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27 Apr 2017 10:35:25
Any news that we are interested in Dominic Solanke?

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26 Apr 2017 17:39:37
So what is the current status of the supposed takeover and what effect is it believed to have on the club?

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27 Apr 2017 10:41:25
According to The S*n today, the Premier League have blocked it but 'lawyers for the Chinese consortium are due to meet the Premier League this morning in a bid to reach a final verdict on Lander and Gao’s suitability to buy into the richest league in the world.

The outcome does not guarantee Lander will complete a deal with Saints owner Katharina Liebherr. '

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27 Apr 2017 13:29:11
Lander's own website have said that there are inaccuracies being reported in the UK Press, that their President isn't a crook and that discussions with KL and Saints are progressing well.

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26 Apr 2017 16:51:08
Why is it that saints can't afford to pay out big wages when they can pay ca ceres up to a 1,000,000 and NOT play him that an extra 20,000 a week to someone who we want to keep? PLAY HIM.

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26 Apr 2017 17:13:06
Pardon.

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27 Apr 2017 15:34:03
I get the drift. we have a top centre back warming the bench and it's a waste of money and resources not to play him. I agree.

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27 Apr 2017 17:23:39
I believe that the appearance fee is much higher than what you have quoted and his wages are a lot lower. Try literally swapping your figures! He signed for free on a shoe string wage to keep himself fit and linked to a club. We signed him for free and on a low wage to fill a gap of a sultry necessary, hence his large appearance fee. That's how I see it, may be wrong but it would explain why he isn't getting a game.

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27 Apr 2017 17:50:46
He's apparently on 65k a week, which would put his total earnings at about 1.2 mil by the end of his contract.

However, I think that includes appearance fee's and bonuses etc, it's probably nearer 20k a week guaranteed pay he's getting (which would put him in line with Hesketh and about 8k a week less than Reed)

It's possible we're not playing him because A) he's not fit enough and there's no point in paying him appearance fee's etc if he's going to be cr*p, B) He's actually looking good and the club are trying to give him as long as possible to recover from the injury, whilst possibly keeping his ability a secret so he can be signed with little to no competition in the summer or C) Jack Stephens and Yoshida are ahead of him on merit and fully deserves their places, even if he is out earning them.

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27 Apr 2017 19:37:49
A player of his class fit or not would not just warm the bench in sunny Southampton for low or no wages he's a well known skirt chaser and flares ladies in town ain't that much of a pull.

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23 Apr 2017 13:09:35
So, I have read a few stories today linking Watfords Helder Costa with Southampton. Apparently Monaco, Arsenal and Chelsea are looking at him with Arsenal already sending scouts to look at him. Perhaps if we can offer guaranteed first team
Football we might just be an interesting move for the lad. Looks good at Watford recently and I think he could be a good addition. Thoughts?

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23 Apr 2017 14:19:49
think you will find he plays for wolves.

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23 Apr 2017 15:16:51
Ah yes, apologies. The rest is true though, well, not necessarily true but validated.

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24 Apr 2017 16:09:34
they have just paid 13m I believe so would take 20 odd I would think to get him away from them. Then you think if he isn't ready straight away Sigurdsson would be a much better proposition. what message doe this send to the fringe players if we do this. We already have to may midfielders to keep all happy with others coming through and knocking on the door.

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25 Apr 2017 14:26:17
We need more goals from midfield and it doesn't matter how many players we already have they are not going to add up to the required quality or finish.

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22 Apr 2017 22:16:58
So, we are Chinese now or at least 80% of us.

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22 Apr 2017 23:11:52
Has it happened? Was it lander or someone else.? I saw it had gone quiet.

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23 Apr 2017 14:19:02
Lander (but a subsidiary or a slightly different arm than the original company - but for all intents and purposes - the same company) according to their website. It's waiting on Premier League ratification.

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20 Apr 2017 09:39:41
My friends son works for SSN - he seems to think Joe hart to Saints is a done deal (! ) - If true, this would be a very interesting signing. Thoughts?

{Ed002's Note - There is no "done deal" for Joe Hart.}

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20 Apr 2017 09:47:35
I must admit I was rather sceptical when I was told. I would be very surprised if it happened.

{Ed002's Note - There is no doubt his time at Manchester City is coming to an end and Torino would like to be able to do something. His representatives have the permission of the club to look for a new club for Hart and will be talking to other sides to see what options are available.}

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23 Apr 2017 13:06:42
If, and that is a big if, Joe Hart is linked to us, it would only be in Fraser was off, even then it would be unlikely that Hart will come here. I rate him and a keeper but we would have to pay big wages for him. I'm happier with what we have personally.

