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01 Sep 2017 17:25:22
Great to have kept hold of Virgil Van Dijk. That really is a coup. Yes, "£70m" would have been nice in the bank account, but the player is top quality and, with five years contract still to run, the high transfer fee will still come if/ when Saints sell him. Inflated market though, might be frustrating when the prices come back down. Never mind, I'm very happy to have Van Dijk at the club and hope he plays and plays brilliantly. It's like a new signing! Maybe he transfers next window or the summer, but still.

Shame we didn't grab anyone in as a late signing, it looks obvious we need a forward of sorts. Still, optimistic

Jordy Clasie's loan move to Club Brugge is a bit of a thinker though. Do we gain from it? Does JC gain from it? Do Brugge gain from it? Would have made more sense to send him to a British club. I think this about many a loan deal. Isn't a better way to loan out a player for the player become better in the league his parent club are in, surely? Modern day football decisions baffle me.

Also, good luck to Jay Rod at WBA, hope it works out great, you score loads of goals, stay clear of injuries and you can get back into the England set up.

Saint Etienne

1.) 02 Sep 2017 03:01:45
With regards to clause, I think maybe long term they want to keep him as a replacement for Davis as he gets older/ retired. But he's low down on the list at the moment so best to loan him out, get the game time. then we can either keep him or sell him at a later date. I think, as with a few of our players, if he was given a solid run of games and starts he'd excel like yoshida has done. but he struggles to just come in and hit the ground running.


2.) 02 Sep 2017 09:36:40
Hi Folks

First of all this is just my opinion, as I have no idea what the sky tv money is now or what monies the club get for there finishing position in the premier league. I have been a season ticket holder for many seasons. I don't understand what this board is trying to achieve as it is obvious to me and probably many saints supporters that this club are in desperate need of a schemer/ goal scorer, yes we have Boufal who needs to beat his opponent 2/ 3 times before he actually lays the ball off or is dispossesed, Redmond who works hard but with usually no end result.
Then there is Tadic who for reasons beyond me the loyal rauncus crowd behind the goal sing his name every time he touches the ball When are the board going to buy someone who actually produces an end result, why keep buying defensive midfielders or work horses. Anyway i'm glad they didn't let the scoucers get VVD.


3.) 02 Sep 2017 10:18:12
Go on. get Lambert. He can still be signed as a free agent. Motivational, great in the dressing room and could still do a job even if its very much part time. Even if its just to train the rest of the guys how to take a penalty!


4.) 02 Sep 2017 11:33:09
I came here this morning having just read on sky sports app their "Free Transfer XI", a group of decent/ above average and even in some cases greatest of all time (arise Sir Richard Lambert formerly of the beetroot factory) and anyway, back to my point, Rickie Lambert was on their list and of course this means we could sign him (or any club could sign any of these free players, of course) at any time. We have three "proper" first team forwards (by "proper" I mean strikers not attacking midfielders such as Redmond, Tadic, Boufal etc) in Gabbiadini, Chaustin and Long, a fourth, even just for a year, would go down very nicely thank you very much yes please, etc

So, we have a situation:
A) sign Lambert on what would be a good deal for all concerned, his wages would be lower than most and he's a safe pair of boots (quote me on that! ) and a club legend. Need I say more, number 9 shirt needs a name on it.
B) we stick with what we got, and do what Manchester United did a little while back by throwing a kid off the radar into the team (ladies and gentleman, here's England hot shot Marcus Rashford) when we're short of strikers for a game or two
C) wait until January and buy a new striker then, or get a disgruntled top six striker on loan.
D) wait until next season, make do with what we've got, get a good top 10 finish this season and give Sam Gallagher the number 9 shirt and watch us fly up the table with him scoring 30 goals like Harry Kane did for Tottenham!


I'd go with this: sign Rickie Lambert today. Right now, get him signed. He can be our back-up striker, wear the number 9 shirt, play for a season, then next season perhaps retire from playing and take up a coaching role at the club, where he can mentor the future star Sam Gallagher to fulfil his every potential

So, in a line; I hope we're getting Rickie Lambert on a free transfer!


