Southampton have sold a plethora of talent over the years, players who have come through the famed both academy, as well as those the Saints have picked up from other clubs for little money and sold on for big profit.
Could this ridiculously good Southampton sold XI could finish in the top four?
The majority of the players making the list are British which shows Southampton’s desire to improve the quality of players produced in the home nations. Every single English player that has made an appearance for Southampton since their return to the Premier League has gone on to represent England in some capacity; James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond are the latest to gain senior call-ups.
Interestingly, if this team had stayed together now it would have one of the highest volumes of homegrown players in the Premier League.
GK: Artur Boruc
The 'Mad Pole' was loved at Celtic, and that continued on the south coast. Image Source: Twitter.
RB: Calum Chambers
Chambers was decent in his only senior season at Saints before a £16million move to Arsenal. Image Source: Twitter
CB: Dejan Lovren
Lovren, now hated by Saints fans, was once loved before throwing his toys out of the pram in order to get a move away. Image Source: Twitter
CB: Jose Fonte
Fonte was great for Southampton, but left a sour taste in the mouths of fans after a move to West Ham. Image Source: Twitter
LB: Luke Shaw
Shaw was immense for Saints, and it must hurt them seeing what is going on to the left-back at United. Image Source: Twitter
RM: Gareth Bale
Needs no introduction. One of the best in the world. Image Source: Twitter
CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
'Chambo' warmed the hearts of Saints fans despite his Portsmouth connections. Image Source: Twitter
CM: Morgan Schneiderlin
'Spidey' as he's known to Saints fans had the legs to ping numerous passes whilst in a Saints shirt. Starting to get back to his best at Everton. Image Source: Twitter.
LM: Theo Walcott
Youngest ever Southampton player aged 16 and 143 days. Not hit the heights since his move away. Image Source: Twitter
CAM: Adam Lallana
Lallana once adored on the south coast broke the hearts of Saints fans when he moved to Merseyside. Image Source: Twitter
ST: Rickie Lambert
Southampton's best striker since James Beattie. Image Source: Twitter
SUB: Bartosz Bialkowski
SUB- Bialkowski made a few blunders in a Saints shirt, but is the best of the rest. Source: Twitter
SUB: Nathaniel Clyne
Full-backs are replaceable. Cedric for Clyne was a like for like. Image Source: Twitter
SUB: Jos Hooiveld
Once quoted Southampton being 'The Paradise of England' loved more for his persona than his footballing skill. Image Source: Twitter
SUB: Victor Wanyama
The loveable Kenyan and his love of Spaghetti. Not a bad footballer either. Image Source
SUB: Jason Puncheon
Once went off for a toilet break mid-match wearing a Southampton shirt. Shouldn't have been sold. Image Source: Twitter
SUB: Sadio Mane
Maybe a little harsh, but needs to be more consistent. Image Source: Twitter
SUB: Graziano Pelle
Who can blame him for leaving for £350,000 a week?! Image Source: Twitter
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The strength of the bench further emphasises the abundance of quality. Perhaps the likes of Sadio Mane and Jason Puncheon are unlucky to miss out but it would have been hard to leave out the quality of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale on the wings.
How far could this side go? Unfortunately for Southampton fans this squad never got to play with each other. But with all the quality of this squad it would be criminal for them not to challenge the top four of even further with the sheer number of Premier League appearances and International caps between them.
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