Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino believes the way his squad responded to
the departure of Dani Osvaldo shows they have a "great future"
Bought from Roma in the summer for some
£15million, Italian forward Osvaldo managed just three goals in 13 appearances and following a training-ground bust-up with defender Jose Fonte was shipped out to Juventus on loan, with a
view to a permanent move.
Pochettino feels the way the team responded in recent weeks - which also followed the high-profile departure of chairman Nicola Cortese - with an unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions, shows their true character.
"This team has always had a very strong mentality and any departure from this
club is going to affect people in a personal manner, but professionally the team
puts in very good performances, takes on a lot of responsibility and puts in a lot of effort," Pochettino said.
"The work rate is always amazing with these players and with all of these players, this club has a great future."
Argentinian Pochettino has himself been linked with a move away from St Mary's
Stadium, but indicated he was in it for the long haul with he Saints.
He said: "I dont really listen to these kind of rumours."They flatter the club and flatter the players that make up this club."Nearly all of our players have been linked with other clubs, which flatters
the philosophy which is in place at this club."
Pochettino added: "On a personal matter, I am very calm on my future and am
already thinking ahead on planning ahead for next season."Southampton now face three away games, starting at Hull on Tuesday night, with
an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sunderland before the trip to West Ham on February
22.Pochettino is expecting his side to maintain their positive approach."We have been on a very good run, been having very good performances and
getting very good results and we just need to carry on in the same manner that
we have been playing, so our focus is to play the same way tomorrow at Hull,"
said Pochettino, whose side drew 2-2 with Stoke on Saturday."We always prefer to play at home but the team has shown the right consistency
and mentality to play away from home as well."Hull moved themselves away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at
Sunderland and Pochettino is relishing the prospect of tackling Steve Bruce's
well-organised team."Hull is a very aggressive side, a very tough side to play against and frankly
a side that I like how they play." he said."We have full respect for Hull and for sure it is going to be a very tough
game against them."Midfielder Victor Wanyama is pushing for a recall after recovering from a
hairline fracture in his leg.Striker Sam Gallagher, meanwhile, could be in the travelling party as the
18-year-old has returned to training from compassionate leave following the
death of his father.