam Lallana.jpg

Left Mid:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Youth System – £10.35m to Arsenal
42 games – 10 goals and 9 assistsOxlade-Chamberlain.jpg

Centre Forward:
Graziano Pelle

£10.25 from Feyenoord – Still at club
80 games – 30 goals and 10 assistsGraziano Pelle


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

TacticsSouthampton Tactic

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