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27 Sep 2021 12:00:20
Had a bit of hope having not lost in four, but that's evaporated now. I don't necessarily think that Ralph needs to go yet, but he needs a number two to balance him out as he tries to get too clever when there's no need.

No goals in three, players already being played out of position. Classic Ralph trying to find wins when there's no creativity out there.

Perraud, Bednarek, Salisu, KWP
Armstrong, JWP, Tino, Tella/ Moi

That's the best XI I think (injuries aside) - feel Tino is a bit wasted at the back when we have a very good RB anyway, free him up further forward somewhere in midfield.

But that might be tinkering Ralph can't work out while he's busy playing a RB at LB and playing Redmond at all.


1.) 30 Sep 2021 09:40:37
I agree SaintGGsy. If Redmond and Djenepo played for Watford, Newcastle, Norwich or any of the other lower Prem league teams they would struggle to get a seat on the bench yet Ralph seems to think that they both do a good job in the starting 11 for us. Unless Ralph comes up with a winning formula over the next 6 weeks I think he'll be gone before Christmas.

2.) 30 Sep 2021 12:43:15
That is a very damning truth. Went to watch Bristol City play last weekend as I live in Bristol and he definitely wouldn’t have stood out if he had been playing in that game. He probably wouldn’t make Fulham’s bench either. It is worrying if the management cannot see something that tens of thousands of fans can.

3.) 30 Sep 2021 14:47:19
The problem is, we're a selling club. We look for young players with big potential and sign them (Redmond, Djenepo, even Elyounoussi) . We give them big contracts, they don't ever reach that potential and even get worse over time. So what happens? The large clubs won't want to buy them (like we initially hoped) . Mid-tier clubs won't buy them because they can buy better talent at the same rate. Smaller clubs won't buy them because they afford them. So they need to stay at Southampton. Of course, that doesn't mean these players need to play every match.

But I agree with both of you, neither players offer us anything going forward. They don't create enough chances. They just fill space on the pitch.

4.) 02 Oct 2021 08:43:22
It is bizarre that Ralph can not spot what is so obvious to thousands. He keeps changing the forward line, but with virtually no service coming in from midfield/ wingers, we’ll never score goals. The contribution to attack from Djenepo and Redmond is virtually zero; add in the two defensive midfielders in Romeu and JWP and there isn’t a hope in hell of one of them doing a defence splitting pass.
In fact most of our attacking impetus comes from Tino and Perraud/ KWP
As everyone is saying, playing KWP at right back and move Tino forward. But I’m guessing just like Ralph’s stubbornness over not playing Tella, he will only play Tina at right back….
Another game against a great manager and team. Their manager will change the dynamics of their team multiple times over the game; Ralph will bring in Djenepo….



09 Aug 2021 15:58:23
So it looks like given what Ralph has said this may be our squad for the season;

Forster, Perraud, Salisu, Bednarek, KWP, Romeu, JWP, Armstrong, Tella, Adams, Armstrong

Squad of McCarthy, Livramento, Stephens, Diallo, Walcott, Djenepo, Redmond, Simeu, Valery, Smallbone, ElYounoussi, Long.

Obafemi and Vestergaard look like they're going, the first XI is good, the bench is a combination of promising prospects and 'experienced' players who won't be most helpful.

That bench is definitely two players shy of some serious quality and depth, and a few first team injuries and we will struggle. But, I'll try and be hopeful!


1.) 09 Aug 2021 16:35:16
I think there may be a couple more yet - loans?

2.) 09 Aug 2021 16:58:03
After Armstrong and Broja, I think there will be a couple more signings, maybe loans. MC and LB still need cover. The Ox at MC would be great!

3.) 09 Aug 2021 17:02:00
What is the strength of the rumours of us looking at ox coming back?

4.) 09 Aug 2021 20:39:16
Don’t see Broja leaving Chelsea on loan unless they can’t get rid of Abraham. Would only leave them with 2 strikers.

5.) 10 Aug 2021 09:05:36
Broja confirmed.

