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SEASON SNAPSHOT: Record points haul for ever-improving Southampton

Southampton produced their highest ever points tally in a Premier League season in 2015/16.

Under Ronald Koeman, the Saints surpassed last season's 60 points by notching 63 in yet another campaign of improvement.

The south coast club were battling in December but produced six clean sheets in a row after the turn of the year and ended the season with seven wins from their last 10 outings,

Scoring goals was not too much of an issue as they played a brand of fluid, free-flowing football but keeping the players who created that style could be a little difficult.

Sadio Mane is a target for a number of top flight rivals and Graziano Pelle reportedly wants to return to Italy but Jay Rodriguez will be back to full fitness next term, as will January signing Charlie Austin, while the form shown by Dusan Tadic late suggests the penny has dropped with him.

Some reinforcements in the summer are essential if they want to naturally progress domestically and perform to a higher standard on the continent as they get set for another crack at the Europa League.


SAINTS SNAPSHOT

POSITION:6th

WIN-DRAW-LOSS RECORD:18-9-11

POINTS:63

GOALS FOR-AGAINST:59-41


SOUTHAMPTON'S TOP 3

SCORERS: Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle both 11, Shane Long 10

ASSISTS: Dusan Tadic 13, Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane both 9

CLEAN SHEETS (leader): Maarten Stekelenburg, Fraser Forster both 6

YELLOW CARDS: Oriol Romeu 7, Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand both 6

RED CARDS: Victor Wanyama 3

EA SPORTS Player Performance Index: Sadio Mane 635, Dusan Tadic 564, Steven Davis 535


TRIBAL'S TOP BOY

Sadio Mane


TWITTER TALK


FROM THE BOSS

"It's one thing speaking about ambition and the second is to show it.

"It's all about trying to improve and to continue. And of course now the expectations will be higher than last season.

"Last season was already a special one and to do even better than last year is incredible."

- Ronald Koeman on BBC Radio Solent, May 2016.


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*Thanks to Opta


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