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20 Oct 2017 17:34:54
Blimey, according to his Twitter and Insta pages, Virgil is finally ‘ready for the weekend’. It also seems according to the same social media outlets, Wesley ain’t that chuffed about his upcoming weekend.

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18 Oct 2017 09:02:40
Paco Alcacer linked from Barcelona on BBC.

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19 Oct 2017 07:56:14
Here's hoping. (bin Redmond, VVD and Tadic for some cash)

19 Oct 2017 11:13:33
Not sure we need another striker - wingers and attacking midfielders are a bigger need for us right now.

16 Oct 2017 14:14:24
Reading the Liverpool forum and they are still desperate for VVD it seems. Also Clyne is being slated and they inference is as soon as they can he will be sold on as he is not wanted.

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16 Oct 2017 23:08:22
I feel for luke Shaw. he's been publicly torn to shreds and looks broken. I know his 100 grand a week and perhaps questionable attitude but his talent is undeniable. hopefully he can find fitness and maybe a move that suits him.

17 Oct 2017 10:01:30
Luke Shaw .
At Southampton he was treated the Southampton Way, treated as a young man, a young man with exceptional talent . who played his heart out for us, was rarely injured or missed a game, who's fitness was never in doubt as he bombed up and down the wing = England left back.
I followed him on twitter . a game of bowling with his buddies, Nandos with his mates, golf with his mates . all the things that a 17/ 18 year old should be doing!
He moves to Manchester . what do they do, shove him in some plush City Centre hotel to live . only 'mates' around, not real mates but footballers who regard themselves as celebrities! I think the first event he attended was a boxing match (from memory) where all the Man U players had ring side seats .

That same evening there were a few of Saints players in Ceno's sat eating, chatting, no show offs, just sensible guys having a chat and giggle .

So from young man going to Nandos with his mates, playing xbox . to part of the Marketing Giant that is Man U .

He was still a boy . sad . great player . great attitude.

{Ed001's Note - Clyne was similar, moved to Liverpool and it all went to his head. The clubs made a mess of things in both cases.}

17 Oct 2017 16:38:49
It is such a shame .
I look ay Lemina we have just signed from Juventus, articulate, sociable, cheerful . plays his heart and socks off .
It seems for us, that character is a huge part of the selection process and then they are encouraged almost into a family way .
Luke Shaw didn't go from being injury free, very fit, England left back to this . shame .
Clyne was also superb .

17 Oct 2017 16:38:49
It is such a shame .
I look ay Lemina we have just signed from Juventus, articulate, sociable, cheerful . plays his heart and socks off .
It seems for us, that character is a huge part of the selection process and then they are encouraged almost into a family way .
Luke Shaw didn't go from being injury free, very fit, England left back to this . shame .
Clyne was also superb .

23 Oct 2017 18:47:28
Some of you guys have short memories, sorry . Luke Shaw was always injured when he was here with muscle strains.

16 Oct 2017 11:32:56
On a positive note think Lemina is going to be an incredible purchase whether we can hold on to him could be another issue. Seems to of adapted and is bossing the game already. Great to Gabbi back amongst the goals. Not sure what FF is doing at the moment and that has to put the fear of god into those in front of him.

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16 Oct 2017 12:51:31
What does Charlie Austin have to do to be given a chance? 10 minutes at the end of a game is not enough. Long has had his fair share of chances. CA has to be given a run / starts in the team to show what he can do!

16 Oct 2017 13:25:44
Hi Ben, I partly agree with you what about Austin and Gabbiadini up front and Long replacing Redmond on the wing, he is certainly more direct and aggressive and would give other teams more to think about and possibly restrict them moving forward. It makes you wonder at the wisdom of selling Jay Rodrigues!
Regards vs.

16 Oct 2017 16:26:22
Good shout Vintagesaint, for me I just want to see Charlie on the pitch, and I do think it could work with Gabbi, long haworked out on the flanks for us before so yes I could see that working.

16 Oct 2017 20:35:23
Guys, all well and good saying let's play Gabbi, Shane and Charlie. but that's all 3 of our strikers! Any injuries, we're in that brown stuff.

16 Oct 2017 20:54:06
Hi staffs, I take your point but 9 points from 8 games is relegation form and if you look at our run of games over Xmas and run up we will not be picking up many points there. The only consolation is we are not the worst team by any means but let's not kid ourselves we are poor but not the worst but is that the height of our hopes and aspirations mid table mediocrity? The game is awash with money but I believe the standard of football has declined and Saints unfortunately epitomise this and it's not a complicated game and we look poor too often. Regards vs.

17 Oct 2017 03:33:19
I like this scenario but it doesn't account for Davis and I think Davis needs to be in the team. He's a massive miss for me.

17 Oct 2017 23:41:57
Hi VS. Good points again well made. Yes we need to get out of the current form. Personally, 352 with an improved Boufal could do it. But hey, who are we lol.

08 Oct 2017 20:03:46
Reckon Walcott would be great addition. ATM anything is an upgrade going forward and he terrifies defences when in form.
Never understoood why people worry about our affording player wages and initial fees. It’s not like it’s our money!

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09 Oct 2017 02:00:22
it's not our money but it's our club and I'd rather the club didn't blow money on over priced and over paid prima donna's and end up in a situation like 2009 again or worse - end up like pompey.

09 Oct 2017 13:47:34
We’ve no idea what finances are available so just have to trust the club to spend within their means. Our (tight) history of spending suggests we won’t be doing a ‘Pompey’ in a hurry.

