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17 Jul 2019 08:46:41
Our current situation shows just how shocking recruitment has been in recent years. We're stuck with average players we paid too much for like Hoedt and Carillo or others with a bad attitude like Austin and Lemina.
I would have liked to see Lemina fight for his place but if he's given up would rather see him go.
Boufal has all the skill but little end product and no consistency so he'd be better off with a mid table team in a less competitive league like France or Spain.
If these 5 are on an average wage of £50k with 3 years to run we'd only save £9m if we gave them away so I can understand the club wanting fees. it's really frustrating to see them blocking recruitment when we clearly need a CB, a back up LB and maybe a creative CM.
I'm praying for some exits in the next few weeks.


1.) 17 Jul 2019 10:14:01
Unfortunately, this is the issue we're faced with. We've bought in these players and given them very good wages. Players like Carillo, Hoedt and Austin aren't good enough for the Premier League, so they'll have to take a massive pay cut to move elsewhere. Why would they? If they know they're not going to be playing football, they can just be half-arsed and get paid their money. This is one of the problems with modern-day football, the players have all of the say because you can bet if Austin was our best player and the top teams were in for him, he'd try to force a transfer out.

Surely, clubs should look to do something to stop this from happening, like a pay to play wage. If players play then they earn the big money if they don't have the right attitude then pay them a lower wage.

I do feel like the only rash transfer we've made over the past few seasons is Carillo, I just think that the rest haven't worked out as well.

2.) 26 Jul 2019 18:37:30
I share the frustration, the issue with pay as you play is players want security if injured or lose form, other clubs are already ahead of us on wages, so by having pay as you play we would be less appealing. I do feel for the club, 99% of us really wanted to sign a striker when Carrillo joined, but when it doesn’t work out we are not happy as we can’t make further signings with him on the books. That’s the issue with a panic buy, which I suspect he was and on advice from MP2.

For every mane, vvd etc there will be at least a couple Carrillo’s unfortunately. I do agree with you however, our scouting has declined in recent years. I am excited about this summers signings though!



22 Aug 2014 12:19:41
Things seem to have a bit quiet on the transfer front. I'm hoping that things are happening quietly in the background (a la Bertrand) - I'd still like a CB and a pacy winger. Micah Richards for me could also cover RB plus Redmond would complete the squad for me unless Roko has any surprises to pull out of the hat with his European connectons.


1.) 22 Aug 2014 14:49:28
Almost. TOO quiet.
in all honesty I hope you're right. bertrand took almost everyone by surprise and I hope this is the same. we are desperate for a right sided winger and a cb as our new bloke isn't going to be back for a few weeks.



15 Aug 2014 11:28:20
Every cloud has a silver lining. Pulis resigns so hopefully that will stop Corky jumping ship to Palace, sign a new contract and fight for a starting place.
One more CB and a pacy winger and I think we'll be competitive


1.) I agree, Redmond and a proven CB would be great

2.) Go for Redmond and a CB and we are nearly there. Keep Spider!

3.) Agree too, Cork should stay, especially seeing as we have had no bids come in for him. A Winger in Redmond/Lens and CB by the end of the transfer window would be good. A cover RB too in an ideal world.

4.) Redmond is perfect for us, 1 more CB and I would even go as far as saying we've had a good window




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03 Aug 2019 03:13:11
Everton have signed a DM, I don't believe any of these Lemina rumours. If he does go I think it'll be a cheap sale or loan to a European team after our deadline.




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26 Jul 2019 21:56:10
Hi Ed, are you aware of Saints tracking any players currently?
I have not seen or heard anything of any substance recently.


{Ed001's Note - I am aware that they are defo still intent on making signings, but Ed002 would be better placed to put names in.}



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15 Jun 2017 12:44:09
I wasn't keen on the style in the second half of the season but some of that was due to lack of cover for vvd forcing a more defensive MF to protect a vulnerable defence.
I would have liked to see Puel given another season with the chance to build his own team before judging him fully.
I feel sorry for him after giving us a fantastic day at Wembley and I fear what the consequences will be with all the uncertainty now surrounding the club.




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19 Aug 2016 10:01:22
I'm not suggesting fielding a youth side but what was the point last year in having Seger and Reed on the bench for every game and never giving them any game time?




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18 Aug 2016 22:19:56
I agree he had a slow start but I haven't seen anything since to suggest he can deliver in the premier league. He always looks off the pace to me, like watching a kid play against adults. I would much rather see Reed given a run of games - much as I liked Roko he rarely played youth, even in games where you could afford to give them the last 20 minutes.





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27 Aug 2015 13:14:55
Totally agree Sammie. I was impressed by Reed almost every time I saw him play last season for U21 or first team. He gets stuck in and passes better than Vic. He deserves some game time