5.) 02 Sep 2017 17:38:26
I agree with a lot you have said but not quite sure on what basis you reckon Sam Gallagher is a star of the future. He has been loaned out to poor clubs in a lower division and not exactly set the world alight . He is not a youngster any more as in nearly 22 and if we thought he was that good why when we are crying out for a goal scorer did we lend him out to scumbag Redknapp? I did think it was for more experience and that a striker was coming in before the window closed but that did not happen. Just maybe the club don't rate him as highly as a lot of posters on here.


6.) 03 Sep 2017 08:18:05
I've said it for a year now olufelo on loan at yeah ok is the future movement pace strength hits the target think we should of given him time from the bench this year. Wouldn't mind ings as a back up if he is now surplus at Liverpool or Sturbridge at the right price. We go on about the kids but it seems to Of stalled with them all going on loan instead of playing 22 plus you should be in the team not out in loan.


7.) 03 Sep 2017 23:49:11
Not if you're not good enough to be in the team you shouldn't. The ones that are get a shot, as we have shown over the last 5 years. Otherwise, why not go on loan and get some experience.


8.) 07 Sep 2017 07:40:55
We have strikers, what we need is a creative playmaker that can be an assist king, like another post said Bouffal, Tadic and Redmond have lots of huff and puff but then it fizzles out - I'd sell all three for a decent PM that can get forward and feed the strikers - we all know that Gabbs and Austin can score but they don't want to have to run from their own box to do it.


9.) 07 Sep 2017 09:25:09
I think selling all 3 is a bit drastic. and you need more than one player for each position anyway. tadic boufal and redmond are our most attacking players bar the strikers! Lol
Personally, I would have looked to sell tadic for a profit and get a creative CAM in.


10.) 07 Sep 2017 11:54:54
Fair point Milky, got a bit carried away and saw pound signs! Bouffal needs a proper run out (especially seeing how much we paid for him) and I agree that Tadic would be the best to sell on.


11.) 08 Sep 2017 22:27:18
We paid a lot for Gaston Ramirez and I see similarities to Boufal, loads and loads of skill but just not sure the PL is their kind of football. They need time on he ball but you don't get that here. They struggle with the the pace of the game in this country.


12.) 09 Sep 2017 22:44:20
Jules t maybe you were right after all. 3 of our front 4 look pony and gabbiadini is getting nothing, which means it won't be long before he offers nothing.

I'm not a fan of 442 as a formation, but we need to start working defenders and I think having a partnership up top is the way to do it. Despite trying to be positive early on about our attacking options, we look dire and have done for some time.


 

 

07 Jan 2014 13:02:56
Wilfried Zaha coming to Saints on loan?

Saint Etienne

1.) Presuming the question mark means you're asking rather than telling!


2.) Too greedy, doesn't work hard enough, wouldn't fit us


3.) We don't loan players. Certainly not to help develop them for our rivals


4.) I was asking for opinions about Wilf Zaha, yeah.

Just heard from a colleague, West Ham have decided to opt out of going for Lambert. As Saints wanted £6m in cash upfront and another £2m as add-ons.

They'll have to call Geoff Hurst out of retirement instead at this rate!


5.) I know that we have a reputation for not taking on loan players but there are rumblings that this stance is about to change.


6.) Really doubt that Southampton entered negotiations for Lambert. Selling a fan favourite is the last thing they need to do, especially when he is still vital to the team


7.) Don't understand why we don't take players on loan. It certainly hasn't done Everton any harm this season.


8.) Why would we build up someone else's talent when we could be building our own? What will Everton do if they make Champions League football and can't get a good replacement for Lukaku and Barry et al? Loaning players isn't for us, unless we have a option to buy them at the end of the loan


9.) Prefer Salah of FC Basel.


10.) Yeh because everton will be on a right downer if they make it into the champions league because there have silly £££s but there have to replace lukaku and barry, come on lad use your head they won't be bothered if they make champions league there be minted. Loaning players is good if the players are good. Especially if there so good they get you into the champions league.


11.) Where does this misconception about saints not doing loans come from? it's been doing the rounds for years but it's completely wrong. We have and will do loans with to buy clauses when they are appropriate. Hoovield was a loan for example.


12.) If Everton make the Champions League they ill buy Barry and a striker of same quality as lukaku will go to them ins not ocket sciene


 

 

07 Jan 2014 12:25:50
Are Southampton one of the clubs in line for talks with Ravel Morrison?

The rumour mill is buzzing with his name at the moment, and there's supposed to be a "pretty cheap" contract release clause / transfer price clause in his West Ham contract.

