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16 Apr 2018 13:50:36
I think the back three thing should continue. we have played better in the last two games, and yet we still can't get results. I think we should drop tadic, and play sims. also drop Long, which is quite harsh, but charlie Austin does bring the goals. long works hard and is possibly a better lone striker than austin, but doesn't score as many which is what is needed. either that or play lemina in midfield as well, and play austin and long up front without tadic, or JWP. if we do go down, these players I think will leave:
Lemina
Bertrand
Cedric
Romeu
Gabbi
Poss Austin altho he's quite committed to the club.
maybe PEH
we need to get rid of:
boufal
forster
redmond
carillo (unless he can prove himself in the last few games) .
this is a lot of players, but we have the van dijk money, good youth players who need to play, and I think the right manager.


1.) 16 Apr 2018 17:36:12
Tadic played well against Chelsea and as our one creative player, if we drop him when he is starting to play well we lose something. I would have agreed with you 2 games ago but after the Chelsea performance he deserves another go. Sims doesn’t play in the same position and has different attributes so not really a like for like change. I’d like to see Austin up top as well. I’m not sure whether he’s being eased in gradually or simply a victim of MH’s preferred formation. Time will tell, but Shane Long works a little bit harder for a little bit longer than Austin so understand why he’s preferred. The down side is that if he is not getting assists or goals, putting the opposition under pressure is not always better than picking a proven goal scorer. Ideally, there would be a way to play Austin and Long together, perhaps with Long playing off Austin like JWP and Tadic have been.

I’ve lost confidence in Lemina as the season has gone on. He has made some silly mistakes that have cost us goals and games and since his return from injury, has largely been a shadow of his former self. Romeu has the experience and PEH the tenacity that should see them continuing to get picked first.

It would be surprising to see us sell so many players in any event. If we were relegated, the club may be required to for financial reasons but I’d like to think some of those players would be prepared to play a season in the Champ and see where we are. Stay up or go down, I don’t see MH as our manager beyond the summer. Whilst I would be concerned about bringing in a new manager in light of the last two we’ve hired, I would still prefer to hire a manager with ambition to build a squad, a project of development and progression. Someone who could stay in place for a number of years to give us the consistency we so desperately need. That is not MH’s MO in my book so we need to look elsewhere, hire early in the summer to give the new person time to assess the squad and then back him in the transfer market where finances allow.


2.) 17 Apr 2018 10:00:05
I think Shane has made the difference with the work rate in midfield because he makes himself available all the time and by doing that speeds our play up. He is a totally dedicated give it all player which I’m afraid has been a bit lacking over the season. Tadic is frustrating but is technically gifted and if you take him out we have little creation. Lemina was giving us that in his early days but he doesn’t seem that bothered these days so has been rightly left out. The defence? Good players but just not quite good enough for the PL as a group, When VVD left we needed to replace him with a leader at the back regardless of cost. I honestly believe if we had we would escape relegation which now seems increasingly unlikely, Some players need a run in the side to shine through and now I think we are seeing the true potential of Hjojberg just a shame we didn’t play a settled side earlier in the season. Just seemed to me we lost a game and the management thought, oh well we’ll chuck somebody else in to see how they do. A players confidence gets hammered if they know they will be dropped if they don’t have their best game. We still have a chance but it’s looking more and more unlikely we’ll survive.


 

 

14 Apr 2018 14:25:51
that was totally bull.


1.) 14 Apr 2018 15:58:32
I disagree. I thought that was a good performance despite the loss. At least we showed a proper fight and scored two goals. That is now 4 goals against 2 of the top 6 in the last 2 games. That to me seems pretty good considering we are 18th in the table and have been struggling to score goals. A month or two ago I would have expected it to be about 4-0 to Chelsea. If we go down, we'll go down fighting.


2.) 14 Apr 2018 17:52:42
Lol we spend all year saying we can forgive bad results but need to see more passion and fight. They show exactly that, and then posts like this instantly pop up.


3.) 14 Apr 2018 18:36:24
Think it just shows our confidence once we conceded. Arsenal and today was the same. total control until we conceded then total panic sets in.


4.) 15 Apr 2018 17:13:50
I fear we are now relegated, let’s see our team next Sunday bully Chelsea and get to the FA cup final. Hughes has also made his mind up on Redmond and Carrillo thank god. Reed and Kruger should have the decency to resign and at the same time accept responsibility for the clubs impending relegation thus giving time for replacements to plan for next season and negotiate the transfers of the players leaving.


 

 

09 Apr 2018 12:32:43
as a club the identity of a model team has a been lost. however I don't think anyone cares what sort of football we play as long as we keep clean sheets, score goals, and show some passion. hojbjerg needs to keep starting next to romeu. long and austin up top together. keep the back three. mccarthy in goal. play sims and wardy as well not dushit tadic.


 

 

13 Mar 2018 17:20:44
to be fair hughes played quite good football when he had good technical players like arnautovic, bojan, afellay, shaqiri, etc. they were very good in that 2015/ 16 season.


1.) 13 Mar 2018 22:22:39
I was thinking that too. Saints have got some very good technical players such as manolo, boufal, carrillo, redmond ect. so hughes might not be too bad. However I would prefer someone else instead.


 

 

 

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25 Apr 2018 09:36:57
he didn't train yesterday.


 

 

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30 Mar 2018 16:15:00
yeah he signed for basel last summer and has been very good for them. he's norwegian, only 23 and quite a good goalscoring winger. hasn't got much big league experience though and not sure how good he would be in the prem.


 

 

 

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09 May 2018 09:55:09
they should defend their heads off on sunday and stck long up front just to run around and be a complete menace to their defence. bring gabbi on about 65 mins in!


 

 

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08 May 2018 22:11:36
"les reed he went to italy. "
get in there gabbi!


 

 

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20 Apr 2018 14:53:35
i disagree with hojbjerg not passing very well from deep. he has a very good eye for a pass as proved for that ball to bertrand against chelsea. he is our best option next to romeu atm so MH just needs to work out where the more attacking midfielders and strikers can fit in.


 

 

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20 Apr 2018 11:16:46
hang on we were saying he had got us scoring!
i say stick with back three but play two strikers with one attacking midfielder.


 

 

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18 Apr 2018 09:51:54
yep totally agree with that. the past is the past we can't change it. why the hell would the board listen to a moaning fan? the board knew he wasnt doing well but took to long in trying to give him a chance. if we win the fa cup does that mean we can be in europe and the championship next year?