26 Jan 2019 11:44:15
Assuming now no one coming in Jan window and assuming RH sticks with 3-4-3 which I happen to like and feel fits us well with a bit more bedding in.
Squad for next season:
Gk - McCarthy
Gk - Gunn
Gk - Lewis
LB - Targett
LB - McQueen
CB/ LB Bertrand
CB - Yoshida
CB - Vestergaard
CB - Bednarek
CB - Stephens
RB - New signing
RB - Valery
RB - Ramsey
CM - Hojberg
CM - Romeu
CM - Slattery
CM - Hesketh
F - Ings
F- Redmond
F - Armstrong
F - New signing
F- Obafemi
F - Long
F - Sims

Sold in this window or summer - Gabbi, Austin, Cédric, Davis, Hoedt, Carrillo, Boufal, Lemina, Elyounoussi, Forster, Reed, Gallagher.
Full season loan: Barnes and Johnson.

A big, but much needed clean out. Will free up a lot of funds even if we take big hits on the prices of some ie Carrillo, Boufal, Hoedt to spend big ( by saints standards) on a class striker ( Augustin? ) and RB.
If McQueen comes back from his bad injury below par, Bertie can revert to LB and spend on a CB. Some will possibly argue that we are lacking quality at CM, maybe someone brought in here but I like PEH and JWP as a future pairing with Slattery and Romeu covering.


1.) 26 Jan 2019
26 Jan 2019 12:57:17
Feel like Bertrand might go as well but agree with the rest - hope Ralph brings one loan signing back if he feels he can work for us.
If that’s the case I’d want a CB, full back, and two forwards as even with one new signing we still seem a little light if/ when Ings gets injured.

2.) 26 Jan 2019
26 Jan 2019 20:39:27
I'm not sure I'm ready to give up on Lemina. It all depends what RH sees in training though. Last few games he's played for us, Lemina has looked well short of the intensity/ fitness I'd expect, but if RH does think he can get through to him, then he's the type of player that'll take us to another level.

PEH, JWP and Lemina, all motivated and not suspended (cheap dig at PEH! ), is a midfield 3 that can take us places sitting between a strong back 4 and 3 pacey attackers.

3.) 26 Jan 2019
26 Jan 2019 21:47:42
Yeah my concern is that Lemina looks like he’s already checked out. I agree that if RH can get him fit/ motivated he could play a big part, but we could get 25-30 mill for a player who let's be honest has shown flashes of brilliance but mainly been underwhelming.

4.) 27 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019 13:51:50
Suffering from stomach strains for much of his time with us which is a painful injury to play through. On his day he is a top class performer and he is still young, Hassenhuttl will get him right or he’ll go.