6.) 10 Aug 2021 19:58:57



09 Aug 2021 09:45:20
Southampton agree free with Blackburn for Adam Armstrong. So Armstrong and Broja to replace Ings. Having Adam and Adams up top and two Armstrongs will be a laugh but I don't think this will keep us up, not by a long shot.

But of course, very, very happy to be proven wrong.


1.) 09 Aug 2021 12:29:41
SaintG . first time I’ve known you to be so disillusioned.
I know how you feel, both you and I life long Saints fans, but feeling we still don’t have direction .

But we do now have two fantastic full backs, Perraud will add so much more to the team.
So just maybe with Salisu coming up to speed, we’ll have an excellent defence.
I do worry about Redmond and Djenepo. It doesn’t matter who we have up front, if they don’t get the ball they can’t score. Redmond and Djenepo break up more of our attacks than they create!

Midfield needed bolstering big time. JWP playing way too deep to influence games.

Armstrong overlapping with KWP or Perraud will be a sight to behold!

Let’s hope Ralph has also learnt to not play players out of position. although his desire to use Djenepo as a wing back has me baffled? Djenepo has never been able to tackle and often is studs up when he does.

2.) 09 Aug 2021 13:55:35
I think Livramento can play right and left back which would avoid the need for Djenepo to fill in at LB.
Livramento looked good in 2nd half vs Bilbao, much better than Valery who went missing a few times.

3.) 09 Aug 2021 15:51:51
Sorry Rich. Tough pre-season 😅

In truth, Armstrong and Broja are apparently all but done. Perraud, Livramento, Simeu, Walcott as well.

Ings, Gunn, Lemina, Bertrand, Hoedt the main outgoings. Net £10m or so profit. It isn’t bad business at all. The only worry is there are not any terrible teams in the league, and given our longer term form, a serious scrap is well and truly on the cards.

One more really good signing - Lookman, Delaney, or maybe two more if Vestergaard goes, and it’s a good window. Deadwood and those not wanting to be here gone. We are just desperately short of goals and squad depth still, but if someone gets on a goal scoring run, I’m more than hopeful.

4.) 09 Aug 2021 15:51:51
Sorry Rich. Tough pre-season 😅

In truth, Armstrong and Broja are apparently all but done. Perraud, Livramento, Simeu, Walcott as well.

Ings, Gunn, Lemina, Bertrand, Hoedt the main outgoings. Net £10m or so profit. It isn’t bad business at all. The only worry is there are not any terrible teams in the league, and given our longer term form, a serious scrap is well and truly on the cards.

One more really good signing - Lookman, Delaney, or maybe two more if Vestergaard goes, and it’s a good window. Deadwood and those not wanting to be here gone. We are just desperately short of goals and squad depth still, but if someone gets on a goal scoring run, I’m more than hopeful.

5.) 09 Aug 2021 18:09:54
We still need some quality in attack and midfield and we’re way short of hat at the moment. We have some good players but most lack consistency and I’m staggered that we lost the only top-class player that we had to Aston Villa. I seriously hope that Hassenhutl brings in a decent tried and tested midfielder and attacker, both of whom know where the net is and can accumulate goals.

6.) 10 Aug 2021 00:06:26
Will be interesting to review our comments after 3 months. Things beginning to take shape with signings A. Armstrong and A Borja which will bring about a fresh positive energy up front assisting Che Adams and. Tella. With the young defenders bought to date Ralph is beginning to put his own personal stamp on the team for the first time since his arrival. Add a class C/ B ( when Vestergaard exits) and a quality MID, . the Pride and Passion will return and force a transformation in spirit. For the record I believe given time Adam Armstrong and Borja will quickly become fan favourites with their pace and two footed scoring ability ( Danny who)? A competent young keeper for January and we’re flying! KOM.



29 Jul 2021 11:31:46
Spurs apparently keen on Vestergaard for £25m. Snap their hand off.

I also know it isn't how we work but looking at the 'big six', apart from Kane there aren't really any out and out goal scoring centre forwards - Martial, Lacazette, Firmino, Jesus, Werner aren't exactly prolific.

