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06 Jun 2018 20:12:28
Liverpool apparently now in for Shaqiri. Smart move, cut out the middle man and just go straight for the players we're linked with.


1.) 07 Jun 2018 12:30:36
haha. If 12M is true, I would quite like him here.



08 Apr 2018 11:43:03
Huge game today. Not just about the result, we need to go out there and make a statement that we're not going down without a fight.

If we have a go at them and lose, fine. They're a top 6 team and they're better than us. I'm just not sure I can stand to watch another performance like we saw against Newcastle and West Ham.

As a side note, why does anyone think that Shane Long is the answer for us? The bloke can't score. Southampton fans seem to consistently kid themselves that the grass is greener and change for the sake of change produces results. We did it when we engineered Puel's sacking. We did it throughout Pellegrino's reign, and in sacking Pellegrino as well which already looks like it's not making much difference. Just because long is a hard worker and doesn't have the same accusations of laziness thrown his way as someone like Gabbi, doesn't mean that he's going to suddenly develop the end product that he's never had.


1.) 08 Apr 2018 13:32:14
Just seen the team sheet. apparently our manager disagrees with me!

Shane Long hat-trick and I'll be eating some of the best tasting humble pie anyone could have come 4pm lol.

2.) 08 Apr 2018 15:58:02
Just a slice will do. better performance shame not to get a point really. Arsenal is still arsenal no matter the 11 starting and no shame in today.

3.) 08 Apr 2018 16:42:12
HI guys

Just watched the match two very important points what on earth does the managers past and present see in dusan tadic, he is one of the worst players I have seen in a long long time, he contributes absolutely nothing but the last three managers have all played him does he hold something over the club? second point is our defence is appalling not a decent defender amongst them. No wonder were in this position we can't hold on to a lead, how many games have we been infront and ended up losing I don't care if we stay up or go down I won't buy another season ticket .

4.) 08 Apr 2018 19:22:45
Today we played well
All over the park players actually showed up
Shane held the line up front and our defence were shaky at times but held their own
Even though we lost we played better and if we can take this game onto our next we have a chance against the lesser teams we’ve got to come up against
So it’s not all doom and gloom from today.

5.) 09 Apr 2018 18:40:17
Completely agree Diggy. There were still errors which aren't good enough, but it's time we accept that won't be fixed until next season. They showed fight, which is the big thing I wanted to see.

Also agree completely re. Tadic. I just don't get it. He's consistently poor. There was one moment yesterday when Shane squared it and Tadic had to beat one of Arsenal's defenders to the ball. It wasn't even a 50/ 50.Tadic was favourite to get there, and he just completely bi***d out of the challenge. That, for me, is criminal, particularly in the midst of a relegation scrap. Honestly if I was MH I wouldn't have cared that it was about 10 mins in. I'd have ripped him off the pitch there and then and he wouldn't have got back on it until he'd won 100 50/ 50s on the training pitch. I feel like that is the sort of accountability we lack.

6.) 10 Apr 2018 11:47:20
123 - totally agree. I thought he could have done more to prevent the cross for the (third I think) goal.



25 Jan 2018 20:53:11
Eds are you hearing any names linked to the saints other than Carillo and Promes? Just curious, the rumours seem to all be about those two.


{Ed002's Note - Nicolas Gaitan remains of interest as a loanee but it might prove difficult. Interest remains in Ben Godfrey but nothing can now happen until the summer.}



27 Jul 2017 08:40:09
Patrick Roberts rumours seem to be gathering steam - Eds any idea on whether this is likely, and whether it is likely to be a loan or a permanent transfer?

Think he could be a good buy for us, but personally I wouldn't't want him unless there's at least an option to buy.


1.) 27 Jul 2017 12:17:27
If we want this type of player I don't understand why we didn't get Murphy now of Newcastle. Much better player all round!



14 Jul 2017 16:17:05
Eds any idea what's going on with Chalobah? Seen reports of us linked and some of him signing a 5-year deal with Watford.

Think he'd be a good signing for us and reasonably priced too hopefully with only 1 year left on his deal.


{Ed002's Note - He has moved to Watford S123.}

1.) 14 Jul 2017 17:00:33
Shame, know if we were interested or just rumour?

2.) 15 Jul 2017 15:51:01
Why do you need to know whether we were interested or not? Too late, don't matter, move on guys 😇.

3.) 15 Jul 2017 16:22:27
Just curious.

{Ed002's Note - No. Southampton enquired after two other Chelsea players but not Chalobah. All three have moved on now.}

4.) 15 Jul 2017 18:45:30
Ok thanks for the info Ed (as always)




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10 Aug 2018 21:56:24
Ok, before the season starts, I thought it would be interesting to see what we want from this year. By this I mean, imagine you're the Chairman, what would you be setting as our targets/ expectations?

In my opinion, pushing for Europe is unrealistic right now. I think I'm looking for the following from the season:

- PL finish of 8-12
- Breakout seasons from some key players to establish a more settled squad with leaders and key players established.
- Anything in the cups is a bonus

Basically, for me this season is about re-establishing ourselves as an up and coming club with a more positive mood around the club, and building a foundation to push on from next year.


1.) 11 Aug 2018 09:32:29
Anything better than last year . hopefully more from McQueen, sims and reed. and more direct, exciting attacking football. beyond that. 💁.