He's young, he's English, he's already got Premier League experience, he's come through the Manchester United academy, he's got awesome skills, but more baggage than Heathrow.

Saint Etienne

1.) Swap deal plus £5 million for Lambert


2.) Get them throw in Carroll, Joe Cole, Collison, Noble, a "buy Lambert back for a pound when West Ham are relegated" clause, an extra £20m and also that laptop Big Sam famously uses, and we'll have a deal! ;)


3.) You do know Big Sam is just watching Glee on that laptop. Maybe he should watch when Saturday comes and then sign up Sean Bean to save them from relegation!


4.) Yeah, buying Dyer with a broken leg would really make sense


5.) Nice "When Saturday Comes" reference there. Sean Bean's 8th best film role.

I have a feeling Moyes will try to re-sign him for Man United though, but pay £10m more than his release clause.

Wouldn't mind Nathan Dyer back either, was a good player in his Saints days, but is too important to Laudrup's Swansea plans, surely. Love what Laudrup's done/doing there.

Would any of you pick Ravel Morrison for the England World Cup squad? He's one of 3 or 4 who I'd consider, but haven't quite decided on, myself. He didn't impress me much in their Forest drubbing. Awesome talent though, and in many ways reminds us of Gascoigne.


6.) Dyer has ligament damage not a broken leg. but yes he is injured for the foreseeable future


 

 

01 Jan 2014 21:38:45
3-0 drubbing today. Well, apart from the 45 minutes (in total) when we were by far the better side.

Someone mentioned (not on here) how Adkins lost his job after "only" drawing with Chelsea around the same time last year. Taxi for Pochettino?

I heard the same lad (I assume he was a Chelsea fan, as he was wearing lots of bling and a blue hat. ) then say "I'm sure I've just seen AVB wandering around outside! He's getting that Pochettino's job in the morning!"

I turned my head in, and said "Sorry to talk out of turn, love, but I'm sure Schteve McClaren's over there holding an umbrella. Doesn't mean he's trying to sign Torres, Mata, Hazard, Lampard, Cole, and JT on loan for Derby. "

True tale aside, I think Pochettino is safe, as he's done wonders (continuing from where Adkins and Pardew both took us) and is seen as the long-term project etc.
But, still, we all know how harsh and ambitious Cortese is, is there any chance he'll slam the panic button and fire Pochettino (having only picked up one win in nine games) and if so 1) who would he appoint as successor 2) who would you want as the next Saints boss?

Luckily the teams around us didn't gain any ground. We can still battle the Magpies for the top 8.

Lambert to West Ham for £9m? That is big money considering. But NOOOOOO! We need Rickie, he is a top, top striker.

Finally, I thought Ramirez (Gaston Ramirez, rather than Chelsea's Ramires) played VERY well today, especially in the first half. I may have to put that lift to the airport on hold afterall. But I'd have subbed him for Lambert, and kept Cork on the field.
Best players (Saints) today: Chambers, Ramirez, Schneiderlin and of course the ever splendid Adam Lallana (For England!)

All the best.

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Saint Etienne

1.) I think everyone should stop worrying when Southampton lose to Chelsea or Arsenal or any other mega wealthy club. Pochettino won't lose his job and everyone in the team is making progress!

Please stay cheery Saints' fans :)


2.) I thought Ramirez played well but he was still a clear weak link in the side. He kept losing possession and looked very greedy. Still an improvement in his play though he lacked effort. He was no-where near as good as Adam was today


3.) The only reason we are worried is because we deserved at least a draw. It's frustrating how we can't score from dominating possession and creating lots of chances


4.) We have had some tough fixtures to be fair to Poch, though I do question his team selection on occasion like when he picks Hoiveld or fox, I can understand the persistence with Ramirez and Osvaldo because there apparently quality players though I've never seen it but fox and Hoiveld need to be released asap. fox and jos aside we look to be on track for finishing where we should which is just inside the top half so this nonsense about sackings is pretty ridiculous. 8th is best we can hope for and any higher is just a dream. lb cover and a top CB is what's need in jan but tbh the aquisition of the two positions probably won't improve our league position that much maybe a place or two max. oxlade on loan is a good shout aswell but dunno if wenger would allow it incase he settled in too well and dint wanna go back.