I'm sure if we offered Ings around for £20-25m one of those teams would take him.

That's £50m in the bank. According to Semmens every penny goes towards transfers. That's four or five good quality players we could get in. GK, CB, FB, AM, ST.

Obviously pipe dreams but sounds like a decent plan on paper. And time, as ever, is running out this window for the club.


1.) 29 Jul 2021 12:22:23
I agree that if Vestegaard and Ings want out and we can get £25m for each of them it makes sense to move them on however your next bit where you say about bringing in 5 players with that money doesn't really add up. That only allows an average of £10m per player which I don't think would get us anyone better than we already have in any of the positions you state. If there were players available in any of those positions for £10m that are good enough to come in and improve the team surely Saints and others would already be looking at them.

2.) 29 Jul 2021 13:38:59
If Ben White is worth £50million why should either of our players you’ve mentioned be worth any less?! Saints know Spurs will have more than enough in the bank if they let Kane go so why should we settle for £25m. If they want our big stars we should stop being a push over club and hold out for more.

{Ed002's Note - It has nothing to do with Ben White.}

3.) 29 Jul 2021 15:53:22
We tend to look at players worth £10-12m. Anyone worth above £15m tends to flop or price us out and we won’t usually buy for that much so I think that estimation is reasonable. A few youngsters and then two or three more marquee signings - and we may well be looking at these players, but you know how terrible we are at recruitment!

Lookman, Maitland-Niles, Giakoumakis, Delaney would probably cost £50m in total max, plus Williams on loan. Not a bad five. That’d be the dream window.

4.) 29 Jul 2021 17:46:23
I'd be fairly happy with those 4 players for £50m plus Williams on loan but what about a new keeper.

{Ed077's Note - you could try and tempt Sergio Romero on a "free." (He might have other more attractive proposals though)}

5.) 29 Jul 2021 21:03:43
If Frase doesn’t go then Ralph definitely won’t go out and get one. West Ham just signed Areola. They have Areola AND Fabianski. We have Forster and McCarthy. I’m struggling to think of decent options for £5-8m that might be out there.

If Ramsdale is apparently £35m then we’ll be looking at another late-20s keeper as the last young english keeper we bought for potential we just sold.

Mat Ryan, Adrian, Randolph, Foster, Hart would all be improvements and probably fairly priced short term options but none are any better than Forster on a good day.

6.) 30 Jul 2021 18:12:10
I was hoping that Ralph would have gone for Areola after some of his performances for Fulham last season and the fact that PSG has about 9 or 10 keepers on their books but Ralph doesn't seem interested in any keepers which suggests that he's happy with the 2 that had poor seasons last year. Maybe he's thinking that they can't possibly be that bad 2 seasons in a row?

7.) 30 Jul 2021 18:19:31
I think that Ralph is happy with his 2 senior keepers although he doesn't seem to know which is his number 1. I think that Forster will see out the final year of his contract and hope for a decent last payday coming in next year as a free agent, possibly Celtic again or 1 of next seasons promoted championship teams.

Just hoping that Mccarthy gets his act together this coming season as he's shown at times that he can be a good keeper but lacks consistency and confidence. As it stands we have pretty much the same team as last season so I hope that Ralph can get at least 3 or 4 more players in soon otherwise I fear a poor start to the season and with our poor record from the second half of last season still fresh in the memory I'm not filled with confidence.

8.) 31 Jul 2021 00:31:10
Leicester signed Kante and Mahrez for a few mil so 10m can be plenty. There’s the Ajax keeper who’s banned for a couple months on the cheap.



18 May 2021 12:36:58
So Theo stays for two years. At least it's someone with passion, experience and a love for the club, and for £0 transfer fee.

Van Aanholt, although 30, is also available on a free transfer. Him, along with a junior full back to grow into the first team role, may be a good pairing for a couple of seasons.


1.) 21 May 2021 09:38:08
Totally agree with Van Aanholt, but rumours say he’s off to Turkey.




