‘Special’ team spirit propelling high-flying Southampton – Forster

The Saints were tipped to struggle after a summer of change and strife but are second in the Premier League after 11 games – only four points behind Chelsea

'Special' team spirit propelling high-flying Southampton - Forster

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster ascribes his side’s success this season to the “special” team spirit within the squad.

The England international was one of eight new signings at the club during the close season as new boss Ronald Koeman built a new-look squad following the departures of Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

Southampton were expected to struggle after losing so many key players as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino but they sit second in the Premier League table after 11 matches – four points behind leaders Chelsea.

“There is something very special about the club,” Forster told the press when trying to explain their fantastic start. “There is togetherness here I’ve never experienced before, especially when you consider the turnover of players.

“That’s a credit to the lads who have settled in so fast and a credit to the players already here for making us feel so welcome.

“The manager and coaching staff make us believe in ourselves and give us the courage to go out and play.”

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