5.) It's crazy to think Poch could be under pressure. But football us crazy. One of the posts below states that Schniederlin was one if our best players v Chelsea! When I ask Morgan lovers why they think he's so good, they struggle to answer! Cork does more in half a match than Morgan does in half a season. Crazy to take Cork off yet again yesterday.


6.) Ramirez was an improvement, but still no where near good enough, I also thought Morgan had a disappointing game, as did Jay Rod.


7.) With reference to Adkins loosing his job, I have a reasonable theory, which has nothing to do with the Chelsea result.

At the end of the Championship season, according to a couple of the stewards, Saints had an experienced keeper that had agreed to join Saints. Indeed, he was training with Saints for a few weeks, and the deal was lined up to go through, but it didn't happen. Following on from that, we finally brought in Boruc.

So why did he loose his job? Well, what I have heard was that Adkins didn't want Boruc. He felt that we would be fine with Davis and Gazza in goal. Apparently Boruc was brought in under the insistence of Cortese.

Bearing in mind the early performances of Davis and Gazza, it was clear we needed someone.

This lead Cortese to question Adkins judgement, and from there further strange decisions such as substitutions too late to influence the game flamed Cortese's questioning of Adkins judgement.

Who knows if this is true, but it's the best explanation that I've heard, based on information I've received from multiple sources.


8.) To the poster above, really? Morgan is a fantastic player, his work rate is above anyone else's, the passes he picks out are phenomenal, he does more for the team than Cork does, yes, Cork is a fantastic player, but it's absurd to suggest he's better than Morgan or Wanyama


9.) I prefer cork to wanyama. Contributes a lot more to our game. Him and Morgan together are an amazing pair


10.) Cork and Morgan got ripped to pieces by West Brom last year.

This year we beat them in their own back yard.

Yes Cork must be better than Wanyama.

Sheesh, there is no helping some people.


11.) I actually agree Wanyama is definitely an important piece of the Saints jigsaw but in regard to the Baggies 0-3 game it was mainly Belgium's own Romelu Lukaku who ripped us a new one. Without him they are a shadow of last season's side.

With regard to transfers it's only been two days and I am already confused beyond belief, some sources say we are not getting any new players in and others say we are scouting for as many as four top class players. I think somewhere between to the two stools would be fine - after all any side can do with improving if it is possible and I think Saints have proved beyond doubt in the last ten games we could do with some 'improvement'.

Also in the local Reading press Billy Sharp is saying he would like the chance to see if he can get in the squad or leave as he is now back from Reading. I think that Saints should now ship him out or say, 'this is what you have to do to get into our first 17 give it a go!'

Every one of this poxy transfer windows gives me a headache. I hate them!


12.) It's not only down to Lukaku, our midfield were overrun by them last year, Wanyama bossed it this year which allowed Morgan the space he needed


13.) With regards to the email concerning the future of MP I have to say make better use of your time.

Finishing in the top ten will be an fantastic achievement for saints this season given that half our first team were playing in div 1 or the championship in the last three year

We play using 3 or four academy teenagers, have had our style of play praised in the media and by big team managers. Please support what is going with on with us and serious comment about our position in the big league.


14.) Morgan is a fantastic player? As I have said before, fantastic players dominate football matches. Name me a match Morgan has dominated this or last season! If passing a ball sideways and commiting silly fouls makes a player fantastic, I must have been world class!

A lot of football fans in this country are a lot like the F. A. Clueless


15.) Just remembered the words of football genius Tony Pulis a few months ago. He rates Morgan as the best all round midfielder in the prem league! Apparently he was heard saying off the record that if he could ping a throw-in from the halfway line into the penalty area, he would be almost as good as Rory Delap!


16.) I don't think anyone said he 'should' lose his job I think the speculation was would he. Everything stated above is perfectly true and reasonable but perhaps [and it's only perhaps] if Saints mention to lose a couple of games to these sides that the majority seem to think we'll beat with ease, Cortese may look at this as a step in the wrong direction and look to upgrade the coaching and management. By his own ambition he is 'driven' and 'ultra ambitious' he has no sentiment, if he feels Saints are progressing watch out.

