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08 Jan 2022 20:14:42
We never make it easy for ourselves do we!
Good result - always good to be in the hat and hopefully we can take the momentum into Tuesday's game against Brentford.

Millertime

 

 

05 Jan 2022 09:15:15
Quite a bombshell to start the NY with - new owners and with that, raised expectations. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how this will affect the club. Early statements suggest "no revolution" and business as usual because we are a "well run club".
I am cautiously optimistic that we can expect more demands for on field performance from the hierarchy as this will affect their stated ambitions for company growth - they need Saints to be successful to enhance business profile elsewhere.
I just don't know - maybe we can become less of a selling club and hang on to our prized assets. Or maybe there will be little appreciable difference from the fans' perspective.
I would be interested to hear what people think.

Millertime

1.) 05 Jan 2022 21:39:51
I’d hope this will lead to something of a second black box revolution, being sensible in the market and no more Osvaldo or Ramirez buys. We do seem to be leaning into a method we experimented with a while back, buying fringe players off the bigger clubs, but unlike Lemina and Hojbjerg we now are looking at Chelsea and City having pinched KWP from Spurs as well.

I can’t see us hammering away at our transfer fee record, however unlike Gao, who unfortunately seemed to have his hands tied by the Chinese government once he bought us, we will hopefully now get investment, even if it is ‘just’ a few £10m each window, as opposed to having to always sell to buy. Small, sensible acquisitions, maybe £20m for the odd player who will become a future star.

The squad is in a decent place, we have a loan to pay off but given Gao bought us for £200m a few years ago and we are now worth £100m + £78m in debts, and the owners have the money, we should be looking up as there is in effect money spare to invest into the club.

Hopefully one or two buys this window, and kick on in the summer. For now we look ok - given Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich have won 4 times between them this season I think 34 is probably the mark, so a few more wins and we’ll be okay, then from summer onwards hopefully a better outlook for the club and city as a whole.

I’m glad we haven’t been Newcastled, I’d rather someone who would like to grow the club organically rather than sportswashing it.


2.) 06 Jan 2022 12:01:03
I'm very excited by the takeover, it has to be said. To be the staple in a football club investment strategy that looks to echo what Red Bull has done is a very exciting prospect. It'll take some time to implement and a lot could change by the time the project gets to where the owners want it to be.

That being said, in the short term, I think we'll be more stable as a club. Having investors that will want to invest in the club and the first team, to ensure its success and PL status will put us in a better position. For example, I don't think these guys will go down the route of what we make in the transfer market will dictate what we can spend in the transfer market. If they feel like that club needs the investment of new players to improve year on year, I'm sure they will help us out.

As you mentioned, I think we'll still look to be a "selling" club. Whereby we'll use our black-box method to look to unearth gems, who we can buy and sell for a substantial profit. However, with the direction of modern football and the inflation of transfer prices, I do think that if the club feels like they could buy the next big thing for a hirer price than what we're used to paying, then they might well pay that. So we might just see our transfer record broken.


3.) 07 Jan 2022 07:35:25
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. What a fabulous result with the Club’s takeover and future prospects therein.As per SaintGGsy recent post I tend to absolve GAO for lack of investment as the Chinese Communist Government imposed severe restrictions on any funds leaving China.However it appears the SFC now has a much brighter future and with Ramus Andersen involved at the helm which may result iin Ralph’s overall responsibilities being diluted but allowing him more time to concentrate on fine tuning the Team to achieve better results.Failure in this respect and Ralph may well be looking over his shoulder in the direction of Brentford FC.!


 

 

31 Aug 2021 12:54:18
Deadline day and not a rumour posted!
Perhaps we've done all the incoming business or is there a rabbit to be pulled out of the hat?!
Still hoping for a GK and an attack minded central midfielder although I suspect that won't be before the January sales!

Millertime

1.) 31 Aug 2021 21:00:54
Looks like we are done. Some good names still going around, McKennie, Minimino and Barclay. Any bets on Saints pulling something out of the hat late?


2.) 31 Aug 2021 23:01:42
I highly doubt it as I write at 11.01pm lol!


 

 

09 Aug 2021 20:14:54
The elephant in the room is Ralph. As I said last season, an immensely likeable man but tactically, the jury is still out. Bizarre substitutions at times, giving youngsters all of 3 or 4 mins to make an impression and that's not to mention playing people out of position.

