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10 Aug 2018 18:14:19
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10 Aug 2018 13:14:24
So now that the transfer window has closed, what is everyone's opinions on our signings? I think we've done brilliant, and bought in some solid players.

What's everyone's thoughts on our starting 11 for Sunday? I'd go with this.

GK: McCarthy
RWB: Cedric
RCB: Stephens
CB: Vestergaard
LCB: Yoshida
LWB: Bertrand
CDM: Romeu
CDM: Lemina
RW: Redmond
ST: Ings
ST: Gabbiadini
LW: Elyounoussi.

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10 Aug 2018 17:05:26
Think the referee might have something to say. unless I've missed something and the rules have changed. we are only allowed 11 on the pitch. :-) ) Easy mistake. also easily resolved . park Redmond on the bench, but personally, I would rather
GK: McCarthy
RWB: Cedric
RCB: Yoshida
LCB: Vestergaard
LWB: Bertrand
CDM: Romeu
ROM Ward-Prowse
LOM Armstrong
In the Hole: Elyounoussi.
ST: Ings
ST: Gabbiadini

We are at home, we are up for it so let's not go 5 at the back, back to pressing football. Matt Targett - Lamina and Sam Gallagher as used subs preferences!

10 Aug 2018 18:21:55
A diamond? Interesting.


Cedric Vestergaard Hoedt Targett


Hojberg Armstrong

Gabbi Chaz Mo.

10 Aug 2018 19:02:59
No Danny Ings.?
Dont disagree with Targett over Bertrand, but feel he will stick with Ryan in the opening game, him being Captain and all that!
Hoedt is not as strong as Yoshida in my opinion, its a great shame because Stephens and Bednarac are also playing well! big fight going on there!
Hojberg has no goals in him and Ward Prowse, provides. its not an easy one that's for sure.

At least we have options.

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.

10 Aug 2018 22:05:12
Thats another 12 players Saints 123 - The ref is seriously going to fun with you lot.!

Just for the record, let's drop Redmond again to the bench, at least I'm consistent (and can count. :-) ) )

11 Aug 2018 05:52:11
Targett (but Bertrand will probably get the nod)
Ings (Gabbiadini if Ings isn’t ready)

Gabbiadini/ Ings.

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.

11 Aug 2018 12:43:31
Cedric- (reed) -yoshida-vestergaard -Bertrand

10 Aug 2018 09:54:34
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Review Of The Day 10th August 2018

10 Aug 2018 07:43:06
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10 Aug 2018 16:34:36
we should win that with 12 men then .

10 Aug 2018 02:35:37
So how do you guys rate our transfer window? For me the board did their homework and bought players in positions which we needed to strengthen in and the signings more or less fit the southampton profile of relative young players with potential. Would've preferred a target man option for up top but I'd take Ings any day. When fit he could be the difference between a top 10 finish and lower midtable. Only negatives I have is the failure of getting shot of the deadwood on permanent deals and failure to find suitors for Long and Big FF, but it's not really the board's fault for that. All in all solid transfer window, spending necessary and shrewd in a couple of transfers. 8/ 10.

{Ed001's Note - if Dings stays fit you will love him. He is a cult hero at Anfield for a reason. He will press defenders to death and is a proper goalscorer. Just needs time to get back to his best after his injuries. That can take years to mentally recover from as your body adjusts itself to move differently to protect the injury, then you have to retrain it. I have seen studies that claim it can take as long as 3 years for the mental pathways to be rebuilt.}

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10 Aug 2018 07:27:03
Ed’s is absolutely spot on with his comments, Forster is a prime example of someone who is still psychologically suffering from a horrendous injury 2 years ago.

{Ed001's Note - I am not so sure that is the problem with Forster, he was crap before his injury as his footwork is the worst I have ever seen in professional football. It was the same when he was a kid at Newcastle and it has not improved throughout his career. All he has is that he is big and an intimidating presence.}

10 Aug 2018 08:59:55
Ha Ha - shot down in flames.

10 Aug 2018 14:03:58
And he had Fonte and his everchanging partners in front of him as well.
Anyways. Cheers Ed001, not one Liverpool fan has said a bad thing about the lad (Ings), I hope he really comes through. Sounds like he's just a bloke who wants to enjoy his football again after a miserable 2 years and if he can rediscover that and also in effect push saints progressively forward than last season then I will be a proud saints fan. Don't worry we'll look after him well.