I don't think he will and I think for the time being Mauricio is a very good fit for Saints but if you can tell me what Cortese is thinking you're a better man than me.

Our January transfer window activity might be an indicator to what is being thought by the manager and chairman - if they buy they are not happy, if nothing happens they feel the squad is good enough and strong enough.

My own opinion is the first 13 or so are great and a match for most teams but after that the dip in quality is too significant to give us any chance of seriously competing.


17.) Regarding Cortese and his past with reference to replacing managers, it would be next to impossible to guess what he's thinking, because we don't have the facts that he does.

Nicola keeps a very close eye on the performance of the club, as well as talking individually with the first team players.

Cortese stated that there were several signs that Adkins wasn't the man to take Saints to the next level. Basically, Cortese had started to question Adkins judgement. With regards to Pardew, he asked for additional funds and guaranteed a playoff place.

I posted a theory put together from various sources recently, regarding Adkins, and if true I can see why Cortese acted.


18.) Last year at home Cork went off at half time v West Brom at 1-0. West Brom by passed midfield and went long into the channels apart from that excellent incisive posts.


 

 

20 Dec 2013 21:14:46
Slightly off topic (as it's not about transfer gossip) but does anyone have any inside info, rumours or just even views on what the Southampton kit will be like for next season?

I'm hoping we can see the badge in the next one. Not a fan of this season's home kit so much, although with time it is "growing on me", as they say. Still find our away (the black shirt version) vulgar. That colour is yuck. Adidas seem to have had a bad designer lately!

Back to the stripes? or staying the reds?

Saint Etienne.

Saint Etienne

1.) The away kit is lovely! the home kit would be one of the nicest around if the gold on the front was white

check out Argentina's WC kit on FSC, hopefully our home will be that template next season! although it'll probably end up being the Spain/Denmark/Russia/Scotland/Wales/NI template (White front&back w/red sleeves)


2.) Cheers for replying. Kinda agree about to gold colour looking better if white - It would become a much nicer looking kit then.

Saw this new Argentina kit (FootballShirtCulture i'm hoping was what FSC means?) and there's a pic of Messi and whichever bearded team-mate wearing it. Looks quite attractive, with the fading colours on the stripes (fades as it gets lower down, like Barcelona's previous did) - if Saints had this version kit (obviously swap the Argentine blue for our red) then I'd be a happy supporter WEARING it. Still refusing to pay good money for this yucky thing we wear this season!

I love it when the new kits come out each summer. In the meanwhile I like to google the "fake" (rumour) kits. Some are hilarious, some look pretty realistic/genuine.

Looking forward to the game tomorrow. My money's on it being a wash out. And I expect Spurs to offer Pochettino their manager job at half time. He will tell his translator to say "No, thank you. In 20 years, maybe. Thank you" ;)

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3.) My fave Saints kits in recent times have been:

The promotion to the Prem season kit. Lovely stripes, and an Umbro design which looks lovely on the eye and feels nice to wear.

The Pony kit from the mid-90's, with the tick design. I know it often appears in "worst kit" debates, but I really, really love it. The shorts complement it so well.

Last season's red with pin-stripes. Looks so delicious and puts a big smile on face from the link to it being our return to the big league kit. Lovely. Even if it was a "heads gone" moment with the traditional stripes almost disappearing. I think we got away with it, the stripes are still there, subtly.

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Disliked kits from recent times:
The white polo shirt with red slash - I don't like polo shirts, it looks too muchlike that horrible kit England had in their embarrassing disaster that was World Cup 2010, so is a down point. Probably would have been a really lovely shirt had it been made of different/traditional fabric and had a better collar. The retro kit Crystal Palace had as their away in the same season, would have been perfect version of this style.

This season's away kit vulgarity!

Although (time to insert a touch of cliche pre-match banter for tomorrow) all of these are better than the current Spurs kit. eeeew yuck. I like Spurs, but their kit is ugly. Looks like the kinda thing cyclists wear.

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4.) One of my fav's was the 09/10 (i think) away top, if only for the design around the badge

i like the colour of spurs' away kit, but it shouldn't be a main colour of a kit, the design on it makes it look even worse too


5.) I think the main problem with the home kit is giving it lots of gold before we've won a major trophy. Gold is meant to be a celebration colour after a cup or league success.