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19 Apr 2017 13:36:41
Just seen on SSN we are after Sigurdsson from Swansea, any truth in this Eds.
Look at me, we hate it when clubs come knocking on our door! Just football I suppose.

{Ed002's Note - Gylfi Sigurdsson is of interest to a nukmber of sides including Southampton.}

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19 Apr 2017 19:24:10
We've been interested in him for a couple of windows now - I heard we put a bid in in Jan for him? Up until this season, Swansea have been doing fine so no dice. Their season this time though means there could be movement. Koeman and Everton are interested too.

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20 Apr 2017 09:50:53
I have been a fan of Sigurdsson for a while now. If we are lucky enough to get him then it would be a definite and positive improvement to the squad.

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21 Apr 2017 13:12:57
I heard that we put a £37m bid in for him in the January window just gone.

{Ed002's Note - They would have bitten the collective arm off if Southampton did.}

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21 Apr 2017 19:13:50
I hope you laughed in whoever's face told you that joff. Sell Mane for £34m and then buy Sigurdsson for £37?! Really?

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21 Apr 2017 22:37:40
I didn't believe it but clubs are talking £35m now for him, so I thought I'd mention it. They thought that maybe the figure was jointly for him and that Swans defender we were. linked with on deadline day, but that was shot down by both Clubs - just rumours.

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22 Apr 2017 09:51:40
Sigurdsson was koemans number 1 target before he upped sticks some say part of the reason he left as board deemed to much money for one player, redmond much cheaper and arrived before puel became manager.

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12 Apr 2017 21:20:47
Some people want to roll over and die and just let any or all of our players go they ALL signed a new long term contracts last season so I'd like for once we held them to them to those contacts and see just what we can achieve without ripping the team apart every season. Let's stand firm and keep this team together let's not be the nearly team again.,

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14 Apr 2017 13:58:02
It's not just the players. The Club have a price on each and if that's met, then 'bye-bye' (except for Morgan who they asked to stay for one more season) .

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18 Apr 2017 01:01:24
the successes of the last few seasons hasn't been the quality of the players (hence why they look poor when they move) but the fact everyone plays for each other and wants to wear the shirt.

The board know this and know that keeping an unhappy player would upset that balance. They may as well cash in and buy someone else to fit the ethic of the club .

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19 Apr 2017 06:57:23
That will make us ALWAYS the nearly club.

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19 Apr 2017 10:29:25
We do not have the sort of squad ATM that can push higher. We have key players like Gabbi and Bertrand who I'd hate to see leave but a few like Tadic blow hot and cold and could be replaced if they left. Until we can pay big wages we will have to continue to do clever dealing.

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09 Apr 2017 19:53:23
It's being reported that Liverpool have opened discussions with VVD about a summer move with Saints prepared to accept £50m. Liverpool want to pay much less than that but throw in Sakho.

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09 Apr 2017 20:13:16
Its bound to happen, i'd be disappointed if he went to Liverpool, which might sound weird but think he's actually better than that. before his recent performances I didn't think too much of sakho but it could be right but I would hope for closer to 40 and sakho.

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10 Apr 2017 21:46:19
Reported where? I certainly haven't seen anything. I'd be absolutely amazed if he went there, he is much much better than that. I'd also be amazed that we'd accept £50m for him, given how much better than Stones he is. More info please.

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11 Apr 2017 09:09:53
If he needs to go anywhere it should be man city. Pep is a better coach than klopp.

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11 Apr 2017 17:20:04
I totally disagree with that, Klopp is a much better manager than pep. He built his team at dortmund and has been building his squad a Liverpool. Pep has been handed great squads everywhere he has been. He arguably had the strongest team on paper at the start of the season. Klopp has had to deal with a few injuries to key players this season.

That all been said I do still agree with your point that Vvd is too good for Liverpool but I think he be too good for any British club by the time he reaches his peak. that's just my opinion on it though. Doesn't mean I'm necessarily right.

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11 Apr 2017 22:02:13
I think that was why he said better coach. not manager. Pep will make VVD into a better player than Klopp can.

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14 Apr 2017 13:58:55
Okay, I was a bit early, but it's everywhere today that Liverpool have joined the race alongside City and Chelsea.

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15 Apr 2017 13:23:29
You were well early! Be interested to know where you heard it. You're not mates with Dorset are you?

If it's true (which I doubt) we need to send Kelvin McKenzie round to have a word with him!