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05 Dec 2021 22:11:20
Willy Caballero coming in on a short term deal. Pretty tragic that we need to sign a 40-year old free agent as a PL club.

Even more tragic that he'll immediately be an improvement on the keepers we have.

But as he's without a club he will be coming in as a #FreeWilly


1.) 06 Dec 2021 07:30:44
If he starts ahead of lewis why is lewis at the club or in the bench sat

2.) 07 Dec 2021 01:14:18
Whilst most of us enjoy Hasenhuttl’s attacking style of play (for at least the first 45 mins.).It is now very apparent that he needs the support and input of a competent, knowledgeable and proven no.2 to help combat tactical change of strategy by seasoned opposition managers’ mid-stream.Failure to recognise this existing weakness could very well result in a perilous descent in our current league position leaving the possibility of replacing Ralph with the likes of Graham Potter or Patrick Viera (subject to availability)who both command respect of players and oversee balanced teams.



01 Dec 2021 21:37:18
Thought Redmond was excellent this evening, first half he was our best player. Romeu and KWP also had fine games, but Salisu stood out for me, a real presence and reminds me of VVD in his early days.

Armstrong seemed a bit lost, and Tino didn't seem to get involved a great deal. I really do think it's time to consider actually playing our best (only) LB, playing KWP in position and moving Tino up to RM, as by and large our wingers aren't the best.

Tella had a good game. I don't rmember JWP doing an awful lot - as we didn't have any dangerous set pieces, and Che took his goal well. We at least had some threat off the bench and the changes were made while they could exert some influence on the game. Think Ralph did okay tonight.

Certainly, absolutely take the point, I always will at home to Leicester from now on. But my, oh my, do we need to have a chat about the man in orange.

The first goal conceded is tame. It isn't the most powerful shot. He can probably hold it or at the very least parry it wide. As a goalkeeper at amateur level one of the first things you learn is if you can't hold a shot, make sure the ball goes anywhere but straight back into the danger zone around the penalty spot. Absolute shocker. Even in the last few minutes he comfortably gets down and parries it straight into danger. Luckily a defender was there before Vardy.

The second goal, you can see why it's gone in, but it still shouldn't be going in. It's a blasted low shot at the near post. However he is stood at his near post and the ball basically goes through his foot. If Maddison curls it into the far corner from that angle then fair play, but it's poor defending and more bad goalkeeping, and I think a better goalie - maybe not Forster as his mobility isn't great, but with the names who are potentially available - means we win tonight.

But again, absolutely take the point. Really good game, we played well. We need to and should beat Brighton at the weekend but the poor chance conversion on both sides means it'll end up being 0-0. And also congrats to Jan for breaking his curse of scoring and not being on the losing side finally!



1.) 01 Dec 2021 22:49:11
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the game.
Redmond was superb in the first half, with lots of quick passes, clever passes. He seemed to play further inside than normal and it worked. Second half he seemed to have been pushed wider, I’m guessing on instructions.
Overall I liked the way we played. As you say, awful mistake for their goal and against the run of play.

Armstrong is definitely a hindrance, awful positional play, awful distribution, shoots before looking for a pass, rarely plays any inter passing with teammates. When he went off and Ely came on, it made a huge difference to our play.

The usually defensive and slow midfield pairing of Romeu and JWP, seemed more fluent. Both pushing up, one pushing up, and more positive.

Ralph definitely seems to be learning fast.



20 Nov 2021 16:53:42
Ralph back to his old self.
Smith learned, he didn't, and the second half was atrocious, as were the substitutes.
Also, how awful was McCarthy for Christ's sake. Play Forster.


1.) 20 Nov 2021 17:31:08
It was clear that we needed to come out the second half with a different team/formation. Did we? No!
Once again the opposing manager outthought Ralph.

A tired Adams is far more beneficial to the team than a fresh Walcott - who was absolutely atrocious.

Do we need two holding midfielders against the bottom club? Absolutely not! JWP was playing so deep it was crazy! At times we had Romeu and JWP sat only feet in front of the back four! We were playing Norwich for god sake!

