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SOUTHAMPTON: How much will Puel’s Saints miss Mane, Pelle & Wanyama?

Despite the loss of manager Ronald Koeman over the summer, Southampton have brought in experienced gaffer in Claude Puel to replace him.

Koeman did an impressive job during his two years at St Mary's and Puel will be looking to continue on and build on that foundation in the upcoming campaign.

The Frenchman has made six new signings and the Saints will be hoping for at least a top-10 finish again, even after losing some key players.


Southampton - 2016/17

Key signings


Sofiane Boufal - from Lille for £16m

Boufal is the club's record signing and is a skilful attacking midfielder from Lille.

He has signed a five-year contract and at 22 he will be seen as a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana who they haven't replaced since his move to Liverpool two years ago.

Boufal scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 last season and he will be looking to chip in with a number in that region while creating plenty more for his forwards in his debut season in the Premier League.

His ability is highlighted by the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea were both linked with him during the summer window.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - from Bayern Munich for £12.75m

Having never played regularly at Bayern and making only a handful of appearances in the senior side, Hojbjerg now has a chance to make a name for himself at Southampton.

At just 21, he has already starred for Schalke having spent last season their on loan, making 23 starts.

Hojbjerg will be hoping to establish himself within the side and continue to develop as an exciting young midfielder.


Nathan Redmond - from Norwich City for £11m

Winger Redmond has been snapped up from Norwich City who were relegated to the Championship last season.

He is a pacy and tricky wide man who featured 36 times in the Premier League in 2015/16 and netted six goals in his highest talley of his career so far.

The England U21 regular has a fierce shot and can be deployed on either wing, but will mainly be deployed on the right side of the centre-forward.

At 22, he is primed to take the next step and has already scored this season on his debut for the club in their 1-1 draw at home to Watford.

Manager Puel has likened him to Arsenal great Thierry Henry


Alex McCarthy - from Crystal Palace for £4m

McCarthy has been signed to compete with number one goalkeeper Fraser Forster who is currently sidelined with an injury.

McCarthy was also recently called up to replace Forster in the England squad and he may well challenge him both at international and domestic level to claim the starting jersey.

The 26-year-old has Premier League experience, featuring seven times for Crystal Palace last season, and previously tallied 13 games with Reading and three with QPR before moving to the south coast.


Jeremy Pied - from OGC Nice for free

Pied is a French right-sided midfielder/full-back who played under Puel at Nice.

He signed a two-year deal having played 33 times last season for Nice and spent the previous campaign on loan at Ligue 1 rivals Guingamp.

Unfortunately, Pied went down with a serious knee injury in late August and is likely to be sidelined for the majority of the season.


Other signings


Stuart Taylor - unattached for free

Taylor is the third piece of the goalkeeping puzzle and will deputise behind Forster and McCarthy.

At 35, has enough experience at senior level to step in take over if the aforementioned pair are crocked.

Played three times in the Championship for Leeds United last season.


Overall

The trio of Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama were a huge part of their success last season and they haven't adequately replaced them in this window.

Redmond is a decent signing and will impress but a striker was needed to replace Pelle who moved to China, and Wanyama's presence in midfield will be a miss as Hojbjerg isn't of that mould.

As a result, the Saints may struggle to reach the heights they experienced under Koeman if the new brigade do not fire.

Pied's unfortunate injury compounds their below par summer dealings.


Tribal's Transfer Rating:
6/10

Joe Baker
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