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07 Apr 2017 11:01:12
Is Gardos heading for the exit door this summer? So I've been told. Expect both him and Martina to leave this summer. Which is a shame because he could've really been a handy squad player or even first teamer had he not had his injury.
Would be interesting to know what the club is working on regarding the cb department. Caceres doesn't seem to be in Puel's first team plans and we'd be lucky to hold on to Virgil, plus Jason Mac will be coming back after yet another standout season on loan.

{Ed002's Note - If Virgil van Dijk leaves Southampton will have to look for a good replacement and if the price of Semedo came down they could certain strike a deal there. I am not aware of interest in Gardos at this time.}

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08 Apr 2017 02:32:17
Would be hard to attract any buyers if you just came back from a long term injury and hardly played any games recently. Love the look of Semedo, would love it more if he was signed to partner VVD instead of replacing him. We've always got it right with CBs recently and I'm sure we can pull another trick from the hat if we have to. Any news on goalkeeper rumours ed?

{Ed002's Note - There are certainly going to be buyers interested. I am sure there is interest in Joe Hart.}

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08 Apr 2017 11:56:26
Ah yes, remember the Hart rumours a while back. Not sure where I stand on that though. Good keeper but prone to the odd mistake. At least he's agile enough to get down and make a save.

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08 Apr 2017 17:48:30
Well I'll be damned. Way to kick my mouth to the curb big FF. Well done.

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09 Apr 2017 09:19:46
A few good stops from ff yesterday and I know your ginna be why am I saying it but look how many times he puts it back in the danger area after a save still not convincing for me. Nice to see Korey and Pierre get some game time and a big 3 points manolo back and we will cause anyone priblems.

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09 Apr 2017 19:54:30
The saves sounded much better on Radio Solent at the time than they looked on MOTD in the evening.

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04 Apr 2017 12:28:37
Where has austin gone I heard the other day he was back in training we could do with his goals with gabbi being injured. I can't wait to see us at full strength with gabbi, tadic (at his best), boufal, austin, jwp, redderz, j rod where r they all going to play.

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04 Apr 2017 12:48:57
I wouldn't worry about it,1 if not 2 of those won't be here next season.

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05 Apr 2017 23:51:01
i would love to see j-rod develop and become what he once was, but he just isn't getting that opportunity to get game-time and build confidence. Be interesting to see what's up with tadic at the end of the season after his little problem with puel.

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27 Mar 2017 11:01:55
Rumours of interest in tadic from a few clubs and apparently a 13 mill buy out clause. any light on this eds?

{Ed002's Note - Ignore any clauses and there sure as hell is no "buy out" clause - but regardless, Napoli are interested in Tadic. I am not aware of any other serious interest at this time.}

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30 Mar 2017 18:33:17
Tadic trying to pick a fight and alienate Puel so he can get a big money transfer out in the summer to somewhere his agent has already agreed he will go probably. Have often thought he only plays in the first half. He has also missed a truck load of good chances this season. Much prefer Boufal and think once he gets a steady few games tadic won't be happy playing second fiddle. Let's sell him make a profit and backfill.

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31 Mar 2017 12:09:53
Clearly you've been watching a different Boufal to the rest of us. starting to think that guy was suggested to us by George Weah.

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31 Mar 2017 13:04:41
clearly you think boufal had not just come back from a long term injury when he first played, isn't young hasn't had an injury since and missed afcon and doesn't need anytime to develop and settle. Tadic biggest plus was picking out pelle who has gone. He doesn't shoot and after a dink her or there wanders around generally not tackling back. For the future we can't play them all and Boufal has more to develop and progress so if Tadic wants out then adieu and all the best. On a separate not I hope we keep hold of pierre as technically he looks the best at the club but needs time.

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01 Apr 2017 10:21:16
Tadic's complaints were was a little moan about not being given a full 90 and not feeling like he is being given a proper chance. He being squeezed into a system that doesn't really suit him IMO. he's still got more assists than anyone else at the club but he sets high standards of himself and is obviously just fustrated. To say he was carried by Pelle is complete nonsense. scored or assisted 11 of Serbias last 12 goals in qualifying so he's cleaEly got the talent. Boufal I won't say more and I hope I'm wrong but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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02 Apr 2017 09:16:46
Tadic is absolutely atrocious, doesn't work for the team, moans at other player when it's his own f*** up. Cannot wait to see the back of him.

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02 Apr 2017 23:19:03
Tadic is a whinging, lazy player who believes in his own hype.
Fall to the ground at every opportinity.
Boufal is an incredible footballer. His skill is breathtaking .
and he back tracks and tries.

