Hasenhuttl rules out summer exits

23 July 2021 00:52:44 GMTPlus10

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he has been pleased with the efforts of the fringe players of his squad and insists they all have a "role to play" this season.

The Saints finished 15th in the Premier League in the previous campaign and they are available at 1/6 to not be relegated this term, while they are 4/1 to finish in the top half of the table.

Last season, Mario Lemina and Mohamed Elyounoussi both spent the year on loan at Fulham and Celtic respectively, while Shane Long and Yan Valery had temporary spells at Bournemouth and Birmingham City in the second half of the campaign.

They all have their role to play and if they all perform, we will have a good season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

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The quartet were reportedly set for summer exits from St Mary's, having seemingly been deemed surplus to requirements, and Newcastle United were believed to be keen on signing Lemina for £4million.

However, Hasenhuttl was asked whether the four players would have any part in the first team this season and he appears to have ruled out any exits during this transfer window.

"All I can say so far is that they have shown an unbelievable effort. They really want to grab this chance, everybody, Mario, Mo, Yan and Longy," he told BBC Radio Solent. "I am very pleased about them so far.

"They came back very fit, otherwise they wouldn't have stood the two weeks of intense training we have had. They really enjoyed it, they're looking tired because we trained early every day twice.

"They all have their role to play and if they all perform, we will have a good season."

Southampton begin their Premier League season with a trip to Everton on 14th August, before the Saints round off the month with clashes against Manchester United and Newcastle United.

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