Southampton supporters flocked to St Mary's to pay homage to new midfield king-pin Jordy Clasie but it was another less-heralded summer signing who put in the star turn in their 3-0 Europa League win over Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday night.
When Cedric Soares was signed by Ronald Koeman from Sporting Lisbon for a paltry £3.2 million, some questioned whether the 23-year-old would be able to fill the considerable void left by Nathaniel Clyne's departure to Liverpool.
But if his first competitive...
Southampton could not have wished for more on their return to European football, but Ronald Koeman will not let complacency slip in against Vitesse Arnhem.
It has been 12 topsy-turvy years since Saints last appeared on the continental stage -- a period in which the club dropped down to League One and the brink of extinction.
Now, though, things are on the up at St. Mary's, with last season's best-ever Premier League campaign resulting in European football returning to the south coast.
Southampton enjoyed a dream return to continental football, hitting three past Vitesse Arnhem as they secured a first European win in nearly 34 years.
Saints have endured a topsy-turvy time since their last dalliance with football on this stage in 2003, dropping down to League One and the verge of liquidation before rising to last year secure their best ever Premier League finish.
That surprise seventh place brought with it qualification for the Europa League, which Ronald Koeman's men started with...