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03 Apr 2017 16:15:27
You only need to check out boufal's best career goals to prove that he is one awesome footballer. I would rather be more concerned about forster rather than tadic and boufal.

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06 Apr 2017 22:29:25
Thought Tadic was man of the match against Palace plus his rant seems to have worked - he hasn't been subbed since.

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19 Mar 2017 16:49:46
How bad is Gabbi's injury?

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25 Mar 2017 11:22:30
Was told 2-3 weeks when he did it.

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16 Mar 2017 09:10:30
I don't know if they are just preparing just in case or if there is genuinely a chance of Bertrand going this summer, but I am told that Saints are very keen on Benfica's young left back Grimaldo. Celtic are also keen as a potential replacement if they lose Tierney.

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16 Mar 2017 11:45:17
I hope not Bertrand has been immense for us but I guess everyone has a price. Do you know how much longer he has on his contract?

{Ed001's Note - 4 years I think.}

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17 Mar 2017 20:46:47
England LB, two England under 21 LBs? What a weakness.

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19 Apr 2017 17:40:18
Going to say, I doubt we'd sign anyone if we did sell him. We'd surely promote McQueen or Target.

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12 Mar 2017 11:43:22
Eds, I'm reading that we're interested in Joe Hart as Everton are keen on Forster. Any truth in this?

Personally I'd be happy with it.

{Ed002's Note - I am aware of two goalkeepers that Everton has shown an interest in but neither are Fraser Forster. I am not aware of any interest in Joe Hart from Southampton but should the club lose FF elsewhere, then Joe Hart would be a very good option - but would he want to be playing in Europe or not? The same would likely be true for Torino who would like to sign him on a permanent basis.}

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12 Mar 2017 16:03:48
Surely Everton are more interested in Hart. he'd probably cost less than forster! I'm not even harts biggest fan, but forster this year has been very poor and I worry whether his injury has effected him long term.

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12 Mar 2017 16:43:36
Yeah Milky that's what i'd have thought. But there are a few other posters who think Forster is worth 6M - 7M!

Personally, I think they're both around the £15M mark. If given a choice between the two i'd have Hart.

The Europe question is the interesting one, but I get the feeling Hart would prefer to be in the EPL, but the Euro contenders all have a world class 'keeper.

I just saw 3 or 4 links to it so thought there may be something in it.

{Ed001's Note - if Forster is worth more than 50p then football is insane. Always been a dodgy keeper and always will be as his footwork is terrible.}

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12 Mar 2017 17:02:38
Interesting review there ed001.

{Ed001's Note - a long time ago now I was having a discussion with a coach at Newcastle about why English footie was struggling to bring through good youngsters. He was saying about the problem being that players were being picked on their physical attributes still and mentioned a couple of players then at Newcastle that were evidence of it. One was a certain Fraser Forster, who went out on loan to Celtic just after. Anyway he was telling me his footwork was appalling but he was projected to be huge, so he was picked as youngster, when there were better options.

I have been watching him ever since, and the coach was right, he is big and imposing but his footwork is hopeless. That means he struggles to command his box, as he can't come out for crosses very easily. He struggles to get across the goal to stop shots he should easily get to with his build. He doesn't set himself well, so even those shots he does get to become more difficult and so he can often put it back into the danger area, when he should have been able to catch or clear it properly.

Interestingly, when he went to Celtic on loan, he only ended up signing a permanent deal after they were turned down by a few other keepers that Neil Lennon wanted to sign. He was almost a last resort signing in the end.}

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12 Mar 2017 22:45:14
So his weakness is footwork, which I actually agree with btw, that makes him "worth 50p"? I would have though footwork was a particular easy part of the game to work on quite frankly. No?

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13 Mar 2017 15:11:46
seems eds001 is a talent scout and could be the answer to the black box if it goes wrong. The reality is there are 3-4 good keepers and the rest are much of a much. Take out Courtois/ Degea and Lloris and the rest are much the same bar Butland who it remains to see how he comes back.
If we have England's 2nd choice keeper and the ex England goalie coach and we can't improve footwork its pretty sad.
as the film said opinions are like aholes and everyone has one and thinks there's don't stink. clearly saints think there is improvement to come he is certainly better than Steklenberg.

{Ed001's Note - you really are proving yourself right about people being a-holes with your comments. Why could you not disagree without being a complete tit about it? By the way, I have had numerous opportunities to work in scouting set ups in the Prem over the years, which I have chosen to reject. It is clear you have no idea what the black box actually is or what it involves, but it does involve extensive use of scouts to check out players.}

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14 Mar 2017 00:09:25
In all fairness ed001, I think saying a keeper is "worth 50p" and "hopeless and always will be" is being far more of a tit than the last fellas comment. You can't needlessly tear into a southampton player and expect a southampton fan not to defend him.

