Plenty of Southampton fans were somewhat disgruntled with the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer window… until 5:18 PM on Thursday, after the official deadline, when Adam Leitch of The Daily Echo tweeted that a deal sheet had been submitted.
Twitter: Deal sheet has been submitted by #SaintsFC
The chaos of Deadline Day ensued in typical fashion, as Saints pursued a late move for Kevin Danso, who had enjoyed an impressive season for FC Augsburg in Germany.
After a race against time, Southampton got their man and confirmed him as their third summer arrival on a season-long loan deal on Friday morning.
Twitter: #SaintsFC is delighted to announce the signing of @KevinDanso98 on a season-long loan, with an exclusive option to… https://t.co/mQmoY4dZsZ (@SouthamptonFC)
Danso joins fellow new boys Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo at the club, with Ralph Hasenhuttl now set to lead his team into their first season under his management.
Following the arrival of the 20-year-old defender, the mood of most Saints fans has been lifted, and this was evidenced by some of their responses about the transfer window just gone…
Twitter: @ReadSouthampton 7.5/10. Strengthened in relevant areas although leaving it slightly late. (@swhftbl)
Twitter: @ReadSouthampton 8/10, needed a DM but otherwise strengthened in all areas necessary (@adamsfc_)
Twitter: @ReadSouthampton Che will be the biggest hit. High hopes for the other two but know too little about them. Looks li… https://t.co/7HxqqmfYlC (@DjwPersonal)
Twitter: @ReadSouthampton Good acquisitions however disappointing not to be able to offload lemina carillo etc and reinvest… https://t.co/rkVxlLFnPD (@camsfc)
Twitter: @ReadSouthampton Another 1/2 signings (LB, CM) wouldn’t have gone a miss but we strengthened impressively with a re… https://t.co/tHE5z9RoPg (@SFC_Kristian)
Read Southampton’s verdict
The thoughts of the above Saints fans resonate with my own. It proved to be a really solid transfer window for the club, and while we haven’t yet offloaded as many of the fringe players as what was initially hoped, the new signings are really promising.
Adams has the makings of a top, top striker, and £15 million is a bargain price. Djenepo is an unknown quantity but does fit the type of attacker that Hasenhuttl tends to favour.
The deal for Danso, though, is one that turns the window from an underwhelming one to a successful one. He can play in holding midfield but is primarily a centre-back, and his ability to operate in both of these position makes him a hugely valuable addition.
All in all, it was a strong showing from Saints in the market, and we’re well set for the season ahead.