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The team Southampton could have had today

Thursday 10th November 2016
Southampton have lost many of their star names over the past ten years. If the club had retained their top players, Saints would be a real force in English football this season, and here is why.

Southampton are consistent performers in the Premier League. The club has one of the best academies in English football, which is famous for developing young players; Saints also have a good record when it comes to purchasing new signings, with many arriving from overseas. However, key players have continued to depart the south coast club in recent years.

Here is the starting XI that Southampton could have fielded today, consisting of players who have played for the club in the last decade.

Goalkeeper



This is the one position where there are limited choices. However, the best goalkeeper for Southampton since 2006, by a distance, is Fraser Forster . He's a regular in the England set-up, as well as being a commanding presence in goal and a good shot stopper.

Defence

The first defender in the team is Toby Alderweireld . The Belgian was on loan at Southampton; since then he has emerged as one of the Premier League's best centre-backs while at Tottenham Hotspur, which saw him voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year last season.

Partnering Alderweireld is current Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte ; a defender who has been at the club for eight seasons. Fonte has twice been voted Saints player of the year, he also played a big role in helping Portugal triumph at Euro 2016 during the summer.

At left-back, Luke Shaw gets in the team. He was a revelation at Southampton, where he was voted into the PFA Premier League team of the year in 2013-14. Although Shaw is yet to produce his best at Old Trafford, he remains a talented attacking full-back.
The last position in defence goes to Nathaniel Clyne . The former Southampton player spent three seasons at the club and he's since gone on to become a regular starter for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Clyne offers pace and a serious attacking threat.

Midfield



The first of the two central midfielders is Victor Wanyama . During his time at Southampton, he developed into a top Premier League holding midfielder. Wanyama's strength is his main attribute and he's using it to full effect this season while prospering at Tottenham.

Morgan Schneiderlin deservedly takes his place in the side in central midfield. The Frenchman was a key player for Southampton during eight seasons at the club, and although he's struggled to break into Manchester United's first-team, he remains a talented individual.

Another high-profile player who left Saints for Liverpool: Adam Lallana . He appeared in over 250 games for Southampton and he was instrumental in the club's rise from League One to the Premier League. Lallana is now flourishing this season at Anfield.

Attack

The easiest selection of all is Gareth Bale . He played at Southampton for just one full season, but since then he's established himself as one of the best players in world football. Bale has achieved huge success while playing for Tottenham, Real Madrid, and internationally with Wales.

Sadio Mane occupies the position on the right-hand side of midfield. The Senegalese International scored 21 league goals in 67 games while at Southampton. Mane left Saints in the summer for £34 million and he's quickly turned into a crucial player for Liverpool.

The final place in the starting XI goes to former Southampton youngster Theo Walcott . After a promising season for the Saints, he moved to Arsenal, and although he's never reached his full potential, Walcott still offers blistering pace and a goal-scoring threat.

Just missing out



An alternative side of past and current Southampton players also looks impressive: Goalkeeper Artur Boruc, central defensive duo Dejan Lovren and Virgil Van Dijk, full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares, a midfield combination of Jordy Clasie and Steven Davis, in front of those Nathan Redmond, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dusan Tadic out wide, and Graziano Pelle up front.

 
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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