 

 

 

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02 Oct 2017 19:17:51
From the Beetroot Factory to Scoring for England at Wembley - The Brilliant Career of Rickie Lambert!

241 goals from 701 club appearances, including a prolific 117 for Southampton, during a career which climbed from the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, to the Premier League all topped off with 11 England caps, scoring 3 goals, including the dream debut goal against Scotland. Lambert was heroic, talismanic and indestructible as he stormed his way into English football's top flight, with his Golden Boot winning goals tally helping steer the Saints to a glorious, emphatic promotion from the Championship in 2012.

Probably the best £1m spent in the modern game. Thank you very much Rickie Lambert for ALL the brilliant memories!

Saint Etienne

1.) 02 Oct 2017 23:35:41
Here here god bless Saint Rickie Lambert.


2.) 05 Oct 2017 22:05:53
Great post Saint Etienne. Don't fall in love with the guy though. Only love can break your heart, someone once said.


 

 

02 Sep 2017 11:36:38
Great goal from Bertrand last night. He's become so reliable and works hard, that England left back spot's got to be his now. Shame we (England) made the minnows Malta out to be a hard nut to crack like they're Germany, Italy or Iceland!

I like to think I got my 0-9 with Bertrand hat-trick prediction almost right

Have a great weekend all.

Saint Etienne

1.) 02 Sep 2017 18:01:51
I found it strange that the commentators and pundits thought it was a lucky goal from Bertrand and a big mistake by the goalkeeper. The keeper maybe should have saved it but it was a good shot going in the corner. If Deli Ali or Kane had scored it they would have said great finish. Do all of these media people have an aversion to SFC, it seems so, very rarely do they say anything positive about us and seem to think we don't exist as a force in the PL, makes me mad.


 

 

01 Sep 2017 17:29:24
Keep an eye on the Malta 'keeper in tonight's game. He could be Saints' next signing. As a ball boy.

Prediction: Malta 0-9 England. Bertrand scoring a hat-trick!

On a more serious note, best of luck to all the Southampton players on international duty tonight, especially the British representatives. Go do us all proud.

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07 Aug 2017 16:40:00
on current squad, i'd start most games with:
Forster
Cedric Stephens Virgil Bertrand
Romeu
Ward-Prowse Davis Redmond
Gabbiadini Austin
subs to use: Clasie, Tadic, Long.

Saint Etienne

1.) 07 Aug 2017 20:49:20
Would like to see Hojbjerg given a proper run of games this season as I think he could be really good.


 

 

05 May 2014 10:48:57
Premier League Squad of the Season 2013/14, as selected by myself:

Goalkeepers:
David Marshall (Cardiff Nil)
Artur Boruc (Saints)
Hugo Lloris (Spurs)

Defenders:
Pablo Zabaletta (Man City)
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Luke Shaw (Saints)
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Dejan Lovren (Saints)
Vincent Kompany (Man City)
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Curtis Davies (Hull City AFC)

Midfielders:
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Yaya Toure (Man City)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Saints)
Tom Huddlestone (Hull City AFC)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Mezut Ozil (Arsenal)
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Adam Lallana (Saints)

Forwards:
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Rickie Lambert (Saints)

They're my 25, anyway. Point is, it's been a grrreat season for Southampton and their players. Clyne, Rodriguez and Steven Davis could have also made this list, but it would look a little biased, uh hum ;)
First time I ever recall not including ANY Manchester United players. For me, only Rooney, Januzaj, Carrick and De Gea cut the mustard this season, for them, and so too has Giggs in the three of four games he made a cameo appearance in (Welbeck's done well for England) - Having said this, they'll now probably thump us 5-0 at the weekend!

Player of the season? Suarez, with, for me, Yaya Toure, Lallana, Ramsey and Gerrard as his closest challengers.

Saint Etienne.

Saint Etienne

1.) Mmmm tom huddlestone but no erikkson, and the main one Seamus coleman imo prob the best defender this season, de gea over boruc, ozil has done nothing outshone by cazorla, also missing nasri/sterling


2.) I wouldn't have Boruc in there to be honest and how is Coleman not in there! No Stearling, Fernandihno? Curtis Davies over John Terry and Cahil? Also agree Erricson should be in


3.) I'm a Saints fan, and I hate myself for saying it, but I think you've put too many Saints players in. I think the only players who would make it would be Shaw, Lovren, Lallana and maybe Rodriguez.


