Southampton ended their Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.
Saints secured their Premier League survival with a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth over a fortnight ago with the club readying themselves for another season in the top flight.
Preparation can now begin on the next campaign with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl determined to improve on a points tally of 39 and to secure their survival much earlier.
This is set to be the first transfer window that Hasenhuttl has had which should result in the manager bringing in his own players to improve the squad.
There are a lot of questions that need answering going into the summer and we have picked out 10 of the most important ones.
What positions will Saints strengthen?
There are two main areas that need improving in the summer transfer window with centre-backs and strikers proving to be a problematic area.
The right-back and winger positions could also do with improving due to a lack of depth behind the starting XI.
It will be interesting to see if Hasenhuttl and the board agree and which positions they believe need upgrading the most.
What new personnel will be signed?
Once the club have worked out what areas need improving then it will be interesting to see who they opt to bring in.
Most of the players Southampton have been linked with have never played in the Premier League so it will be intriguing as to whether that is the route they go down.
Tom Rogic (pictured) has been a prominent rumour while they could look at the relegated clubs for some inspiration, such as Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Will Hasenhuttl go back and raid RB Leipzig?
Hasenhuttl did a great job at German side RB Leipzig, guiding them to second place in the table in what was their first season in the Bundesliga.
The manager could go back to his old club for new Saints signings as he would already know what they are capable of.
What will happen to the fringe players?
Hasenhuttl gave opportunities to a few of the fringe players last weekend in a 3-1 defeat to West Ham.
This included starts for Fraser Forster and Stuart Armstrong. While I believe Armstrong will still be around next season, Forster’s future is not so clear.
Formally the Saints number one, Forster has slipped to third-choice behind Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy.
It would therefore be in the best interest for both parties for Forster to move his career on.
What about the players out on loan?
Southampton have a remarkable number of players who cost the club big money but are currently out on loan.
Guido Carrillo, Sofiane Boufal, Jordy Clasie, Wesley Hoedt and Cedric Soares have all been at different clubs this season and all of their futures are up in the air.
Hasenhuttl made the decision for Hoedt and Cedric to leave which suggests neither of them are in his plans.
The manager is yet to work with the other three so it is unclear as to whether they will still be here by the time next season comes around.
Can Hasenhuttl get the best out of Mario Lemina?
Lemina’s time at St Mary’s has shown signs of promise as it is impossible to doubt his technical ability.
However, he has struggled to make an impact on games which has left to him being behind Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the midfield pecking order.
His time since Hasenhuttl arrived has been plagued with injury and with the potential he has, it will be interesting to see if a pre-season under the gaffer will be what he needs.
Will Mohamed Elyounoussi stay or leave?
The Norwegian winger has been a flop since signing for £16 million from FC Basel.
Given that he failed to improve under Hasenhuttl when others did, his future is one that is up in the air.
No goals and no assists have left him behind Josh Sims in the pecking order and you get the feeling if a decent offer comes in, he won’t be a Saints player much longer.
What does the future hold for Charlie Austin and Shane Long?
Shane Long has had an impressive end to the season which was highlighted by breaking the record for the fastest ever Premier League goal.
Charlie Austin’s opportunities to impress have been fewer with his highlight being scoring the winner in a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
However, both strikers have been linked with moves to leave the club this summer as they are unlikely to get regular action next season.
What system will Hasenhuttl use?
It will be very interesting to see which formation Hasenhuttl will use during the club’s pre-season friendlies.
The Austrian deployed a 5-3-2 system which seemed to favour the players and ultimately led to survival but he doesn’t seem too keen to stick with it.
His favoured formation is a 4-2-2-2 which he has experimented with in recent weeks, but it hasn’t led to much success.
What are the club's aims for next season?
Hasenhuttl has been quite cautious in making bold predictions and aims for the next campaign.
He has stuck with the belief that he just wants to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and go from there.
More optimistic supporters may be targeting a return to mid-table safety or even a push for the top half but we will have to wait to find out what he believes will be a success.
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