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03 Jan 2018 10:36:51
Any INs news, Eds? After last night's misery we definitely need at least three new players. Theo, Giroud, Sturridge, Plea?

{Ed002's Note - There is interest in Walcott.}

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03 Jan 2018 15:23:21
Fing sign him then stop mincing around he either wants to come or he doesn’t however loan only in our position how many players would we lose if we go down 6 years hard work gone for a fraction of their worth.

04 Jan 2018 14:55:00
Just read that Everton are willing to let Kevin Mirallas go. I've always been a fan - Pacey and can add some much needed creativity.

03 Jan 2018 07:12:03
Apparently Southampton are interested in Nicolas Gaitan. Any truth in this eds?

He would certainly be a great addition to the team. My only concern is that his first name is actually Osvaldo!

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, I know he was available but know nothing of interest or likelihood of Saints signing him.}

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01 Jan 2018 11:48:09
So is the fact that Bertrand has been absent lately a sign that he is on his way out?

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01 Jan 2018 14:12:17
I would think so prob Man City or perhaps Liverpool hardly be missed I don’t think Mcqueen and targett both playing well enough and buds in for 2 youngsters if he wanted to go I for one would say thankyou and good luck. Just has to be aware of lovren shaw Clyne fonte moves although I feel he prob more level headed.

01 Jan 2018 16:07:39
More a sign that he’s injured tbh.

01 Jan 2018 16:31:57
I hope you are right. Same goes for Cedric. Any news on a replacement for Van Dijk? Yoshida is way too flakey to be a long term starter.

01 Jan 2018 18:49:31
I actually think yoshida has been brilliant and deserves a lot of credit. 2 reasons first he comes in and does a job. as long as he knows his role he's actually done a good job. And secondly he doesn't strike me as the stereotypical modern day footballer. He looks like he knows he has to work hard for rewards and seems like a great character to have in and around the squad. I've got a lot of respect for Maya. and he knows what's best for the team. If Stephens and hoedt are our starting centre half a he'll be ready, willing and able to step in when needed.

01 Jan 2018 19:47:23
I agree rayzer, not only has yoshi been quite good defensively, but he has also been quite a good attacking threat, especially of set pieces. He has scored some nice goals this season and has also had some unlucky shots hit the bar. Personally I don't think we need a replacement for VVD. I assumed bringing in hoedt in the last transfer window was the replacement for when vvd goes. the money would be better off being used to strengthen our attack, and make it back into a consistent goal scoring machine. we currently have a -10 goal difference.

01 Jan 2018 20:05:27
I was saying this about pagoda over the summer that he deserves to start. I’m a bit concerned that he’s made a few mistakes this year, seems a bit slow of the mark sometimes but never for lack of trying or passion.

01 Jan 2018 20:28:17
Our defence in the spurs game was horrendous! The amount of space Kane had for his goal was embarrassing! And it often the same when we defend any set piece.

01 Jan 2018 21:24:41
Do you not feel that comes a little from the uncertainty of the central defensive pairing. also with Cedric and Bertrand out I think if we can revert to a stable solid back four I think we will look good again. I think hoedt and Stephens for me are probably the starters. I also think as I've said before confidence will come from the gk too. hopefully ff regains a bit of form or McCarthy continues with the type of performance Saturday.

01 Jan 2018 21:57:53
Hmmm. Maybe you're right. I agree with you about hoedt and Stephens starters. But my concern is that the absence of our full backs is mirroring the absence of van Dijk before his transfer was announced. Because as it currently is, our defensive line isn't good enough. At this point, I just feel that we are counting on 3 teams to continue to be worse than us.

02 Jan 2018 09:57:14
Massive game tonight we cannot afford to lose Soares with only pied as cover however if Ryan wants to move in we have both Mcqueen and targett and 35m to spend on new players so would not be the end of the world.

02 Jan 2018 11:47:27
I think both Cedric and Bertrand are both injured. I've noticed Cedirc has been away over Xmas but Bertrand was in training yesterday and seemed focussed.