 

 

 

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02 Oct 2017 19:20:03
Well said Saint Ben. I hope we can get him onboard at the club. In a coaching capacity of some kind. We could do with a “this is how you score so many goals! ” coach

I love the fella, enjoy retirement Sir Rickie Lambert!

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02 Sep 2017 11:33:09
I came here this morning having just read on sky sports app their "Free Transfer XI", a group of decent/ above average and even in some cases greatest of all time (arise Sir Richard Lambert formerly of the beetroot factory) and anyway, back to my point, Rickie Lambert was on their list and of course this means we could sign him (or any club could sign any of these free players, of course) at any time. We have three "proper" first team forwards (by "proper" I mean strikers not attacking midfielders such as Redmond, Tadic, Boufal etc) in Gabbiadini, Chaustin and Long, a fourth, even just for a year, would go down very nicely thank you very much yes please, etc

So, we have a situation:
A) sign Lambert on what would be a good deal for all concerned, his wages would be lower than most and he's a safe pair of boots (quote me on that! ) and a club legend. Need I say more, number 9 shirt needs a name on it.
B) we stick with what we got, and do what Manchester United did a little while back by throwing a kid off the radar into the team (ladies and gentleman, here's England hot shot Marcus Rashford) when we're short of strikers for a game or two
C) wait until January and buy a new striker then, or get a disgruntled top six striker on loan.
D) wait until next season, make do with what we've got, get a good top 10 finish this season and give Sam Gallagher the number 9 shirt and watch us fly up the table with him scoring 30 goals like Harry Kane did for Tottenham!


I'd go with this: sign Rickie Lambert today. Right now, get him signed. He can be our back-up striker, wear the number 9 shirt, play for a season, then next season perhaps retire from playing and take up a coaching role at the club, where he can mentor the future star Sam Gallagher to fulfil his every potential

So, in a line; I hope we're getting Rickie Lambert on a free transfer!

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12 Aug 2017 13:45:12
Virgil Van Dijk should go to Everton rather than their Merseyside rivals in red. The Ronald Koeman connection and for the way Everton are building, and would certainly fit their very ambitious plans. He also could or should go to Arsenal, Manchester City or perhaps Chelsea. Liverpool desperately need to fix their defence, but I don't think it's the lack of players, it's in my opinion hugely down to Jurgen Klopp's approach/ tactics. Van Dijk could join the Anfield club and they could still leak goals ten-a-penny.

He's been brilliant as a player for the Saints. We took him from Celtic and made him an even better player, so I don't mind him making another step forward. Just hoping, due to the poaching reports, LFC would have to pay bigger bucks to get him. Circa £100m

Oh, how I laughed when Klopp's army (such as some of the comments Micky Quinn said on Talk Sport) began moaning because of Barcelona trying to steal their Phil Coutinho. It's alright for them to take VVD from (little) Southampton but still expect the Brazilian wonder to stay when mighty Barcelona come calling. Proves the proverb; The big fish eats the little fish.

If/ when Van Dijk does leave the club, I'd like to replace him with someone like Ben Gibson (again, I think we've been loosely linked with him recently) or perhaps we are already there with (reaches for that dictionary. ) the new Polish lad, Stephens (Stephens for England! ), Yoshida (amazed how much he improved last season and started to look like he belonged at this level. I like him! ) and this season's "one to watch" (according to something I read somewhere this week) Alfie Jones. Plus, don't forget of course we still have Florin Gardos too.

All's good. We're in the Premier League and looking bright.

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12 Aug 2017 13:26:36
Sam Gallagher could well be a top talent. I've liked him from the start. Looked a good prospect and compared to today, why can't he be Saints' version of Harry Kane? Give him a go. You never know, Gallagher might be the new Alan Shearer!

I'm too much of a Shane Long admirer to want him to leave us. Maybe in future seasons, but definitely fancy keeping the Irishman for this season. He plays a key role as a squad player and gives Southampton some depth, as well as experience and tremendous work rate.

Someone above mentioned Rickie Lambert. Damn right, Rickie Lambert. Get him back. It's such a shame his career took a nose dive since leaving St Mary's. Cardiff won't play him much this season, I'm think I read/ heard their manager (Neil Warnock) say he can't fit him into his regular plans, as much as he'd like to. If Lambo wants one last hurrah, come back and take that vacant number 9 shirt.

