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08 Mar 2019 17:27:39
Eds any info on clubs interested in boyata of Celtic? . he's out of contract, not sure how much football he's played this year though. how do you rate him? .
Thanks eds.


{Ed002's Note - I understand Leicester has asked a third party to enquire.}

1.) 09 Mar 2019 09:34:11
Thanks ed. They also have benkovic on loan there don't they?

{Ed002's Note - Right.}



27 Jan 2019 12:46:12
Any truth in tavernier rumours ed? And thoughts on his ability. I admit I know nothing about him.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know but there was interest from Brighton and I think he signed a new deal.}

1.) 27 Jan 2019 16:57:32
Apparently we'll be going back to Brum with an improved bud for Che Evans and if Tavernier is available for around £8m may be worth a look. Club Captain at Rangers, Gerrard is a fan. He's a good attacking full back so his fitness levels are good. He scores and gets assists too, albeit at a Championship-esque level. Not sure about it though. He's 27 so doesn't seem in the right frame of our current policy. Also, he's Captain there and he'd have to fight to get in the team here. Not saying he can't do it but.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 17:00:36
Sorry - Che Adams. No idea why I had the surname Evans in my head. Long day.

3.) 27 Jan 2019 18:14:48
Doesnt feel like the kind of singing I’d be expecting us to make - also being on decent form for a top three Scottish club doesn’t say much for starting in the PL. A no for me, especially for that much.

4.) 28 Jan 2019 09:24:18
Che Adams would be a great signing - He's been in great form for Brum for the past few seasons and would be the type of player i'd like to see us 'pluck' from the Championship - He has a bright future! Hearing that some of the so called larger teams are also looking at hi, so get him infront of Dave to convince him that we should be his destination of choice ;-)

5.) 28 Jan 2019 12:57:15
Got a friend who’s a Birmingham fan and has said he’d be gutted if we took him, especially for the approximate £8m fee. Similar career path to Redmond before we got him, albeit without any PL experience, but hopefully he could become a quality addition. #trustinralph.



11 Jan 2019 18:00:17
Evening ed. We know of the players that RH is looking to move on. do you know of any genuine interest in hoedt, forster and/ or Cedric? . surely there's a club daft enough to sign them! Haha.

Also to any of the other posters or eds how is brutal getting on and is likely to be integrated next season or shifted?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest in the players and there is an added issue with Forster where some clubs are not keen to work with his representation.}

1.) 12 Jan 2019 09:02:56
Cheers. Unsurprisingly really. Also meant *boufal! Not brutal 🙄.

2.) 14 Jan 2019 10:44:36
Forster off to leeds.



03 Oct 2018 20:55:14
Eds any insight into what is going on at our club? Positives (If any) and negatives. Your opinion would be appreciated too. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - It was never going to be anything but a tough season. Awful as it sounds, staying up will be a win-win situation for the club. I have not spoken to anyone for a while but it strikes me there seems to be a lack of a sustainable plan right now.}



13 Jul 2018 14:30:34
Some impressive signings so far. let's hope we can get rid of some of the dead wood and that we still have on our books (boufal anyone? )

Looks like we will miss out on shaquiri as he's going to Liverpool (strange signing for them)

I still think we need some real creativity (No.10 or tricky right winger) and a proper striker.

Ed have you any new info on these positions other than what you've already posted? Also is there any update on Marlon Santos? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Nothing new.}

1.) 13 Jul 2018 15:50:09
No worries. Cheers.

2.) 13 Jul 2018 15:57:43
Liverpool probably only trying to buy him because they don't want us to get him.

3.) 13 Jul 2018 16:16:53
Very impressive so far have to say! But we'd still need another CB (Santos? ), a proven striker (Ings? ) and a creative no 10). If we could fill those, it has to be the best transfer window ever!

And still need to sell/ loan out Boufal, Forster, at least one CB (Yoshida/ Stephens? ) and one striker (Long? )

4.) 13 Jul 2018 17:39:12
@teejaysaint they're just cutting out the middleman.

5.) 13 Jul 2018 18:15:56
@ SaintySaintSaint He'll only be warming their bench if he goes there anyway.

6.) 14 Jul 2018 10:17:53
Jarkko, don't really get the logic of us signing another CB only to then loan out Stephens or Yosh?

Agree we still need someone who can unlock a defence, either as a 10 or a winger.

