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Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

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Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are close to joining former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur and join the Southampton exodus that has seen last season’s team stripped down almost completely.

jaymorgan Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

The Saints are near unrecognisable from the side that was the surprise package in the Premier League last season, finishing 8th and producing some of the players of the season in Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez. All these players though, have now left the club for pastures new.

Manager Pochettino was the first to leave as he joined Spurs soon after the completion of the season. Shaw was then sold to Manchester United for around 27 million pounds before Lallana and Lambert joined Liverpool for 25 million and 4 million respectively. The Saints were dealt a couple more blows in the past couple of days when Dejan Lovren joined Lallana and Lambert at Anfield while promising young right-back Calum Chambers signed for Arsenal.

saintsexodus Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

The following chart shows the players that have left St.Mary’s thus far, the teams that have signed them and the amounts Southampton have earned from the sale.

Luke Shaw

Manchester United

£27m

Adam Lallana

Liverpool

£25m

Dejan Lovren

Liverpool

£20m

Calum Chambers

Arsenal

£16m

Rickie Lambert

Liverpool

£4m

Total

£92m

New manager Ronald Koeman faces a huge task in restructuring the side and replicating the success of the last campaign. Things are going to get tougher, it seems, as Schneiderlin and Rodriguez close in on the exit door.

Rodriguez was an absolute revelation, not just for Southampton, but for the Premier League as a whole. He scored 15 times, becoming the focal point up front and keeping Lambert out of the side at times. His impressive performances saw him earn a call-up to the English national side and had it not been for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, he would have surely been on the plane to Brazil.

Schneiderlin, on the other hand, has been an integral part of the side ever since joining from Strasbourg in 2008. He was the main man in midfield when Southampton earned back-to-back promotions to the Premier League and then not only retained but also enhanced his reputation, in the top-flight.

Tottenham were terribly inconsistent last year, something Pochettino will be looking to change as he leads the club on its quest for Champions League football. Club-record signing Roberto Soldado didn’t deliver as expected, scoring just twice from open play all season. Rodriguez will provide a new dimension to Spurs’ attack, as he can play both on his own as well as alongside Emmanuel Adebayor.

Southampton manager Koeman, on the other hand, has it all to do. He has signed two players - Dusan Tadic from FC Twente and Graziano Pelle from his former side Feyenoord. Also on his target list is the Arsenal duo of Emmanuel Frimpong and Carl Jenkinson. Were he able to complete the signings of Frimpong and Jenkinson, it would mean that he has replenished every area in which he has lost players. And with Southampton’s Youth Academy being one of the best in the whole Premier League, he may not have to look to far for reinforcements.

koeman Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

Whether these players can perform as well as the players who have left though, remains to be seen. Last season, Southampton had the element of surprise about them. This time around, teams will be better prepared whilst facing them. It is therefore, imperative that Koeman’s men get off to a good start. If they don’t, they may well end up in a relegation battle this season.

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One Comment to Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

  1. More regurgitated bullshit. From the headline onwards it is nonsense unless Kruger is deliberately lying to the fans. It overlooks the fact that the beautiful game has been systematically corrupted by the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, MuFC, Chelsea etc. aided by those who have put themselves in place and are supposed to govern it for the benefit of all, FIFA, UEFA and the FA. In any other situation there would be a widespread outcry about how the fair play rules have been bastardised by the likes of these bodies and teams but the media sits quietly by I am sure that there will in time a truth will emerge about backhanders to sections of the press. If anyone had the interests of the British game at heart they should bring in rules that ensured existing debt is properly taken account of in the fair play rules, mandatory spending on player development and penalties for fielding more than 5 non-British players backed by a fine per player per game and I mean a sizeable fan. Then were would Mourinhio and Wenger be. Do not fear for the Saints they have done things properly and still have a fantastic group of academy players to fall back on backed up by spending from these events. Do fear for the beautiful game that is being strangled to death by the ‘big teams’ the corrupt or inept regulators and a compliant media.