{Ed001's Note - Liverpool fans, in the main, love Ings mate. He has a fantastic attitude.}

10 Aug 2018 19:40:19
Ok ed, seem to remember Koeman rating Forster as the best signing of his first season and Peul mentioning that Forster was suffering from a serious loss of confidence. 4 different England managers can’t be wrong as well? What did messi say about him? Anyway, your opinion is respected and noted but I do feel you are a little harsh on him.

{Ed001's Note - I really do not care what any of them had to say. Ray Clemence, who knows more about keeping than any of those, agreed with me, I would take his opinion on a keeper over any of those lot.}

09 Aug 2018 21:06:32
Danny Ings is back home and we should welcome him with open arms. The Saints Board and Management have done a cracking job in bringing in 5 strong players, and just as importantly, not loosing promising young players to our opposition.

This was in my opinion a testament of the heart felt warmth that Danny created whilst at Liverpool.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid a heartfelt tribute to Danny Ings after his move to Southampton and says everyone at the club will miss him.

"It is a very strange feeling saying goodbye to Danny. The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him, " he told the club's official website.

"He is such an outstanding boy. Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide - he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. But we won't just miss his character because he is a footballer who has all the tools.

"We say farewell to a friend, but for Danny I know the best chapters in his personal story are still to be written. He is as fit now as at any point of his career I would bet and he just requires the opportunity. He has that opportunity and on behalf of his Liverpool family we say good luck Danny and we will miss you. "

No true fan can complain about the commitment of our club, or the feeling that we are on the up again!

Looking forward to Sunday with my mate Rob Eason, we have known each other since England won the World Cup and argue in a very friendly way daily. but we care passionately about Saints, its youngsters and the fact that we love keeping a strong mix of English players coming through the academy and representing our squad.

We March On.!

{Ed0333's Note - great post Pete, really nice read. Enjoy Danny Ings. If he stays injury free he’ll get goals for you guys.

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10 Aug 2018 06:53:58
Thank Ed0333, appreciated.
Its never easy being a Saints fan, but wouldn't change that for the world. The enemies enjoyment of following the rollercoaster we call Saints improves our purpose.

Listening to some of our fans never fails to amaze me, its as if we have an endless bucket of money and having to both create and sell players has resulted in a well run football club, that stays within in its means.

If saints fell down to Div 2, Rob and I would still support our club, we have had some great days out and passed untold hours pontificating, discussing, disagreeing and also agreeing!

Every game we alternately take Wine Gums and share then with those around us when we score, they are known as "The Gummie Bears" some are in their 80s and its a ritual, one week we forgot the wine gums, man were we in trouble. :-) )

Anyway your site is great and the job that you do more valuable than you may think, connecting people and allowing views to be aired and discussed reduces alcohol intake and mental health issues spiralling needlessly. :-)

Come on you Reds!

{Ed0333's Note - Thankyou so much Pete you really are a throwback to a bygone era of football fan which is so endearing. The game is awash with so much money now there seems to be a disconnect between club and fan, which is tragic. I’m actually visualisng you handing out the wine gums as I I got to be honest if you hadn’t of got Ings I really feared for you but you’ve given yourself a chance now. He’ll prove a shrewd piece of business if he can look after his knees. He’s a fighter and exactly the type of personality you need when the chips are down. Take care mate and stock up on those wine gums.

10 Aug 2018 09:23:16
Hi Ed0333 - Though I should explain the Wine Gums malarky and how it started.!

About 7 years ago, we were into the game. closely guarding our Wine Gums and Saints went and scored, this was just as Rob was passing the open packet towards me. as the goal went in, up went his arm raised aloft in triumph and sprayed all surrounding fans with Wine Gums. they all laughed and picked up/ consumed said Wine Gums.

