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17 Jun 2018 11:08:50
After a Great season for him, Alex McCarthy has to have a pay increase, how can our No 1 goalkeeper be earning less than our no 2 (fraser) >> Pay him or lose him! Thoughts!

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17 Jun 2018 11:40:24
Forster is one of, if not the highest earner at our club (although I think Lemina and Gabs earn a bit more) and as good as he was at the back end of last season, increasing McCarthy's wages to the point of being more than Fraser's will take a hit on our wage budget. Increasing his wages by that much just because people are uncomfortable with the idea that our current number two earns more than our first choice is a bad move. However, I do think Fraser is on too much to sit on the bench. Would rather move him on and sign someone who will be on less and then increase McCarthy's wages (because let's be honest, he earned it), but rationalized within our current wage budget means so that it stays stable. Wouldn't want our top 5 paid players in the club to have 2 goalkeepers now do we? Just my opinion.

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Review Of The Day 17th June 2018

17 Jun 2018 07:13:28
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16 Jun 2018 07:12:13
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15 Jun 2018 06:42:23
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Review Of The Day 14th June 2018

14 Jun 2018 07:32:32
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13 Jun 2018 16:51:25
Inter have slapped in a 45 million Euro bid for Promes. that's us out of the running then.

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13 Jun 2018 17:19:10
I'm afraid so. I think our success with recent signings in past seasons (ala Mane, Wanyama etc) is that we keep it under the radar. As soon as interest comes out in the media it alerts other clubs of potential availability, and we all know that financially Saints can't compete with the top European teams we're battling with.

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13 Jun 2018 22:44:09
Lets hope they've got some things going on 'under the radar' now then!

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Review Of The Day 13th June 2018

13 Jun 2018 06:57:08
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13 Jun 2018 01:46:52
I'm going to throw this one out here . lemina playing behind the front two when we have possession, dropping back into a three when we don't.
He's got an eye for a pass. he can be explosive, and he can defend from a high position (breaking down a counter attack) , and he's got a great shot on him from outside the box
Thoughts?

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13 Jun 2018 21:01:38
yep I agree there
i think that PEH and Romeu should make the two in midfield with Lemina in that No. 10 slot.
very hard-working and would be good to play him in an area where he can get more goals and assists. either that or play him like Arsenal play Ramsey, as he is a similiar player.

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13 Jun 2018 22:46:49
I've always seen Lemina as more of a true box-to-box midfielder than a no. 10. He'd probably still be better than anyone else we have as a 10, but I'd rather see us sign a proper creative talent and play Lemina in a b2b role.

Interesting idea and not something I'd really thought of. To me, more of a plan B though.

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14 Jun 2018 08:05:01
Lemina playing more forward leaves him little to no time on the ball since its closer for the opposition to get near him. I'd rather he made his dangerous runs from deep and strike panic into defense, providing a distraction to maybe not leave our striker isolated perhaps?

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12 Jun 2018 10:27:53
Like to see Bas Dost with Gabbiadini.

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12 Jun 2018 12:31:45
I agree! Either Bas Dost, or Nicolai Jørgensen from Feyenoord who is very much in the Rickie Lambert mould.

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12 Jun 2018 18:17:07
Really think Dost is a marked improvement on our current strikers?

My first reaction would be no, but I haven't really seen him play. Signing him would basically mean the end for Carillo though, considering their similar styles. Personally i'm not ready to write Carillo off when we've barely seen him in action. All depends what Hughes has been seeing in training though.

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12 Jun 2018 20:28:45
I agree. You can't write Carrillo off that quickly. He came into the squad when we were at the worst part of the season and he wasn't given many chances to impress. I just hope he stays and does well next season so we can sell him on to Liverpool after Firmino goes to PSG or something. :p.

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12 Jun 2018 22:22:28
Carillo showed more than enough in 10 games to prove he has no upper body strength, no foot coordination, no understanding of hold up play and no idea of where other team mates are on the pitch! He is not and never will be good enough to play as a centre forward in the premier league. Our manager, a fine centre forward and footballer, took a week to figure him out and put him in the stands or on the bench to make up numbers. Pellegrinos final act of incompetence was to pursuede the board to part with 19 million pounds on a poor player.

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13 Jun 2018 07:13:51
SaintPaul that’s ridiculous. The guy came in last minute, right before a change in manager. Just because he didn’t set the world on fire from day one, doesn’t mean he ducks, sometimes players take time to settle in and find their role, and unfortunately for Carillo we were in no position to give him that time at the backend of last season.

Yet another example of complete irrationality from Saints fans. That’s the kind of thinking that leads you to ‘do a Chelsea’ and allow quality players to leave without even getting a sniff of the first team. I’m not saying that’s what Carillo is, I’m just saying you have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about when you say that he’s not.

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13 Jun 2018 10:58:16
If I am wrong then I will apologise on this forum, I have watched enough football and played at a high standard to recognise when a player is way out of his depth, maybe Hughes will turn him into a class act, time will tell.

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13 Jun 2018 12:19:09
I totally agree he has looked out of his depth, but then again there is an argument that he hasn't had a chance. I seem to remember Mane taking time to settle, so it could change.

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13 Jun 2018 15:03:55
I watched Mane and Gardos make their debuts v Arsenal, Mane had pace to spare and the ability to walk around good players, he always had promise but I agree it does take time to settle but you must have the ability in the first place.

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13 Jun 2018 16:43:09
He did look out of his depth a little, but well run teams don't give up on record signings after 7 appearances.

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13 Jun 2018 20:52:04
Ok, we’ll agree to disagree as gents and move in. Healthy and impassioned debate is always good, most important is our passion for our beloved SFC.

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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.}

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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.}

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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.}

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Review Of The Day 12th June 2018

12 Jun 2018 06:34:29
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11 Jun 2018 12:45:54
Hi Eds, I see Liverpool have released Jon Flanagan and wondered if he may be of interest to someone like us. Do you know anything about his condition and prospects?

He's only 25 and when he was introduced at Liverpool, he looked full of potential. I do note he's had a couple of knee injuries that hampered his progress and was loaned out to Burnley last season and Bolton this, making a total of about 20 appearances which suggests his form isn't what it was or perhaps his injury hampers him. Injuries aside, I also note he had a run in with the law earlier this year. So is he fit enough to play consistently from what you hear? If so, he could at least provide back up for Cedric if not competition for a starting spot. Maybe a fresh start would help him find form?

{Ed001's Note - he has never recovered mentally from his injuries and that has kept him on the fringes on loan spells. He clearly suffered badly during the long lay off, drinking way too much and getting into trouble. He probably needs a drop down the leagues to play regularly and try and get back to some kind of form.}

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11 Jun 2018 14:18:39
Cheers Ed. Its always a shame to see a young footballer chewed up and spat out.

{Ed001's Note - I guess, though he has endeared himself to no one with his actions.}

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Review Of The Day 11th June 2018

11 Jun 2018 06:47:25
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11 Jun 2018 04:48:24
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10 Jun 2018 18:00:35
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