One last thing, following on from the (probably) impressive signing of Super Mario (Lemina) can we keep the credit card out a it longer and stick a bid in for The Ox? I'd love to have Chamberlain back at the club. Such an exciting player and seems like a good lad and a rather cool dude too. I love him.

Good luck today in the first match of the season. Fancy our chances of getting all three points against (an improving) Swansea. going to be a good game I think. Enjoy it if you're at the game, anyone/ everyone.

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Chelsea want Luke Shaw and wanna offer someone in part-exchange?

Ok, then, well as the selling club, how about this as our starting valuation, might be interested in doing this deal:

£80m, plus the following players: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cole, APurpleSweater, Cahill, Terry, Ramires, Matic, Lampard, McEachran, Oscar, Hazard, Lukaku, Bamford.

Basically, what I'm saying is, Splash your money all you like, it's going to cost you a lot! ;)

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12 Aug 2017 14:27:36
That awkward moment when you realise what you've written is factually incorrect. D'oh, I've just discovered Lambert has already left Cardiff City. The Saints legend is currently without a club

Let's get him then!

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12 Aug 2017 13:58:07
Can't think of many better penalty takers than Lambert or Le Tissier. Shearer, of course. Probably the best three

Where is Lambert heading? I haven't checked for a week or so, but something about Plymouth showing interest. He's still a high level player. No disrespect to the Argyle or anything, but Lambo should still be a regular at a higher level. I'd pick him for Cardiff every time over their other options. I'd have him back at Southampton, no questions asked!

To be fair though, Lambert lived the dream. A great story. To go from being rejected by Liverpool's academy or whatever to having to work in a beetroot factory before playing for various lower division sides, gaining a reputation as a fine frontman, got that crucial move to Bristol Rovers, picked up a lot of interest and showed his pedigree as a goal machine. The move to Southampton was perfect for all parties, and took him (and he took us) to the highest level. Not only did Rickie Lambert become one of the country's leading goal scorers, but he then reached the pinnacle by playing for England. And scoring with his first touch. His first touch! Scoring with his first touch in that important game against Scotland, picking up a handful more caps and being involved in the World Cup squad too. Great stuff. Then of course he also (back to the gist) go his dream come true of playing for his boyhood club, his beloved Liverpool. Shame that didn't really catch fire

But still, what a wonderful career, and, it's not over yet.

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I would be deeeeeeliighted to have Michael Laudrup as Southampton manager. If Pochettino does leave for Spurs (apparently, Levy has already given him his locker key! lol) then Laudrup, or someone similar, would be my hope.

Poch would be mad to leave for Spurs, on the basis Levy fires the manager for "only" finishing 4th, 5th or 6th.

But, as there are at least 20 managers worth mentioning or being tipped as our next manager/coach, I won't get too carried away for now.

It is possible we already have a replacement lined up, of course. Like Cortese did when Adkins was booted.

Poch, stay, and finish off the project. Until the Premier League title's won, it ain't over, man!

Take it easy everybody,
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{Ed001's Note - Laudrup used to cancel training when it rained you know. There were a lot of problems at Swansea prior to him getting binned by them.}


 

 

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"How d'you stop a Premier League attack getting at your defence? - Put a Cork in!"

Heard that one on the radio last night. Probably the best line a commentator/pundit has said all weekend. Well, after "And those of you who think Charlie Adam's goal against United is the be all and end all of the day's talking points, Jay Rodriguez's is much better. What a gooooaaaal!"

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1. You couldn't have. I don't know who you are, but if Pardew couldn't even get us into the top 6 (yes, we had started on -10 points, but still would have missed the play offs) then I really doubt you would have.
If you could, then stone me, you should be after David Moyes job soon!

2. "Terribly average manager"? Really? Seriously? I'll have to let you read his career record, and show exactly how "terribly average" that is.

3. Reading do have a good squad, and are one of the best teams in Championship. but QPR without a shadow have the best squad, and starting eleven, in that division, by a mile.

The rest of your points are credible though, apart from the Sir Alex nonsense. That club won so many titles and trophies because he IS the greatest manager in British football history.

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