Success for Ralph, the team and fans will be survival, a decent cup run (let's not mention the Leicester semi-final) and a squad which gain in confidence and this time next year look for a mid table plus position.
But please, let's get a keeper - everyone's saying it.

Millertime

1.) 10 Aug 2021 16:34:55
I totally agree. Sometimes I feel he is a little out of his depth. Managing a club where he has NO support from his CEO or its owners must be soul destroying, so perhaps that's why he looks a little unsure.


 

 

04 Jun 2021 15:59:18
Forgive me for not doing cartwheels over Everton announcement today that Walcott is being released. There probably is a place for Theo in our squad but a two year contract seems unnecessary - 12 months and see how we go. If he turned it down then good luck elsewhere. He will have a bit part role at best next season and if history is anything to go by, much of it will be spent on the bench or in the treatment room.
Unfortunately, most of our transfer news is dominated by potential outgoing players. Fortune favours the brave - let's get active in the market, starting with a goalkeeper!

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28 Dec 2021 12:56:15
Happy Christmas Rich and fellow posters - here's hoping for a win this afternoon.

We're up against an in form Spuds side who have a new found confidence under Conte. Their midfield looks a lot stronger now and they have far more players who pose a goal threat than us.

We are going to need to match them in midfield and for that reason I would want to see Stuart Armstrong back in because IMO he reads the game better than anyone else we have in the middle of the park.

Broja should start for sure and hopefully Tella.

Hopefully, we will make a game of it and if we can keep tight, and focus (no mistakes) we are in with a shout. We need Forster to be on top of his game today.

COYR

Millertime

1.) 28 Dec 2021 14:19:14
Miller : please now repost your thoughts after the team sheet has been announced….

So we gain 3 unexpected points at WHU and then play a very weakened team against Spurs.

Yes I agree with Tino being rested and KWP moving to right back and Perraud playing.

I have constantly criticised Ralph’s rigid use of two holding midfielders, regardless of strength of opposition; today was a day you could do with them!

This was an opportunity to get 4 or 6 points from 6.
Strange team selection ….


2.) 28 Dec 2021 18:34:58
It felt like the Great Escape and the performance should make us all feel proud. Their resolve today and at West Ham has added a bit of steel to the side - great to see.

Like most, I was shocked to see Long start but to be fair, he was probably picked for his work ethic (running the flanks) than his goal scoring prowess.

We saw the best and worst of Forster today but it would have been a travesty to have lost to a soppy goal like that, however hard he tried to throw it in his own net.

There’s something about Spuds that really winds me up…. maybe it is their arrogance and sense of entitlement, but the truth is they lack the class of the bigger and better clubs both on and off the pitch. It was their attitude which let them down, strutting and posturing as if they’re superstars - Conte must be livid.

But back to Ralph, time will tell if our faith, or lack of faith (for the most part) is justified or not. However, for the time being I would say thank you to Ralph and the team for bringing some joy and pride to us Saints fans at Christmas.

Next up, Newcastle. Would anyone care to predict the line up, although we do know that st we will be without KWP and Salisu.


3.) 28 Dec 2021 20:52:31
Having seen how much more dynamic and fast our team is without Romeu combined with three CBs, I’d love to see that formation again.
You certainly don’t need two holding midfielders against Newcastle. It was also a delight to see
JWP pushed up, instead of being around the heads of the CBs.

With Stu A and Diallo, we also had a much slicker midfield.

I’d like to see :

Forster

Tino Valery Lyanco stephens Perraud

S.Armstrong JWP Diallo

Brajo. Adams


4.) 28 Dec 2021 22:08:10
Not a bad shout that Rich. I would try and find a slot for Tella (assuming he’s fit) in the starting lineup to provide some pace, probably at the expense of Stephens or Valery but it shows the range of options available.

Feel good factor tonight!


5.) 29 Dec 2021 12:07:27
Oh yes, I forgot Tella!

Let’s see what Ralph does. I’m hoping that he doesn’t stick to his Romeu/JWP combination.
It’s certainly not needed against Newcastle.
I’m hoping he could see how much more dynamic we are with three CB’s
Not only did JWP push so much more up the pitch, but with the wing backs also pushing up, the options in midfield were many. It was actually enjoyable to watch.

