The January transfer window has come and gone, and it's been a relatively quiet one for Southampton. Vegard Forren has been the only new arrival, whilst seven players left on loan.
Some have been disappointed by Saints' lack of spending, especially given the big bucks being thrown around by relegation rivals QPR, but I personally don't think we've got too much to worry about. We spent a lot in the summer and Mauricio Pochettino is clearly confident the current squad is good enough to survive; something recent performances would back up.
There's usually better value available in the summer too, with January window often a time for desperation and overpriced signings; Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres being two high-profile examples of this. Even the addition of Forren isn't a typical January signing as it's currently the off-season in Norway, so there was no 'mid-season tax' added on to the fee.
Of the players who've been loaned out, none were particularly important in Saints' first team plans, demonstrated by the fact they had a combined total of zero league starts between them. Sam Hoskins and Ben Reeves have both impressed in the U21 league this season, so should benefit from some playing time in the lower leagues. Lee Barnard, Jonathan Forte and Ryan Dickson have hardly featured since our League One days so, despite having been important in our rise up the leagues, won't be missed. Dan Seaborne has spent time away from St. Mary's already this year, so his absence is hardly big news, while Steve De Ridder has been out of favour all campaign. None of these players have had, or were likely to have, a big bearing on Southampton's survival attempts this season.
Taking all things into account, I don't there's any need to panic about Saints' lack of signings. As much as new faces are nice, I really don't think they were as needed as some have made out. We're on a good run of form and have some key players coming back from injury, so the signs are good with regards to us staying up. Then in the summer, when there's better value on the market and we can attract a higher calibre of player, Saints should invest.