7.) 14 Jul 2018 19:09:49
Look at Ed002's message from 4th July. He clearly said that 2 CBs are on the radar. And to me thats! ogical. We used to have strong stopper pair, Fonte/ Alderweireld then Fonte/ VVD. We didn't replace Fonte or VVD until Vestergaard signed. To me, Hoedt is at the moment far away from PL standard as is Bednarek and Stephens. Yoshida decent backup, but not a regular starter. So, I pretty much share the opinion that two strong CBs this summer is needed. Then we need to offload some CB quantity.




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13 Mar 2019 16:30:31
Southgate slipping in to the ways of previous management and sticking to his "big names" that have done noth8ng all season, instead of picking those on merit and in form. how on earth has trippier got in ahead of wan-bissaka I don't know. Unbelievable that. loftus-cheek has looked promising for England. but he's barely played for Chelsea this season through either injury or just not being selected. And Ross Barkley is pretty much the same. Hardly set the world alight. And then jwp, BANG in form, 5 goals in 8. nothing.
Eds do you have an opinion on this?


1.) 13 Mar 2019 17:51:30
JWP should've been called up. However, 3 weeks in our camp will be much better for him then 2 weeks with Southgate and will prevent any injuries.

2.) 14 Mar 2019 23:42:27
I feel sorry for JWP as he should have been called up but I agree with saintjay . 3 weeks training with the rest of the squad with RH getting them all both physically and mentally fit for the last few weeks of the season will be better for Southampton FC and us as fans. Hopefully 3 wins and 2 draws from our last 8 games.



17 Feb 2019 22:27:11
I heard Charlie Austin had a fondness for getting boozy and probably not looking after himself physically enough. I also remember reading about Jack wilshere and his lifestyle of drinking, smoking etc. They obviously suffer with injuries and I remember in my younger days drinking a lot and suffering with a lot of injuries. Since I cut down on boozing those injuries are less common but have effected my body and quality as a player.

ANYWAY, my question is, what other players in the prem have questionable lifestyle, drinking, smoking (drugs? ) And are they risking or ruining their careers?




31 Jan 2019 12:04:54
Hassenhuttl has said our business is not done yet and they are looking at options. This probably means one of maehle or the Norwegian lad with the morrocan name (I'm not spelling it lol) and probably che Adams which would allow Austin to leave if someone bids for him.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 14:57:14
I know we’re normally quiet about all transfers let alone deadline day deals but I would have expected something by mid afternoon, even murmurings of a player at the training ground or something of the like. Can’t see anything happening at this point but I’m not overly concerned by relegation at this point either way.



19 Jan 2019 17:25:25
"We've wasted all our money on crap like Redmond. Jwp isn't good enough. We should spend more money. All the other teams are outstanding us. We're going to be relegated"

Amazing what a PROPER manager can do with GOOD players. Amazing what PROMISING players can do with PROPER coaching. If we can keep Ralph for a whole season (hopefully longer) then I think some of the players in the squad will progress so well. Hojbjerg, Redmond, jwp, bednarek, valery, targett etc could become VERY good players in the head future.

Up the saints.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 17:38:23
I was thinking today how Redmond has changed since Ralph has taken over. I even recalled how Puel said how good he could be. Now he will never be like Henry, but he is taking to this formation and system really well. JWP has surprised me over the last couple of weeks too. More energy and getting in the shots too. Other standouts were Stevens and Bednarek. Surely pants again at the end but feeling confident for season end.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 17:40:24
A great result, the way we are playing on the front foot, putting other teams under pressure, hitting the woodwork and deserving the victory, a bit of luck with the Digne own goal but caused by the pressure he was under. We look like a team transformed!
RH should have his contract extended now, talent like his will already be on bigger clubs radar. It looks like 2 of the relegation places may be decided with Huddersfield and Fulham now we just need to keep playing in the same way steadily moving up the table. I am really impressed how many of the players are beginning to fulfill their potential so 2019 is looking a lot brighter. coyr.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 23:50:40
Liverpool fan in peace.
Really like your new Manager. Best you've had for a long time.
Good luck for rest of the season.

4.) 20 Jan 2019 09:01:14
Appreciate the post Liver_La definitely our best since Keoman.
Hands off tho if you guys sack Klopp lol.