02 Jan 2018 23:44:55
Hope you all share my concerns now! We are in big trouble.

01 Jan 2018 11:06:14
apparently we have been linked with a loan move for Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott.

What does anyone else think? Personally I think Theo could be good for a smaller club and also Sturridge would be a good signing for a smaller club. Once these players are 'humbled' they may find their form again. Plus the rumours state they are only loan moves, so it isn't as if we are stuck with them for a long time if they do perform badly for the club.

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01 Jan 2018 14:30:56
Sky say benteke please god no.

03 Jan 2018 22:33:38
Theo and Sturridge would make sense for all parties. Would really freshen up Saints’ frontline and add the goals and get things occurring in the final third.

Sturridge is a true finisher. Walcott hopefully has enough “end product” to be a massive star back at his old club. It’s time.

Bring in someone with that special pazzaz and plenty of Premier League experience. We can, assuming we are still in the top flight come the summer, sign a couple of names from off the radar. That magic box can be used to good effect again I’m sure

But for now, anyone in need of first team action with proper ambitions of getting in their nation’s World Cup Squad, a club like Southampton would be more than suitable. A loan with view to permanent deal (akin to that of Ryan Bertrand) would be great

So I’m dreaming a few options to sign:
Theo Walcott
Daniel Sturridge
Danny Welbeck
Danny Ings
Jack Wilshere
Ross Barkley
Chris Smalling
Joe Hart

And for the fun of it, little Phil Coutinho

Come On You Saints!

31 Dec 2017 14:46:41
Mario to Saints?
Please be so. That nutter would lift the squad and bring some much needed passion

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30 Dec 2017 22:32:17
any legs on the Balotelli rumours?

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30 Dec 2017 23:40:49
I didn't know there were any? . I've only just got jack sparrow out of my system!

31 Dec 2017 06:56:12
Not sure how true they are but apparently he followed Southampton on Twitter/ instagram and posted some cryptic stuff alluding to saints

That and some saints “itk’s” reckon we’ve made a bid.

31 Dec 2017 10:38:01
Not sure about him he differently knows where the goal is but he the man is a loose cannon. His wages would be higher than most.

31 Dec 2017 10:49:43
Would be worth a go never be a dull moment and he is back in the Italy team could be the big signing that was rumoured.

01 Jan 2018 06:16:48
Real wild card. If the price is right then I guess it makes sense, provided it’s a fairly low risk deal. Same story as studge or Walcott for me, needs to be low risk high reward.

30 Dec 2017 19:32:52
Van dijk who? in all seriousness what an absolute amazing performance from our defensive unit and all. no telling what that will do for confidence. if only Tadic had of gone down like he'd been shot when Ashley young elbowed him. wonder if he'll face retrospective.

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30 Dec 2017 19:51:05
Where did that come from, got a feeling FF has played his last game this season McCarthy did exactly what he doesn’t do commanded the area and came out of the 6 yard box with confidence. Why has it taken so long to get him between the sticks? Do you think us telling the club for ages has helped. Man U were pretty poor, Boufal and Hojbjerg were outstanding.

30 Dec 2017 20:44:11
Agree with the most of what you said, especially about Mccarthy. But I thought Boufal was pretty poor today. So many passes going straight to United players. But we defended very well today. Very tense game shouting at the TV as always though.

30 Dec 2017 22:27:21
May I say I am not in agreement with a fair few of my saint fans inregard to FF he's a great goalie that souldn't be underrated more over be valued. Yes he hasn't been at his best this season but he's committed himself to saints that would never be taken granted.

You wishful guys out there may wish he players for Liverpool in a couple of weeks time?

Personally I hate the fact we again in process of going backwards as we paid indirectly the 200 million backk to Southampton new owners.

Only another 125 million to go! I've been asking for while they invest some money to buy Eastleigh FC so it becomes just like a Barcelona B team.

It can become our Academy's wing to bring through many more youth players! This way they can share our training ground as there is no conflict of insterest and would safe costs. I hope you guys agree with me?

