Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has admitted they have ‘struggled’ this season, but there is confidence in the group that they can turn it around.

The Saints have struggled so far this season, with just 17 points from 17 games and three wins to their name so far.

They currently sit six points clear of the relegation zone, so are not in immediate danger, but there is a fear that could change quickly, particularly if Newcastle, who are seven points behind them at this point, can transform their side in January.

The biggest problem for Southampton this season has been turning draws into wins, with them currently sitting on eight draws from 17 games played, the joint-most in the Premier League.

Part of that has been due to their goalscoring issues, with their current forward options failing to fill the void left behind by Danny Ings’ move to Aston Villa in the summer.

It’s an issue they may look to rectify in January, but before that point, there are plenty of games to be played and points to be won.

And Romeu insists that is where their focus lies, with the squad ‘hopeful’ they can turn things around with a couple of wins.

“The Premier League is competitive, and it’s difficult to get two wins in a row,” the Southampton midfielder told Radio Marca.

“We’ve had periods where we seemed to find our form and others where we’ve struggled a bit more.

“We are in the lower part (of the table), but with a couple of victories we can get back to the mid-table.

“At Christmas, when we have a lot of matches, we were hopeful that we could do it because the team had been working well and the sensations were good.”