27 Aug 2018 11:00:16
I don't like to criticise players too much. I think our younger players (targett, jwp etc) will come good, but will they get their chance with us?
However, despite being a huge fan of Cedric when he first joined, I think he is continually letting us down defensively and it's time to shift him on. Let's start giving Harry reed a go. I'd really like to see him given a chance in the league cup.
Poor dive from hojbjerg but he's a player that clearly cares and wants to win.
I think we did some good business in the summer. But I don't know know if the players we've actually bought are solving our problems. we've signed players that we seem unable to incorporate in to the side. Hughes doesn't even know what formation to play, let alone his best 11. I still think we are VERY weak defensively and we still lack a focal point/ target man in attack. Gallagher MIGHT be able to play that role. But it's a lot to ask of him and we don't know if he's cut out to do it at this level, or if he'll even be given the chance to do so. Hoedt looks very very poor. Stephens isn't good enough for this standard. Yoshida will try and has heart and a bit of pace to cover vestergaard, but he always has a costly mistake in him. I think Bertrand needs to go next to vestergaard with Matty targett at left back.





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09 Mar 2019 09:34:11
Thanks ed. They also have benkovic on loan there don't they?


{Ed002's Note - Right.}



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01 Mar 2019 20:48:15
*money quoted.




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01 Mar 2019 20:48:04
I don't know if mitrovic would suit our style or not but I do like him. I'm not bothered about sessegnon, think he would still cost mental money. Seri hasn't really done a lot and still cost 25 million so I would pass on him. I think they look worse than average and overpaid on players, some of which we were in for but made the right decision not to get involved with for the moment quoted.




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01 Mar 2019 17:12:06
Cheers ED.
Ggsy they're definitely going down, so maybe he'd be available at a decent price. Would add creativity in the middle/ number 10. I'd take him, 2 new cbs a striker and a pacy left footed winger.


{Ed001's Note - very welcome MS.}



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01 Mar 2019 08:02:00
To anyone at the game, And also the eds, what is your opinion of cairney? He seemed to be one of there best players last season in getting promoted but hasn't done a lot this season. has he been misused or is he just not up to premier league standard? I always thought he was the type of creative midfielder that we lacked, having seen a lot of championship highlights of Fulham last year. any info would be great.


{Ed001's Note - he missed a chunk with injury mate. He is only just getting going but has been one of their better players.}




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17 Mar 2019 22:48:35
Austin will go but I reckon Ralph will keep long and just let him go on a free the following year. That's what I think we should do anyway.
I think sims is. gping to have to really earn a contract. I'd happily offer yoshida a 12 month extension. anymore than that I'm not So sure. I think Stephens has to go this summer. He's not cut out for this league. Bednarek, vestergaard, yoshida and a top class new cb.




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11 Feb 2019 16:20:07
No worries. The rest of your insights, info and articles more than makes up for it. It is Monday so I'm sure you're allowed one minor slip.


{Ed001's Note - I should have checked, I normally do. Thanks for pointing it out though. Glad to see people actually read them!}



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11 Feb 2019 14:09:15
Funny. but not accurate. the United kit swap incident was when we beat them 3-1 the previous season. We smashed them 6-3 the following and they had no excuse, other than roy Keane being sent off.




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10 Feb 2019 08:30:43
Good review rich. I guess that's the thing now with playing at home, especially against teams like Cardiff and palace. They know we play decent football but lack a bit of the killer instinct to unlock and break them down. So they defend deep, compact and probably know they will get a chance against our defence late on or from set pieces.
Agreed that Fulham is now must must must win. Their defence is worse than ours so no excuses. Maybe go to 4-2-2-2 and really take the game to them?




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09 Feb 2019 20:58:18
I think the comments about unbelievable stupidity are totally fair and probably needed. After Burnley and now Cardiff they are needed, the team, the defence, need a MAJOR kick up the arse. Teams who concede as many late goals as we concede get relegated.

The comments about "not wanting to play my team, we're on fire" those are the stupid comments that shouldn't be made. All Warnock had to do in his team talk was show his players that, and tell them to do it for sala. Job done.

Maybe, we can take some points off of teams that we're not expected to beat. can we go to arsenal and get something,? . the problem is we really needed to be taking points off of those around us. Palace was ok, Burnley disappointing, but today is straight up worrying. Conceding two weeks running in the last minute against teams we needed to beat.

There's no point in moaning about us not spending. Who was available that would have improved us? Clubs didn't want to sell. Nothing you can do. All we can do now is pull the finger out, not make the same mistakes again, the crowd has to step up too. The stadium did against arsenal and were probably a big part of us getting the win. Against palace atmosphere was crap. I don't know what it was like today I wasn't there. But was it bouncing? I doubt it.

We are in a massive battle, and an uphill struggle from now on, when we should have had a 4 or 5 point cushion and some breathing space.