KWP was very hit and miss. It was crying out for Perraud’s left foot.

Armstrong seems to wander the pitch and is way too greedy!

Would like to have seen Broja and Adams upfront,
Tella come on in midfield…

The bench was strong, the wrong substitutions at the wrong time.

They pushed up on Tino, often doubling up on him. Move KWP to left back, Tino to RIght wing, Perraud left back . that is only using one sub and changes the whole dynamic of our team .

We should not be playing the same structure against a team sitting bottom. We could have won by a large margin

2.) 20 Nov 2021 17:31:10
I still think that Ralph could be gone before Christmas. He doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. Forster must be brought in after that showing from Mccarthy.

3.) 20 Nov 2021 17:37:18
Most frustratingly, a good win today and we would have gone seventh. And rather worryingly, we’ve only taken 2 points off of the current bottom three… and have Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal in our next four ????

4.) 20 Nov 2021 18:06:00
Probably rank as Ralph’s most random substitutions ever . and there’s been lots!

To repeat : you don’t need such a defensive lineup against the bottom team!

5.) 20 Nov 2021 19:18:40
We absolutely should have been 3 or 4-1 up at half time. Totally bossed it. The Norwich fans were praying for half time to come because they were being battered. They paid us far too much respect, stood off and let us play pretty tippy tappy football through the middle of the park.
Smith changed things round and all of a sudden we didn’t have time on the ball. They pushed higher and pressed and from that point we were rubbish.
McCarthy cost us 2 points which makes the need to sign a top class keeper (who can distribute) all the more pressing and sorry guys, Forster ain’t the answer.
Bringing Walcott on was laughable - he’s just a lightweight with an ego, a ridiculous hair style and a sickly smug grin. He’s an embarrassment period. So what does Tella have to do.
So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - let’s get someone in who stops picking favourites and has some tactical nouse - yeah, yeah I know he’s a nice bloke but so’s my uncle

6.) 20 Nov 2021 22:03:35
A Critical 3 Pts Lost. COMPARE THE PAIR. Both Teams have 11 Players.Both Teams are virtually injury free.One Team bottom of the League-The other 13th.Both Managers’ fielded Teams against each other in their last match just 2 weeks prior (Allbeit Norwich Managerhas since taken over a completely new Club Team within the Last Seven Days-New Players,New Player Assessments,New Gameplan,New Strategy,New Motivation/Encouragement New Training/Practice,New Team Selection). Half Time Equal 1-1.Managers’ Oppertunity to Win THE Match with Counter Instructions Team Organization/Changes/Substitutions Further Motivation/Encouragement.Dean Smith (Norwich City New Boy Takes Home The Chocolates and 3 Pts.with 2-1 Win. SAY NO MORE! SAINTS FC should URGENTLY RE CONSIDER McCarthy’s Contract Extension due to his latest Goalkeeping Blunders and recall Forster until JAN.when it will be crucial to recruit at least One of the two NEW QUALITY GOALKEEPERS required by Summer.No more points can be lost due to Goalkeeping incompetence if we hope to remain in the Premier League for Next Season.



11 Sep 2021 21:22:52
Three draws in a row away to Newcastle and home to United and West Ham is by no means a bad return. To think we've played those three games unbeaten and played well for most of the game at Everton shows hope.

Not only that but our new signings have (largely) been fantastic and as long as Ralph manages to keep the players happy, we have decent squad depth with the players we've left on the bench thus far. And Tino is already looking a £30m player. Utter class.

But still, profligate in front of goal, team selection offensively at least is still not right, but we aren't losing. We aren't winning, but we aren't losing. Thus far, Norwich, Watford and Burnley look poorer sides than us so maybe higher than 17th is on the cards!




18 Aug 2021 21:32:26
Saints have gone from 'not available for any price' to 'we will only sell JWP for around £50m'. As I've said, I'd take £40m. I think he's worth £20-25m in truth, but if Villa do come back with £35m plus add-ons, we are terrible negotiators and will probably accept it.