30 Dec 2017 23:47:36
Ff is a good keeper. He's been suffering with awful form for a year. He's lost his club and country place which isn't a decision taken lightly I'm sure. What I saw today from McCarthy us a gk commanding his area, who looked mobile and ability to get down with good decision making. I don't know whether Ff lost confidence after his injury or having a crisis of confidence but a gk instills the confidence throughout the team. Ff has caused anxiety amongst the back four.

I'm not saying McCarthy totally has sorted that today but it was great to see a goalkeeper claiming crosses and holding low shots as opposed to shoveling them away. he deserves to start again Tuesday.

30 Dec 2017 23:54:32
I disagree with almost everything you said there 4th. Some of it just makes zero sense, and he bit about FF I just don’t really understand your point. We should be grateful he’s been awful, because that way he won’t leave?

31 Dec 2017 09:55:08
Ok 123 you have your views fair play.
All I am saying he's out of form and for a while so deserved to be dropped. However, I am hoping that my follow saint fans can tamper their views to be more constructive and suport him in both good and bad times. Reaching out to a player in bad form can make a player feel better about themselves.

Please step into his shoes right now and ask yourself how would you be feeling?

Nobody sets out to have a bad day at the office but it happens to us all from time to time. Believe me FF has the ability to be a top top player when his form returns. You guys can help make the difference by giving him the support when he needs it the most. FF has committed himself to Saint for rest of his playing career that shouldn't under valued in my view.
Imagine how you would feel if you saw with own eyes the difference you made when his form returns?
I remember when he returned form injury after several months out and kept 6 clean sheet in a row and we shot up the league table because of that form.
We are suppoters So please please support him when he needs you the most.
Sing his name while he sits on the bench over the next couple of weeks he will train harder and feel better about himself because that support. Slowly his form will return because you did your job and supported him.
Believe me it's a win win. Don't be a hen pecker choose to be a supporter.

31 Dec 2017 10:27:50
Not trying to be cynical but when you say he committed his future to Saints I don’t know what you mean, if you mean he signed a contract then that is not a commitment. VVD signed a 6 year contract and then look what happened. I don’t want to run FF down too much but your point of the clean sheet business was primarily down to our top class defence at the time and if you look at his shots against and save ratio it wasn’t that impressive. FF is a fair keeper at his best but not flexible enough to play at PL level in my opinion. Don’t know why but watched McCarthy yesterday and felt confident. Might go pear shaped on Tuesday who knows but his all round ability and reading of the ball seems superior to FF on this single occasion. We’ll see what happens.

31 Dec 2017 11:59:27
That's a very human and kind view you've taken with regards to FF 4thelove. if I were to step in FF sizeable boots right now I'd feel embarrassed at being paid £70+k a week, putting in shocking performances, losing my England and saints place. I'd feel like I needed to seriously up my game, train harder, work harder, play much much better and battle to regain the trust of my manager, teammates and fans. He should have been dropped a while ago and they stuck with him. fair enough. But he has been very poor for sometime.

31 Dec 2017 12:33:18
Believe he may actually be our top earner .100 grand a week. that would make me feel a bit better about things while my beautiful girlfriend waited at home while I drove to the golf club in my sports car.

01 Jan 2018 05:33:41
Of course we’re all entitled to our views 4th.

I don’t see your point about criticisms hurting him, I highly doubt FF is reading these posts and part of his job as a professional footballer, and a well paid one like that, is to be thick skinned and deal with criticism. The media and fans pay his salary, and they have a right to openly debate his performances. So in the nicest possible way, I don’t really care how the criticism feels for him.

Bad days at the office and dips in form happen, but this has gone beyond that now. It doesn’t help that by all accounts, including one of the Eds on the site, his work ethic could be better. I’ve seen many interviews in which he blames bad luck for his poor performances, which tells me he’s not likely to turn it around quickly.

I haven’t criticised him unduly, but he needs to be dropped. Of course, if he works hard and makes himself our best option again, or is called into action due to injury, then he’ll have my support again.