09 Oct 2017 18:47:14
Agree with Saintysaint, and also there's the fact that if we're going to spend that kind of money and change our wage structure, I just don't think Walcott is worth doing it for. He could offer something of course, but I don't think he's a game changer. He's not much better than he was 10 years ago, which is almost unforgivable imo.

Let walcott rot at West Ham or Everton like every other over the hill top 6 player. We'll keep finding players on the rise, rather than on the way down.

10 Oct 2017 08:09:08
I agree that the club has limitations and these shouldn't be compromised; however I put on here a while back that I think Walcott would be a nice addition, while some argue he hasn't been that much better at Arsenal, remember when he played and got game time each week he was practically on the score sheet every week - something we have to consider seeing as our "goal scoring" looks epic in training and abysmal in matches. He has the confidence to run and pressurise defences, I think he is definitely worth a punt. He will do well wherever he goes I'm sure, so why don't we take advantage of it instead of West Ham (who are bloody awful) and Everton who are panic buying and spiralling into the Championship.

10 Oct 2017 13:15:51
Walcott would be a good addition. f for 5 mill and 50k a week. not 15 mill and 120k+

He's not the player he was a couple of seasons ago and he's not the player that he should have developed in to. His development was completely stunted by Wenger, same with ox, probably the same with chambers. I don't think he has he confidence to do half of what you're saying as I think the confidence has been stripped out of him by being dropped or benched or not having a secure enough place in the team.

Plus, I don't think he would actually add much different to us. He's available and he used to play for us so in some people's eyes that's enough for us t9 completely tear up our wage structure and pay over the odds for someone who is now a very average player. Can't even get in to a shocking England team. He'll go to west ham for astronomical wages and make best friends with Andy Carroll on the treatment table.

06 Dec 2017 08:45:55
If we are to bring Walcott back then let's do a Liverpool make known we are intrerested via his agent and wait until summer and get him on a free!

Otherwise it's risk I wouldn't take. Remember it will take him a while to slot back into the team effectively and we should expect a few bumps in the road before we see him firing the goals in.

Also we need to consider who we are going to drop we can't keep all players happy!

If it was me making the choices I'll start by slowly dropping Davis great guy good player but can't go on forever at almost 34 we need to think about.

Also I would sale Shane long another good guy who works hard but let's be honest this season has not been effective to play for me. so if we can get around 8 million for him then time to say thanks and good luck.

We also need to remember some of under 23's are around this age and haven't made more than 15 starts for us. So time to move a fair few of them on.

A good deal for us I think is buy some of the ENGLAND kids that won their world age group's I bet Man city wouldn't mind us taking couple as long as they have a buy back clause. That be a win win. 4thlove.

08 Oct 2017 00:37:28
The rumour is that arsenal won’t be offering Walcott a deal, so he’ll probably have to accept a drop in wages. Price is said to be 12m - 15m which may be worth a gamble. West Ham United are after him as well apparently, and will probably out bid us for wages. And he’ll probably want to stay in London.

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06 Oct 2017 14:13:58
For the right price Walcott would be a step in the right direction. Think a footballer plays best when he's happy and we got him because he actually wanted to come home and welcomed by the fans I can see him banging in goals. The difference between him and Redmond is he doesn't dance around the the box and then shoots like a fairy right at the goalkeeper. People say boufal is the answer as when he comes on shows sparks of genius, these same people forget that when he is given a whole game he only ever shows these brief sparks. I miss the likes of pelle and mane who went direct to goal, no of this silly dancing around in the midfield. Bit of a pass, little link up and go then go for the jugular!

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07 Oct 2017 12:35:09
When was the last time Boufal was given a full game though? He needs a run of games, he’s still used to French football where he had all the time in the world and if anyone would breathe near him he’d get a free kick. Get him up to speed with the prem and he’ll be quality.

Doubt Walcott will be an improvement tbh, too much ego in the lad now. Wants to be the main man up front and we can’t offer that and if we paid him what he wanted in wages (not that we could due to the FFP) what message would that send to the other players?

06 Oct 2017 08:32:31
Linked with Walcott again. Not sure if he is the answer?

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06 Oct 2017 10:05:52
Older version of redmond in my opinion.

06 Oct 2017 13:53:53
Apart from actually has a finish.

07 Oct 2017 08:38:39
It's the same old situation wages too high and Mr Goa ain't spending this season.

04 Oct 2017 19:59:54
I think when Boufal came on against Stoke he completely changed the game for us. I know a majority of the fan base dislike him but I feel he hasn’t had a good enough chance to prove what he can do.

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04 Oct 2017 21:31:47
Completely agree I think boufal has the potential to be world class but giving him 10mins game time now and again isn't going to help him reach his potential a bit like when poch came and left gaston in the bench.

05 Oct 2017 15:07:05
Totally agree with above comments, I think gaston could have developed into exactly what we need right now. Boufal is unrefined class. Needs a bit of tlc to get the gemstone shinning.

02 Oct 2017 12:50:05
Just read that the Rickie Lambert has decided to hang up his boots. Please, Please, PLEASE! Saints try and find a place for him within the club, either on the coaching roster of working with the academy kids coming through - As someone who I believe falls into the 'Legend' category, and a true lover of the club; I think he'd be a great acquisition.

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02 Oct 2017 13:51:25
Absolutely SaintBen. We have a real problem with scoring at the moment and it's mainly due to confidence belief and there is nobody better to coach them than Rickie.

02 Oct 2017 13:51:36
Agree with you on that one SaintBen1.

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!

05 Oct 2017 21:42:05
At the very least he could teach Tadic a thing or two about taking penalties!

06 Dec 2017 08:53:07
Maybe we will offer Ricky something but he'll need his qualifications first.


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