Southampton sold £65m’s worth of defenders in last summer’s transfer window in what must be one of the best pieces of business in living memory!
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As pointed out by football writer Daniel Storey on Twitter, the Saints made huge amounts from the sales of Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers to Arsenal, but have conceded 20 fewer goals than they did at this stage last season.
Southampton sold three defenders for £65m last summer. Have conceded 20 fewer goals than at this stage last season. Mightily impressive.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 20, 2015
In addition to that, Ronald Koeman’s side have the best goals-against record in the Premier League this season, better than the clubs they sold those players to, with Reds ace Lovren looking the worst buy of the lot as Brendan Rodgers’ side let in 12 more than the Croatian’s old team.
Southampton even have a better defence than league leaders and champions-elect Chelsea, conceding two fewer so far as they close in on a hugely impressive season with some smart signings of their own in Toby Alderweireld and Ryan Bertrand, while others like Jose Fonte and Nathaniel Clyne have improved hugely under their new manager.
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Southampton may well lose more big names this summer, but they have shown their stars that they might not necessarily be better off elsewhere after a change in fortunes for Lovren, Shaw and Chambers.