It’s the dilemma: do we play two CBs and two holding midfielders… well this hasn’t been working for a long time. When we press in this shape, often Romeu and JWP are caught out of position and are too slow to get back; something the opponents have exploited for a long time.

Or play 3 CBs and JWP ahead of the them.

I would definitely play S.Armstrong, added so much.
Diallo is also very quick thinking and clever.
So do we add Tella to midfield and revert to the formation that hasn’t worked for a very long time …


 

 

26 Dec 2021 14:48:39
Redmond AND Walcott . seriously?
One light weight is bad enough, but the two together?
Oh well, getting anything from this just got harder.

Millertime

1.) 26 Dec 2021 17:37:16
It wasn’t just Walcott starting, despite adding nothing to the team, Ralph kept him on.
Yes I know we won, but same ol same ol. West Ham
Came out the second half a different team and we
didn’t change a single thing, until the 81st minute.
So yes we won, did we play any better? No
Was it to quote someone on Facebook, ‘a Ralph masterclass’? Absolutely not

KWP on the left has run it’s course, he’s being found out too often and awful positional play.

Anyway, we won .


2.) 26 Dec 2021 18:42:46
Wins can often paper over cracks and yes it was a much needed win but it was by no means an assured and authoritative performance. In fact, more than once we all but gifted them a draw courtesy of careless defending.

That said, very grateful for all 3 points but masterclass it wasn’t and I sincerely hope that Ralph doesn’t see Walcott and Redmond as the silver bullet.

Spuds on Tuesday and we will need to up our performance if we are to make it back to back wins.


3.) 26 Dec 2021 23:03:51
Happy Christmas Millertime

Salisu is the outstanding defender. Bednerek was having a great game but then started to make very basic mistakes. I honestly think he needs to rest Tino, he is looking tired. KWP left back is now not working so well. Not only is he one sided with his kicking, he’s one sided with his tackling; this is now being exploited.
Time to give Perraud a chance and move KWP to right back. Tino will pick up an injury with one tired tackle too many.
With us playing Romeu and JWP every game, it means that only 2 of Armstrong/Ely/Diallo/Tella/Redmond/Walcott/Smallbone, ever get to play. We need to be more flexible with the midfield 4.

As for Walcott, absolutely awful!

Broja different class!

We lost the ball lots today, often when we were pressing. We were lucky today, whu wasted many of their chances! Thank god

But great win!
Like to see Broja and Adams up front, both clever, string players, both way more than target men.
To pick Walcott ahead of Adams and Armstrong was insane


 

 

01 Dec 2021 23:04:36
It was a point - but not a good point. We could have bagged all 3 points with a bit more thought and a little less panic with the final ball into the box.
The highlight - that wonderful corner - from Tella - 1 -2 with JWP and following the next phase, the ball's in the back of the net.
Worse moment, correction, moments (plural) - McCarthy's inability to do the basics. He's awful - problem is though he is actually better than Forster. We absolutely need to recruit a PL quality keeper

Millertime

 

 

27 Nov 2021 11:36:04
Just read an interesting stat on Sky - we rank 3rd in PL for corners won (75 so far) hence punter is tipping us to get 4 or more this afternoon.
I've always thought we don't convert enough of these into goals and in fact are more likely to concede from a corner than score (Norwich last week).
I'm not sure what this stat tells us - maybe we have more chance of beating Liverpool on corners than goals.
Anyway, swirling winds and awful weather conditions may level things up a bit so I will happily take a draw now!

Millertime

 

 

05 Nov 2021 16:01:06
I may be in a minority here but I really don't like Friday night matches. The buzz and anticipation when you wake up on a Saturday morning (and to a lesser extent Sundays depending on fixtures) is an important part of the football weekend.
Defeat on Friday night spoils the whole weekend whereas a poor result on a Saturday will affect only one day.
Remedy is simple - win tonight boys!

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11 Jan 2022 23:49:19
I make you right Ed and absolutely, Tino is a gem. Be great to keep Broja too!

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11 Jan 2022 17:02:38
Thanks for this insight Ed. I was hoping that Dean Henderson might feature on your list, given there are rumours linking him with Saints, but I suspect there is little substance to it, more wishful thinking.
I must confess, I don’t know too much about most of the players you have listed which strikes me that in this window, we are unlikely to secure anyone who is a shoe in to the starting eleven. At best, we are looking at consolidating the squad and perhaps developing future talent.
This is where our problem is - we are not at the races when it comes to improving the starting lineup. We bring in players who do not offer much more than what we have already got. So in terms of quality on the park, the names might change but there is little prospect of improving the levels we are currently at. That is down to market forces i.e. we are not in the business of bringing in 30 million pound players or am I being glass half empty?!

