After the chaos of last summer, when it seemed for a moment that their club was being pulled apart at the seams, even the most soft-hearted of Southampton fans will allow themselves a little schadenfreude at how their former favourites have struggled elsewhere.
Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, who all departed for Liverpool, have found themselves on the fringes at Anfield, with the defender in particular criticised for his under-par performances.
Lovren has made six defensive errors this term, more than any other outfield player in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Luke Shaw, who Manchester United spent the princely sum of £27m on, has been beset by injuries, limiting the teenager to just 15 Premier League appearances.
To add insult to those injuries, Shaw could well be overtaken by Ryan Bertrand, who Southampton signed to replace him, in the England pecking order.
At Arsenal, Calum Chambers’ bright start has fizzled out rapidly, with the young defender featuring in just five of the Gunners’ past 14 league games.
Despite all of this, several of Southampton’s current stars are reportedly considering leaving the club this summer, with Nathaniel Clyne likeliest to go due to his contract situation.
The right-back will enter the final year of his current deal at the end of this season, meaning the Saints will have little choice but to cash in on the 24-year-old if he doesn’t sign a new contract soon.
Clyne is 1/1 to still be a Southampton player next term, but only 6/4 to be plying his trade at Manchester United, with Liverpool next in the betting at 3/1.
However, Clyne should take into account his former colleague’s struggles elsewhere. He is settled at Southampton and now a regular in Roy Hodgson’s England squad as well.
While move to a bigger club would see Clyne earn more money, he would have no guarantees of a starting spot and it could jeopardise his chances of staying in Hodgson’s plans for Euro 2016.
Spending at least one more year at Southampton seems the wisest choice for now, and the 24-year-old should learn a lesson from the struggles his former teammates have endured this term.