08 Aug 2018 07:41:24
From the sound of it, the most likely signings are now Welbeck or Alcacer, and probably on loan. I'd be happy with either on loan tbh, despite my reservations about signing them permanently.




28 Jun 2018 07:26:41
McCarthy resigned. Vestergaard linked from Gladbach - looks like we're kicking into gear! McCarthy deserves the new deal, and Vestergaard would be a great signing imo.




12 Jun 2018 07:30:01
Hi Eds,

Any chance of this strange Sporting crisis benefitting us at all?

Martins, Podence and Fernandes all seem like options who could fit the bill for us. I understand Martins has been linked to the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, but haven't heard much about the other two. Are they options for the Saints or am I being too ambitious?


{Ed001's Note - it really is difficult to say, it could all get very messy yet. Sporting could easily appeal to CAS and block any of the players from playing.}

1.) 12 Jun 2018 14:39:55
Thanks Ed. Do you think teams are likely to stay away because of these complications, or do you expect these players to be snapped up quickly?

One of the more interesting scenarios I’ve ever seen in terms of transfer dealings.

{Ed001's Note - I would expect some to see clubs step in and get a deal with Sporting and some will no doubt back down when they are not getting the offers they are looking for. You would be better looking on the Eurosoccer site as Ed002 can offer more detail about it on there as it is completely relevant to that site.}

2.) 12 Jun 2018 18:18:30
Fair enough mate, I'll have a look there. Thanks for the info! Much appreciated as always.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate, he has much better info than I do on this kind of thing.}



05 Jun 2018 11:30:58
I'd forgotten Jordy Clasie even existed until someone mentioned him on here.

Anyone know how he did on loan? I'm guessing he didn't set the world alight if I've forgotten the bloke?!


1.) 06 Jun 2018 05:34:18
Supposedly subpar loan at brugge. Wasn't even first choice there towards the end of the season. An unspectacular player really, never did much wrong but not what we need right now. Especially with the number of midfielders we have right now. Should be moved on this summer, as the wages could be put to better use elsewhere. Reed having a more positive loan spell should be given the chance to replace Davis.




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12 Aug 2018 22:10:11
Completely agree Diggy, but I actually thought he did a better job of that today than he did last year. He seemed a lot more direct when he got the ball.




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06 Aug 2018 23:30:13
I reckon he'll be too expensive personally.

And I don't mean too expensive for us, just that his asking price will be above of his value. If they're looking for 20-30 mil as I expect they would be, then he's not worth that, and we shouldn't pay it out of desperation.

The big ones I'm surprised we haven't worked harder at (in fairness, maybe we have been) are Dembele and Origi. Both are optimistic but plausible in my opinion.




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03 Aug 2018 17:48:26
Think we're being a bit harsh on Stephens here. There's potential there, and CB's often develop later.

It's time to just keep Gallagher and see what happens. The loan system serves a purpose, but it's time for him to sink or swim. That doesn't mean start him, it just means keep him around and give him whatever opportunities he can earn in training (Cup games, injury fill-ins, etc. ) .




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26 Jul 2018 07:08:44
Personally, I don't read too much into preseason results.

We let players go on loan because its the smarter long-term move. Players with potential can go, and potentially excel and improve their transfer value, rather than selling people like Boufal and Carillo while their value is at an all-time low. Also, football finances just don't work as simply as fans like to make out. In getting these players off the wage bill, the board will see it as freeing up £X million. Transfer fees don't tend to be the most expensive part of a signing, and in accounting terms football clubs view them as being spread over the length of a player's contract. So when we sign a player for £10m, and £2 mil a year for 5 years, the club will view this as £4mil per year (this too is simplified of course) . By loaning Clasie, Boufal and Carillo, the board will have freed up, for argument's sake, £5mil in this years accounts which they have the option to invest. So it does still help our finances in the short term.




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22 Jul 2018 22:21:07
Agree on both of these. Although I've not seen any mention of Aspas, and it seems really unlikely we'd be able to get him.





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12 Aug 2018 22:20:56
Agree with quite a lot of this, although I think it's reasonable that Ings didn't start this one given that he's been here 2 days lol.

Couldn't agree more that we need to get back to playing a faster tempo and pressing in a way which causes other teams issues, even if we're left exposed every now and again. My team for next game:

Cedric, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bertrand
Lemina, Ward-Prowse
Redmond, Ings, Elyounoussi.




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11 Aug 2018 08:40:27
Lol my bad - let's just play Redmond once then and that'll get it down to 11.

I think we should give Redmond another shot. There's a good player in there, and we need his pace and directness for the way I'd like us to be playing.




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10 Aug 2018 21:39:37
JWP (just - if we were playing top 6 team I'd say Romeu)

To answer the question I'm sure will be asked - Ings would ultimately be in my 11, but this weekend seems too soon for him to come in.

It's actually quite a difficult team to pick, which is a good and bad thing. Good in that I actually think we have a lot of depth right now, but bad in that there isn't really a single player that is a guaranteed starter.




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09 Aug 2018 18:58:41
I can't and didn't say either of those things.




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09 Aug 2018 14:52:32
What do you mean where has his delivery ever got us? It's got us better deliveries. Where did Mane's pace ever get us? Where did Le Tissier's genius ever get us? Nowhere, but that doesn't mean we may as well not have bothered with them.

And 'if he ever turns the corner he'll be gone a year later'. again, what on earth is your point? We may as well sell all of our players by the logic you've used here!

One of the more bizarre posts I've seen on here.