Support unwaveringly during games, criticise fairly in between them. Your approach may make sound nice, but it is of little help.

01 Jan 2018 12:10:58
First off happy New years guys and girls I hope your year is filled with hope joy and love.

I like you 123 you are the ying to my yang.
you always make some sound points from an opposite side the fence.
I think it's safe to say we are all frustrated saints fans right now and have been for a few years with all the coming and goings!

We've seen and have had and still have some world class players on our books but It's unlikely we are going to win anything I'm afraid to say because we've had real chances to win something other then just pride.
Because we've had some exciting players but the club's steadbillly has been far more important then boom and bust that has happen to us other clubs in the past. meaning they chose to sale players for profit few times. Because of this players have lost faith in the clubs direction. They in turn has focus their mind to put themselves first.
This great club has been run well since we saw the back of Rupert Low.

Until we've paid back the other 125 million back to the new controlling we won't compete against the top boy's like it or not that's reality of it.

It's why I feel we should focus on buying Eastleigh Fc and being them up to league one as an academy wing So we can develop 80%
Of our first team from it and we need to be ruthless about it if each player hasn't made half a dozen first team by the time they are 21 thanwe should sod them off. This way we can complete and keep the players as we won't need to balance the books. We then keep a group of players together as they develop together it's likely they would become firm friends giving them a team spirit and unbreakable bond.

30 Dec 2017 17:22:46
Ed's any news on any potential incomings?

{Ed002's Note - I think Walcott remains possible and I expect Southampton to be one of the clubs contacted with regards to Logic Remy.}

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29 Dec 2017 11:49:33
Daniel Sturridge being linked if he stays fit he would be a good addition as he's not scared to shot.

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29 Dec 2017 15:21:35
I’m worried at the fact we’re getting linked to a lot of very injury prone players! Yes I would be happy to have Sturridge but if he stays fit! Same goes for Walcott.

30 Dec 2017 13:17:39
Instead of Walcott why not try for Zaha? Sturridge is no doubt quality but with Charlie Austin already in the team is it wise to buy another injury prone player? It could be great if they alternated injuries so one could always play but a bit risky? Your fan base seems to think changing manager is the more vital point as a genuine question what’s he feeling around the club will he be there much longer?

31 Dec 2017 12:07:30
Barnes left peg, the feeling around a lot of the fan base here is one of disillusion. even many of the more positive fans and people on this page are struggling to remain that way. The last 2 managers and few transfer windows have been poor for us. This January is absolutely vital. If we don't do good business with th vvd money then we are looking at a relegation battle. Puel I though would have been a success in the long term for us but the end of last season and frustrating displays in Europe lost him his job. This manager is a lot worse, and I think he's the first bad appointment we've made in years.

29 Dec 2017 10:13:05
All this talk of Walcott coming back here doesn't make sense, spends most of his time injured and isn't actually any better than what we have already. Other players being mentioned are interesting but what we really need is a new manager and a PL goalkeeper. I reckon a quality manager that knows the PL inside out could get the players we have operating to a much higher level. Our defence was one of the best in the league with literally most of the existing players. They are being coached poorly, in recent games none of them were staying with their man and creating huge gaps in the box which made scoring simple. Any money we spend in January needs to be spent with the knowledge of a new manager. We will not get out of our situation with MP it is just pretty obvious he is not the right man for the job.

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29 Dec 2017 11:52:21
Agree with the above I would have van gaal here he knows the league
Has contacts scouts all over Europe and would get the respect from the players
We have the money now use it on a top manager for a change and stop getting these cheap options who aren't up to it
Only stumbling block Les.

29 Dec 2017 12:23:07
Agree with original poster re. walcott and seemingly poor coaching.

diggy, I really couldn't disagree more.

a - why would Van Gaal come to us?
b - why would we want him? He'd be a short term solution since he's close to retirement and he doesn't really know the league, he's had one short spell here and it was a complete failure. His biggest criticism at Utd was how dull and uninspiring his team was, exactly the problem we have at the moment. He didn;t have the respect of players there from the sound of it, and is exactly the type of manager we should be avoiding.