Again, I don't want to see him go, but I believe we would accept £35-40m at this rate. And then won't replace him.

Need a mid and a def as it stands - and a keeper - but probably only one more incoming I fear.


1.) 19 Aug 2021 17:05:17
Defence . KWP, Perraud, Tino all very good players.
Bednerek very good when he’s on the pitch! Stephens not PL standard. We bizarrely sold the best up and coming Central Defender Christoph Klarer, and now are looking at one of Klarers Austrian U21 teammates, CB Daniliuic!
Bizarre .
As for midfield…
The engine of our team needs a complete overhaul!
Correction, needs to be the best players playing! Romeu workhorse but slow.
Redmond, Djenepo no more
Build the midfield around Tella, Armstrong, Diallo.
JWP not the future if we want to play more positive, attacking, stylish football .




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30 Sep 2021 12:43:15
That is a very damning truth. Went to watch Bristol City play last weekend as I live in Bristol and he definitely wouldn’t have stood out if he had been playing in that game. He probably wouldn’t make Fulham’s bench either. It is worrying if the management cannot see something that tens of thousands of fans can.




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20 Aug 2021 16:50:06
Apparently he’s our last senior incoming this window. So an injury to a central midfielder or full back and we are screwed. And at least half a season with McCathy and Forster in goal at least, woooooop.




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17 Aug 2021 17:56:59
Yes please.




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12 Aug 2021 16:18:43
I’ve wanted Maehle for ages as well. Shame all of our Danes who wouldn’t encouraged him to join have left.




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12 Aug 2021 12:35:57
Could do but if a club puts in a good bid and he wants to leave there’s no stopping it. Give us £40m and you can have him I say. Hopefully not in this window as well though else you’ve lost the senior spine of your team in two weeks which doesn’t bode well.





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20 Nov 2021 17:37:18
Most frustratingly, a good win today and we would have gone seventh. And rather worryingly, we’ve only taken 2 points off of the current bottom three… and have Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal in our next four ????




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06 Nov 2021 09:51:33
Problem with having our best crossed playing on the left when he’s right footed. Perraud would I’m sure increase the quality, but when our two bets players are RBs that’s the problem.

However, I agree. Really good to watch, creating chances, and that’s 3 1-0 wins in four. Just need that killer instinct to go and score 2/3 when we’re on top and kill the game. But A Armstrong took his goal fantastically, Ralph reacted after 55 minutes to the Villa wave and helped kill the game. Romeu brilliant, and Norwich next. Win and we could suddenly be top half!





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31 Oct 2021 21:00:50
Looking at matches in isolation, draws with United, City, West Ham are excellent. 3 points gained. Draws with Newcastle and Burnley four points dropped. Losing to Wolves at home, and Everton and Chelsea away are realistically 3 points dropped.

We should have five wins, but when are Saints ever that clinical. We should probably have lost four or five as well, so overall it’s an okay start.

The key metric is how we did in those exact ten fixtures last season (replace Watford (2nd in Ch) with WBA (2nd bottom last year) ;

2021-22: W2 D5 L3 F09 A12 11pts
2020-21: W1 D2 L7 F13 A24 05pts

So better defensively, goals still hard to come by, but being harder to beat. Absolute minimum of four points from the next two needed, and we will be safely mid table near the end of November.




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30 Oct 2021 17:38:07
Well I’ll let Ralph off then ???? beauty of a goal from Che, but boy we don’t make winning easy on ourselves. Score more than one! But we’re now only a point behind the brilliant Brentford and Newcastle, Norwich and Leeds look poor so beat Villa and we can properly start looking up.




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30 Oct 2021 14:08:05
Lyanco, Forster, Diallo on the bench, 3 best players in the week against the league leaders. Why give them chances in cup games if they don’t get rewarded?

Also no Tella or Stu - but REDMOND STARTS. WHY!?

Obviously hopeful, we shouldn’t lose this game - shouldn’t - but that team selection genuinely baffles me.