{Ed001's Note - you think that was me being a tit or just exaggerating slightly to make a point? Needlessly? I pointed out what was wrong with him, nothing 'needless' about pointing out a player's deficiencies on a football forum or are you unsure of the point of a football forum? Some of you need to grow up and try a bit of objectivity in your lives. You don't have to defend a knob who gets paid huge sums of money but fails to work on his game to improve it. Why would you even want to defend someone who is stealing your, because it is you who pay his wages either directly or indirectly, money like that?}

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14 Mar 2017 08:49:08
I think we are all aware the black box is a set up rather than a set too box I to was exaggerating similar to your 50p comment and clearly hit a nerve. The difference is fans always want there players to do there best and are reluctant to skate them. Clearly you are not a saints fan and feel the stick is the best method. Thanks for your insight and wisdom I have made several comments over the past couple of years about his weaknesses and he has hidden behind the defence. Unfortunately the board and coaches have heeded these so we are where we are.

{Ed001's Note - hit a nerve? No, if you had annoyed me it would have just been deleted. I certainly wouldn't have bothered to reply. I feel the stick is the right method because I have spent years watching these lazy mollycoddled tools coasting through life barely trying because they have so many fans telling them how wonderful they are, so they never feel they have to improve. They have everything handed to them on a plate and then everyone sits there wondering how come players like Kante, who had nothing but setbacks and constantly told he was not good enough become the best in their position. You don't improve by being told you are great and everything is wonderful. If a player gives 100% in training and on the pitch, then I will back them, no matter who they play for, as that is all you can ask of anyone. If they don't, then they deserve criticism.

Your academy is one of the best because it doesn't mollycoddle players to the extent that most do. Youngsters are expected to work their backsides off to stay in it. A friend of mine bombed out, his choice, because he couldn't handle it, and it was the right choice, because he is a knob who just wants to get wasted and do the bare minimum. Far too many players are just getting away with it and getting fans worshipping them on social media, Mamadou Sakho comes to mind, says the right things on social media so gets fan backing when they should be asking why the club was so desperate to get him out!

They have an opportunity to do something 99.999% of the population can only dream of and then they act like they are entitled to do what they want. Then you look at triathletes etc earning a pittance compared to them and yet dedicating themselves to their chosen discipline. If players were half as professional, the sport of football would be so much better, they would get less injuries and they would be at a much higher level.}

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14 Mar 2017 10:06:11
Many thanks for your insight and opinions eds however my only point would be if the academy is that tough I struggle to believe they would stop that as soon as they make the first team. Forster came out and said he wanted to push on for England no1 this year he is probably not in the top 3 when all fit now. Hart/ butland/ heaton. If we have englands ex goalie coach and this is the case one or both should clearly go. Harry lewis has potential but they sacrificed him in the arsenal game.

{Ed001's Note - Forster came through the Newcastle academy, where it is easy, which is why it has produced a string of duds who have not made anything like the impact their ability should have done. Most of them spend half their careers injured through drinking related issues as the culture is like the 80s football one of getting hammered every chance they get.

If Forster had come through at Saints, I would expect him to have a totally different attitude. A lot does come down to needing to be pushed even when they breakthrough though. Bale, for instance, was forced to push himself as he struggled at Spurs. While Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have coasted through their careers at Arsenal and never made improvement over the player they were when they left Southampton.

Personally I think both coach and player are at fault in this instance. Forster lacks the drive and inclination to improve and the coach is failing to inspire him to do so. But then, how do you motivate a player with no competition and huge sums of money in the bank each week? What exactly can you do to make him work harder in training?}

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14 Mar 2017 12:53:01
More fans have recently been voicing their concerns recently regarding his form though? At least, that's what I've seen. Surely he knows that supporters are starting to be more vocal, plus the addition of a fifth I repeat FIFTH goalkeeper should kick him up his backside a bit more?
Puel should have the guts to drop him and give Mouez or even young Harry Lewis a chance. Players need to know that they need to work hard to get a chance to play. Although seeing that they still get paid even though they aren't currently in the frame, it would be hard to motivate them I guess.

{Ed001's Note - it would be nice to see a return to the kind of thinking George Graham used with regards to player contracts. Their salary was not very good but the win bonuses were huge.}

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15 Mar 2017 11:20:48
Did they get it in plain brown envelopes?

{Ed001's Note - some of it....}

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