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Graziano Pelle believes Southampton's squad possesses the aptitude and attitude to maintain their top-four tilt.
After a summer of unparalleled upheaval at St Mary's, not even the most optimistic of fans could have foreseen them sitting third at this stage of the season.
Yet that is where Saints find themselves, sat proudly above all the players and staff that left in the summer, thanks to Ronald Koeman's nous and some wily additions.
Pelle, signed from Koeman's former club Feyenoord, was one of those...
After the disappointment of an FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, a record Premier League finish, European qualification and perhaps even Champions League remain very much in Ronald Koeman and Southampton's sights.
A home clash against a Swansea City team without both Wilfried Bony and Gylfi Sigurdsson looks to be the ideal tonic to last week's woes. It's time to get the season back on track. That isn't to say it will be easy, though, and Saints themselves will be without several key players.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring a utility player in before the transfer deadline, with Tonny Vilhena and Filip Djuricic top of his shopping list.
This month, like so many winter windows before it, has been quiet at St Mary's, with the loan addition of Eljero Elia the only arrival at the top-four contenders.
That is how Koeman had planned to keep it until injuries began to mount and midfielder Jack Cork rejected a new contract in favour of a move to Swansea.
Now, the Dutchman is...