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Franny Benali concerned about lack of new signings by Southampton ahead of Premier League season
FRANNY Benali admits he is concerned at the lack of summer signings ahead of Saints’ first game back in the Premier League .
Saints have added four players to their squad since the end of last season; Jay Rodriguez , Steve Davis, Nathaniel Clyne and young goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Dell legend Benali believes more are needed.
“It was a fantastic achievement to get back in the Premier League, it’s very pleasing to be back after seven years, but I would question whether there are enough new faces at this stage,” he said.
“They’ll need more to see them through the campaign and give them a real fighting chance of staying up.
“You need a strong depth of real quality in a Premier League squad.
“Ultimately the person that makes that decision is Nigel Adkins and I’m sure he’ll be making those additions because a number of players who have figured a lot in the last couple of years won’t be as involved as much this season.
“That is a shame from the players’ perspective but it is what happens when you go up.”
Saints have won three of their last four league games at Manchester City, but a draw would be an outstanding start for Nigel Adkins’ side.
“City away is a real baptism of fire,” says Benali, pictured right. “They’re a real force these days and playing away to the champions will be a very stern test.
“When I played at Man City at Maine Road it was usually a relegation battle and in 1996 we managed to stay up at their expense, despite losing at Maine Road.
“Manchester City have always had a very passionate set of fans so I’m sure it will be a wonderful atmosphere.
“Going there will be like a trip to Old Trafford used to be for us but I’m sure they’ll go there in a very positive frame of mind.
“But talk of qualifying for Europe in the club’s first season back is somewhat unrealistic.
“Finishing fourth from bottom has to be the starting point for them, and then they can go from there.”