There wasn’t a lot of business done at St Mary’s in January but there was plenty of change at the South Coast club.
Nigel Adkins was sacked as manager after his side came back from 2-0 down against the champions of Europe Chelsea to snatch a 2-2 draw, leading them to three points above the relegation zone. This was too little too late to save Adkins and Argentine Mauricio Pochettino was brought in by Southampton chairmen Nicola Cortese.
The Saints did make an addition to the playing staff despite the change of manager. Vegard Forren, 24, was purchased for £4.2 million from Norwegian champions Molde, signing a three and a half year deal, after initially being linked with Liverpool.
The left footed centre back won awards back in Norway after his performances in 2012; collecting the NISO Golden Ball (player of the year) and 2012 Knicksenprisen (defender of the year), as well as being awarded his first international cap for Norway and has now got five caps to his name.
Pochetinno will look to Forren to add quality to the defence and help sure up the Saints back line, as they fight to stay in the Premier League.
Disappointment for Saints would be in the failure of their linked transfer with Liverpool’s new signing Philippe Coutihno. Southampton were rumoured to be looking to hijack the Red’s bid, as new gaffer Pochetinno worked with the Brazilian in Spain at Espanyol. The 20 year old could have played a significant role at Southampton and would have gone a long way to securing their safety in the top flight, with the quality he would have brought to the midfield.
On the other hand the Saints fans will be happy they managed to keep the first team intact especially captain Adam Lallana, who will be like a new signing, coming back after two months from a knee injury. Striker Rickie Lambert also remains at St Mary’s as does youngster Luke Shaw, who will sign a new contract on his 18th birthday, after collecting admirers from Premier League clubs with his performances this season, none more so than Arsenal.
Not a lot of money has been splashed out at Southampton, but I feel they have enough to beat the drop.