After an especially unpleasant start to the summer, Southampton fans can at least take some solace from the fact that the worst is surely now over.
Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have left, and Dejan Lovren is all but gone as well, but the process of rebuilding the team should be more enjoyable than the dismemberment the Saints have suffered.
Attacking reinforcements have already arrived in the shape of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle and Ronald Koeman must now turn his attention to his back five, where as many as three signings are needed.
A new goalkeeper is important, with Artur Boruc injury-prone and inconsistent, while Lovren and Shaw both have to be replaced.
Of the three, a new centre-back able to marshal the backline as effectively as the Croatian will be especially difficult to find.
With Lovren on board, the Saints conceded 14 less goals last season than they did in 2012/13 and kept 15 clean sheets, a tally bettered by just three Premier League sides.
Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk is one man who has been linked with Southampton as a possible replacement for Lovren, and Koeman would be wise to make his compatriot a top target in the coming weeks.
Van Dijk won Celtic’s Players’ Player of the Year award after an excellent debut year in Scotland, starring in the defence that broke a 43-year-old record by not conceding a goal for 1,215 minutes of league football.
Southampton would actually be wise to double down on Celtic players by grabbing Fraser Forster to solve their keeper issues, while at left-back, their fans would surely be delighted to see Sporting’s Marcos Rojo join the club.
The 24-year-old played all but one game as Argentina made the final of the World Cup and is apparently available for £12m this summer, a tiny fee in comparison to the £30m Southampton got for Shaw.
If Koeman could grab this trio for his back five as well as keeping hold of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez, the Saints could finish this terrifying transfer window with a fine-looking first team.