Swansea manager Paul Clement believes the club have a stronger squad heading to St Mary’s tomorrow than the one they had last term.
The Welsh side are the visitors for the opening game of the 2017/18 Premier League season, and Clement, who has brought in Tammy Abraham, Roque Mesa and Erwin Mulder this summer, is in an optimistic mood ahead of the game.
“I think we are stronger as a squad than we were last season,” said the Swans boss, .
“We haven’t had many players going out and we have integrated three new signings.”
Clement will, however, be without injured trio Fernando Llorente, Ki Sung-Young and Nathan Dyer for the match, as well as Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Whatever the line-ups, the Swans boss is expecting a good contest between the sides.
“Any game away from home in the Premier League is hard and Southampton are a good side,” he said.
“They had a good league finish last season. They play a good style of football and they have good players.
“I respect them as a club because they have a tradition of developing players, and we are expecting a difficult test.”