Since then, its a ritual, everybody get one, other than the game when Saints beat Sunderland 8-0, we ran out. :-) )

{Ed0333's Note - thanks Pete..I’ll sleep at night now safe in the knowledge the wine gum mystery has been

09 Aug 2018 20:42:10
Danny Igns signs!
Danny Welbeck doesn't.

Right decision for SFC. Welbeck has too high opinion of his worth.

Ings on loan with an option to buy is good thinking.

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10 Aug 2018 05:06:40
Wish Danny Ings all the best returning home just watched his interview and you genually feel he wanted this move and just wants to get going after his dissapointing time at Liverpool
This potentially could be as sreawdest signing for saints for a few seasons now
On paper Danny’s stats at Burnley we’re 122 played 38 goals and that was at a team who went down the year he got sold
So if Hughes can get this team firing on all cylinders with the options we now have up front
We could be looking at a good season
I’m also glad to see harry read back this lad needs games for saints always rated his desire and commitment his energy were always his best attributes
His only fault was sometimes leaving a foot in when he didn’t need to and getting himself in the book

Anyway Burnley Sunday they had a excellent season last year but it’s whether they can improve on that this year who knows
Personally I think we will take the 3 points and win 2.0
So let’s get behind the team and let’s get them over the line for our first win

{Ed001's Note - Targett could be good as well. Bernard has not had the best of times recently, might give him a kick up the backside to have genuine competition.}

09 Aug 2018 18:15:30
Hi edds

Can I just take this opportunity to thank you and all the guys for taking the time effort and trouble to create and maintain this website for no reward other than our thanks as fans for the obvious hours of time and effort that you all put into making this whole thing work.

Many Thanks Vintage Saint.

{Ed001's Note - cheers VS, though myself and Ed033 do earn our living from all the sites, it is the others that deserve the thanks as they do it all for free.}

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09 Aug 2018 06:53:04
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 9th August 2018

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09 Aug 2018 02:25:33
Hi guys I'm reading obviously rumoured that we are looking at Martin Montoya a right full back from valencia Spain, please can anyone tell me how many defenders and midfielders do we need? Are we not crying out for a consistent 15+ goalscorer? Is it me? Ings, welbeck
were the names bandied about and I would be extremely concerned if we don't bring in a forward or attack orientated player. Your views are welcomed. Regards vs.

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09 Aug 2018 07:21:55
What strikers would you suggest that are a legitimate upgrade on Gabbi and Austin? Anyone we could sign, judging by the rumoured names, would be either a reclamation project or an injury risk. Well we already have those, so why waste the money. The last thing we need is another Carillo. All we'd do is criticise that as well.

It's easy for us to sit here and moan about how much we need a striker, but we seem to expect the board to be able to just pull 20 goals a year out of their ass. Its getting ridiculous.

Anyway, our strikers are irrelevant to the Montoya rumour. We do need a rb as we only have one first team player at the position right now.

09 Aug 2018 10:31:17
I was wondering whether MH would look at Harrison Reed for our Backup RB? He seemed to do a decent job for Norwich last year playing mainly in that role.

09 Aug 2018 13:06:13
Reed and if he stays JWP can both play back up right back. As can yosh and Targett. I think we are fully covered there.

09 Aug 2018 14:48:17
JWP has never played RB as far as I'm aware. Reed did it reasonably well in the Championship from what I've heard, so is probably part of the reason why we haven't been more concerned about the position. The point wasn't that we desperately need a rb, it's that it's a completely separate issue to whether or not we need a striker. And clearly, there is a need there even if we have some options as cover if we don't get one. If Cedric got injured and Reed disappointed, you'd all be hounding the board for not having a proper backup in place!

09 Aug 2018 14:48:57
Cedric does need stronger competition at right back but we have players who can cover their in the interim. The problem up top is more pressing because both Austin and Gabbi struggled for goald last season, Austin's age is against him when considering his fitness and injury history and I don't think he can play 38 league gams, let alone cup appearances. Gabbi can play as a striker but if we play in a 3-5-2, who is he going to play with? If we only play one up top, Gabbi has already shown he isn't suited to it with the direct football we have been playing. I would steer clear of Welbeck but Ings has shown what he can do with a run of games and even if he comes as back up to Austin, I'd rather him on the bench then Shane Long.


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