Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has a sense of humour. After Dejan Lovren became the fourth major player to be sold by the club this summer, the new Saints manager tweeted he was "Ready for training!" and accompanied his post with an appropriately empty pitch.
Emptiness is how Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin are probably feeling right about now. Schneiderlin is still on holiday due to his World Cup excursions, but the injured Rodriguez's mood will not have improved by the player exodus from St Mary's, with Calum Chambers also set to complete an £11 million move to Arsenal. Both Schneiderlin and Rodriguez could also leave.
Chambers' inevitable departure will mean Southampton have pocketed £91m for five players that cost £9.5m between them. It is great business but it is also alarming. Under Mauricio Pochettino, they had the potential to (eventually) compete for a Champions League place but mid-table mediocrity now awaits them.
Meanwhile, at Southampton FC.. pic.twitter.com/CwRC9JcVEa— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) July 25, 2014
Southampton owners looking at the first team squad back for pre season pic.twitter.com/18aHhPWfov— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) July 26, 2014ADVERTISEMENT
How long until Liverpool make a £15m bid for Southampton's tea lady? pic.twitter.com/EUIyN2hIQ4— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) July 28, 2014
Meanwhile, over at Southampton… pic.twitter.com/4Ro9nEwfQj— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 27, 2014
Southampton SALE 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/IKxzG4QLmS— B.Batbayar (@Baabar2) July 28, 2014
Ronald Koeman tweeted a picture of Southampton's training ground. Look what we spotted. pic.twitter.com/XWm2uOFxBc— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) July 28, 2014
Jay Rodriguez when he returns from injury... pic.twitter.com/EvfkA442fL— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 27, 2014
Jay Rodriguez when he returns to training at Southampton pic.twitter.com/A3gWQLvgbM— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) July 28, 2014