The signing of Van Dijk from Celtic will definitely help out some of the defensive frailties that Southampton showed earlier in the season, overall this is a talented Southampton team though and I think that tomorrow against West Brom we are getting the Saints at a price that makes them one of the bets of the weekend.
“We’ve had good performances apart from at Watford and I want us to continue with the same attitude and determination that we’re showing right now”, he added.
Reports have emerged that Koeman has been identified as a candidate to replace Danny Blind, who succeeded Guus Hiddink in July, but the 52-year-old says he is happy at St Mary’s Stadium.
“Like us, Swansea in my opinion is an example how you have to do the football business”, Southampton manager Koeman said. “I’m looking forward to it”. We get up and go again.
“I’m not overly concerned, if we had lost to a poor Southampton team that was flat and we got beat by three frightful goals then yeah!”
“He’s been out for a long time and it’s also hard because he was out from May and that means no pre-season and a pre-season for a player is a very important part of the season”, Koeman told the club’s website.
“We know his quality, he’s an experienced player, a very good professional, but the time he choose to leave the club he wasn’t first choice on the midfield”.
Jordy Clasie will not be involved, however, but Koeman confirmed that the Dutch midfielder has resumed full training and could come into contention for next week’s trip to Chelsea. He did a great job in all the games he played last season. We will keep going and we will try to give our best. “That’s best to have because of course strikers like to play good football but mostly they look to score goals”.
Swansea boss Garry Monk, meanwhile, has called upon his charges to produce more of the same after they responded to their 1-0 defeat at Watford by securing a home draw against Everton last time out.
“It’s a tremendous learning curve for me and my players”.