We need someone to come in and change the culture in that dressing room, and Van Goal is just not that type of manager. In fact, I'd say the only criteria he fills is that you've heard of him Diggy, so let's hope the board has a more sensible approach than hiring the biggest possible name regardless of record or style.

29 Dec 2017 12:54:40
Said it a few times 123 why not get Gordon Strachan back here, there wouldn't be any chance of going through the motions with him. Straight talking manager that tells it how it is, he knows the PL and football in general back to front. Why not try him he is available and would definitely get support from the fans.

29 Dec 2017 17:35:18
The board have a more sensible approach? Really
Like the last 2 appointments have worked haven't they
Short term appointment who's stayed longer than 2 seasons in the last 10 seasons I don't think we've had anyone who has
So it's difficult to image saints having this type of luxury with the board we have
They either get sacked or move on to bigger clubs
Van gaal is a proven manager and if he could get our players motivated who knows
It just needs a big name for a change to get our players back on track.

29 Dec 2017 19:23:18
"let's hope the board has a more sensible approach" - read.

Why are you so convinced that Van Gaal is some master motivator? That's not his style at all, he's a tactician and one who seemed out of his depth/ over the hill during his little poem experience.

29 Dec 2017 19:36:57
Strachan? Van Gaal? Really? . strachan is wayyyy over the hill. I agree with 123's comments regarding van gaal out of his depth
there's not a great deal of options out there that I think would come to us. i'd take Sean dyche but I don't think he would fancy us.

We need someone who can motivate the team and, importantly, knows the premier league. A bit out there, but what about Roy Keane?

29 Dec 2017 20:50:07
To easy 123
I'd rather have tuchel but he's never going to come here
As for Roy Keane he wouldn't fit reeds requirements which are yes men tactics
Can't see us changing anything reeds running the show I'm hoping we don't get relegated but it's going to be a year where we're constantly nervous about who's winning around us leagues so tight.

29 Dec 2017 23:51:53
Strachan way over the hill? 60 years old, great experience and about 10 years younger than Hodgson, Wenger, Ferguson when he was at his best. Sometimes over the apparent hill works pretty well.

30 Dec 2017 08:51:54
I'm not just talking about age, Chris. Strachan has done nothing of note or achievement since leaving us over a decade ago. He was poor at Middlesbrough, even worse with Scotland. He's dated. Ferguson has retired, remember, Wenger should have retired by now, And if we'd appointed Roy hodgson in the summer there would have been riots lol.

At least someone like Keane is a bit younger, fresher. Still withna point to prove after both success and arguable failure too in previous jobs.

I'm just brainstorming tbh, but we can all see that we need a gaffer actually knows this league, knows how to fire up and motivate the players, has clear ideas on how to play and won't take any shit. Our last 2 managers have come in and spent half a season trying to figure out their best players/ formations etc with varying degrees of success. the difference between puel and Pellegrino is that at least the players appeared to follow puels instructions. Unless Pellegrino has told his players to "walk on the pitch like they don't care amd wander about aimlessly" it looks and feels like the players have downed tools a bit.

30 Dec 2017 11:33:58
I take your point Milky but Strachan actually did well with Scotland with a poor player base to pick from. Roy Keane has a pretty poor record as well and I would worry about punch ups in the dressing room and even maybe the boardroom as well. 😄.

30 Dec 2017 15:49:14
As a diehard scotland fan Strachan was rubbish, yes we did go on a 7 game unbeaten run but Strachan had his favourites and was very slow to bring players in.
We have players that are coming through, such as mcburnie, Oliver burke, ross mccrori, Jason cummings, jamie walker Barry mckay, scot mckenna. Under Strachan they would not get a look in.

31 Dec 2017 12:10:15
Saint Chris maybe a punch up in the dressing room would do us good. I want see some heart and passion in the players. This manager is not instilling that. And a manager not taking any rubbish from the board wouldn't be a bad thing either, considering some fans accuse MP of being a yes man to les reed.


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