Millertime

{Ed002's Note - I would likely not hold your breath over Henderson. Dean Henderson (G) Manchester United want to keep DH but he wants guarantees with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs considering their options. Newcastle may offer an immediate solution. Common sense dictates keep Henderson but I suspect the club think otherwise. Perhaps a loan again, else another hostage being held by Manchester United.

As for your second point, traditionally Southampton have done well picking up lesser know players. The scouting system in England has also been very good over the years and the youngster picked up from Chelsea have worked out well.}


 

 

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30 Dec 2021 20:51:47
Great point In the circumstances Norfolk Saint and a real tonic as we set up for Newcastle (Covid permitting).

However, not so sure on your assessment of Forster! He’s just as likely to cost us the game as he is win us the game. One top drawer save and one absolute howler which was fortuitously disallowed by Mr Taylor.

Hopefully, with a run of games his confidence and form will return but we desperately need a new GK.

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31 Aug 2021 23:01:42
I highly doubt it as I write at 11.01pm lol!

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13 Aug 2021 22:46:55
In answer to your question Pete - I’m calling 1-1. JWP pen and late equaliser. Early start in the morning but looking forward to it as never been to Goodison Park before.
Still time to get a keeper in and persuade the Ox to join us on loan.

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12 Jan 2022 12:03:59
How kind Rich - thank you!
1 mile or 250, as fans we all deserve a night like last night to rekindle the faith. We can’t possibly win every game but we can die trying and that’s what was missing for a long period. However, hope springs eternal, and it maybe that we are turning the corner. Even Redmond has put in a shift and while he wouldn’t make my starting lineup I cannot deny his recent work rate.
Wasn’t it great to see the smiles on the faces of the new chaps in the box!

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12 Jan 2022 01:11:25
What a fantastic all round performance from front to back. JWP has been phenomenal this last month or so and is so much more effective playing in a more advanced position. Mind you, that tackle at the end was out of the very top drawer - tackle of the season.
Competition for places is hitting up - Diallo had IMO his best game for the club tonight and Broja is the first attacker on the team sheet - how we need to keep him.
With Che getting on the score sheet and Adam A due a few goals it’s all looking brighter.
Tricky 3 games coming up but with confidence high, there’s every reason to be optimistic that we can kick on.
As someone who has to make a 250 mile round trip for home games it’s been a while since I felt that after glow on the journey home.
Well played tonight lads!

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28 Dec 2021 22:08:10
Not a bad shout that Rich. I would try and find a slot for Tella (assuming he’s fit) in the starting lineup to provide some pace, probably at the expense of Stephens or Valery but it shows the range of options available.

Feel good factor tonight!

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28 Dec 2021 18:34:58
It felt like the Great Escape and the performance should make us all feel proud. Their resolve today and at West Ham has added a bit of steel to the side - great to see.

Like most, I was shocked to see Long start but to be fair, he was probably picked for his work ethic (running the flanks) than his goal scoring prowess.

We saw the best and worst of Forster today but it would have been a travesty to have lost to a soppy goal like that, however hard he tried to throw it in his own net.

There’s something about Spuds that really winds me up…. maybe it is their arrogance and sense of entitlement, but the truth is they lack the class of the bigger and better clubs both on and off the pitch. It was their attitude which let them down, strutting and posturing as if they’re superstars - Conte must be livid.

But back to Ralph, time will tell if our faith, or lack of faith (for the most part) is justified or not. However, for the time being I would say thank you to Ralph and the team for bringing some joy and pride to us Saints fans at Christmas.

Next up, Newcastle. Would anyone care to predict the line up, although we do know that st we will be without KWP and Salisu.

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26 Dec 2021 18:42:46
Wins can often paper over cracks and yes it was a much needed win but it was by no means an assured and authoritative performance. In fact, more than once we all but gifted them a draw courtesy of careless defending.

That said, very grateful for all 3 points but masterclass it wasn’t and I sincerely hope that Ralph doesn’t see Walcott and Redmond as the silver bullet.

Spuds on Tuesday and we will need to up our performance if we are to make it back to back wins.

Millertime