Next up is the End of Season award for the overachievers of the season and with many stars leaving St. Marys last summer, Southampton showed no signs of turmoil as they enjoyed another successful season in the top-flight.
With the likes of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw leaving last summer, many feared that Southampton’s successes of the 2013-14 season could not be duplicated but how wrong were we.
Ronald Koeman brought a wealth of experience with him when he took over from Mauricio Pochettino last summer and the Dutchman had no problems settling in and he even bettered the Saints first season back in the Premier League.
The Saints had a very strong start to the season and there was even talk of Champions League football at some point. However, they went through a bit if a blip in December which saw them drop off from top four but they still remained competitive right up to the final weeks and after claiming a seventh place finish, Saints fans can be very happy with how their season has gone.
Koeman also made some top signings upon his arrival with Graziano Pelle and Saido Mane proving to be absolute bargains. Luke Shaw’s replacement Ryan Bertrand also made quite the impression in his first season with the South Coast club, while on-loan Atletico man Toby Alderweireld also brought stability to the back and racked up quite the partnership with Jose Fonte.
If Arsenal manage to beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup, the Saints season will get even better with Europa League qualification which would be fully deserved after a fine season for Southampton.