Alan Pardew believes Southampton are the Premier League’s “model” club
New Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has spoken out about high-flying Southampton ahead of the Eagles’ trip to St Mary’s in the FA Cup – describing the Saints as the current model club of the Premier League, the Daily Star reports.
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Southampton currently sit third in the league – two points above Manchester United and just five behind reigning Champions Manchester City.
After selling a number of key players in the summer, including Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, it’s not only Southampton fans that have been surprised by their outstanding form this season.
Many would have been forgiven for believing that Ronald Koeman’s side would run out of luck eventually and begin to drift away from the top-four – but with the festive period having passed, and his side almost establishing a top-four spot, the possibility of Champions League football next season has become all-the-more believable.
Southampton continue to reap the plaudits and Alan Pardew has added his voice towards the outstanding job that Southampton and boss Koeman have achieved so far this campaign – describing them as the current “model club”.
“They’ve spent a bit of money over the last three years in the Premier League and they’ve invested it wisely,” Pardew said.
“The Premier League moves very quickly, you’ve got to quickly shift with the times and at the moment Southampton are making that adjustment, they’re moving with the times well and that’s the key to being the model club for the next five to ten years,” Pardew continued.
Southampton take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Saturday, and the former Newcastle boss knows his side will have to face a tough 90 minutes of football against the high-flyers.