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Saints never planned shopping spree
As exciting as it might be, it is rarely an encouraging sign to see your club scrambling around hoping to sign players on transfer deadline day.
The history of this frenetic and increasingly ludicrous football spectacle is littered with panic buys, premium prices, and poor results.
There are always exceptions, of course, but it is generally accepted that the most advisable approach is to conclude your business in advance of this day.
As former Manchester United player and now respected pundit Gary Neville remarked last year: “What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs.”
With that in mind, Saints’ decision to sit back and let events drift past them yesterday is one that should be largely welcomed, even if that is little consolation to those who might have spent their day staring wishfully at the yellow breaking news ticker on Sky Sports or refreshing their Twitter feed every five seconds for news of one last arrival.
Saints’ intention this summer was to add proven quality in selected key positions, not to embark on a major shopping spree.
With an outlay in excess of £30m that secured the high-profile acquisitions of Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo, the club feel they have done just that and, while they were willing to remain open to late opportunities, they had made it clear they would be delighted with their work if it ended there.
The only potential point for concern could be the size of the first-team squad, with Emmanuel Mayuka’s loan move to Sochaux reducing the number listed by Saints to 23.
Yet the squad is at least well spread, with cover in every position and, with no European front to fight on, it should be plentiful enough to cope with the rigours of the next four months, although the club must be conscious of the possibility of an unfortunate run of injuries.
So, while the success of Saints’ three acquisitions will only become truly known further down the line, the club can reflect on what appears to be an encouraging summer in the market.
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