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Team: Southampton

Where from: Guernsey

Favourite player: Matt Le Tissier

Best team moment: Seeing Saints promoted to PL

Interests: Cricket, Football, Golf, Rugby, Maths

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25 Sep 2020 09:52:17
Latest link is Ibrahim Sangare, Toulouse box-to-box mid, available for £7m, good things heard of him, part of a relegated side last season but so was Doucoure, but surely worth the punt.

I'll take anyone at this point.


1.) 25 Sep 2020 19:12:26
Fits the Saints policy. Only 22 years old. Quite physical and a decent tackler/ passer. Could fit nicely into Ralph's way of playing and at £7-£8 M fairly priced. I think 1 or 2 other clubs are interested. Let's hope.

2.) 26 Sep 2020 02:50:31
Looks like Sangare is off to PSV Eindhoven. Oh well, onto the next.



20 Sep 2020 10:33:23
The swap deal of Butland-Gunn is apparently back on the cards. Really not what we should be prioritising and can't say I rate Butland very highly having nearly gone down to League 1 with stoke.

Also hearing nothing on a CM in recent days. Only a couple of weeks to go. That poll where Saints fans were most optimistic for the new season isn't looking too smart anymore.


1.) 20 Sep 2020 13:49:25
Very frustrating watching Saints today. Feel Jack Stephens spends most of the game ball watching and has little or no awareness. We're suffering from having no real protection of the back 4 by a quality Defensive midfielder - Romeu is back up at best. SOLUTION: Get Salisu in for Stephens and buy a quality defensive midfielder asap.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 13:54:39
Don’t understand the reason for extending Stephens both this week and last week has shown how susceptible he is to the long ball, ball watches like there’s no tomorrow. Surely Salisu is a better option even if he’s not fully up to speed with how Saints do things. Agree with Marty that Romeu is not the answer for Hojbjerg replacement.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 12:57:59
Let’s go left field.

Salisu comes in as CB with Stephens moving to DMC. He is not too bad on the ball, he can spot a long ball and can tackle. His pace let’s him down but could do a job patrolling/ protecting the back four?

4.) 21 Sep 2020 16:03:18
I'm having trouble working out what has changed in the players minds in the last month. They were playing top 6 football at the close of last season and players like Stephens were putting in top rate performances. like that against Man City. The game is the same as are the personel yet the fizz has fizzled out.?



10 Sep 2020 23:33:20
Reading (albeit in the Mail) that American Joseph DaGrosa is in talks to buy the club for £200m. Can't say I know much of the man but if he's willing to invest in the club then why not.

Also news from Ralph today that he wants another CM, a few 'alternatives' as squad back up - I presume this includes a striker and possibly another full back, and that a keeper will be leaving.


1.) 11 Sep 2020 09:52:35
Seen this in the online papers. He's the president of Bordeaux football club and was in talks to buy Newcastle a while ago. Would love to have someone come in who would actually invest in the club. Our way of buying young players to sell on at a profit won't work for ever. We need someone who will back the manager with cash.



26 Aug 2020 14:02:33
Not that I ever thought it was realistic but McKennie looks to be headed for Juve. So a touch out of our league.

CM and FWD for.


1.) 26 Aug 2020 17:10:37
CM and FWD for me will do.

Also looks as tho Fulham are going to be signing Reed and, bizarrely, Lemina on a loan to buy - can’t quite work that one out!

2.) 26 Aug 2020 20:12:43
I can't understand why Lemina would want to go to Fulham but hopefully we can take the best part of £20M off of Fulham for him and Reed and give it to Ralph to bring in a couple of players. Still a couple more players on our books that we need to get rid of though.

3.) 26 Aug 2020 21:59:09
Loan out a keeper, Hoedt and Carrillo haven’t even been given squad numbers so hopefully they’re off and I’ll be content, bring in two more and we’re golden.

4.) 27 Aug 2020 14:38:21
Agree SaintGGsy but which keeper would you send out on loan?

5.) 27 Aug 2020 17:07:55
Angus Gun for me. Championship team to get back his mojo after ‘the game that cannot be named’.

6.) 27 Aug 2020 18:46:33
Agreed - McCarthy is our #1, Forster has been away and had a decent season with Celtic, so has earned a chance to fight for his place. Gunn has a chance, was part of a poor run for the side but is still young - if he were to make a similar move to Dean Henderson and go to a top half championship side that should be good for his development.

7.) 27 Aug 2020 21:13:05
I agree. If Forster comes back as he was when he first came to Saints I think he'll be pushing McCarthy for the No.1 spot. Gunn needs a run of games for a decent championship side to build his confidence.

8.) 27 Aug 2020 22:35:06
If Forster shows the form he had when he first joined or when he returned from injury when he kept 6 clean sheets in a row, or even the form he showed last season, then there's no doubt he'll be no. 1. On his day he's easily one of the top 5 'keepers in the league.

9.) 28 Aug 2020 09:27:06
Agreed, Fraser was one of the best keepers and an integral part of our success during RK tenure with us. His giant height allowed him to command the box and come out to collect crosses into the box with ease. I do AM has been really good for us, he's made some really important saves that have kept us in the Prem. It'll be interesting to see what happens with both of them.

10.) 31 Aug 2020 11:18:15
Anyone think we’ll get Darwin Nunez?

11.) 31 Aug 2020 16:05:32
Personally no, looks like bigger and better clubs have now started touting him so he’ll probbaly go to Serie A I’d imagine.



22 Aug 2020 20:16:38
Reports of a £16m bid made for Omar Colley, Sampdoria CB. I think another CB signing definitely opens the door to 1 or 2 being shipped off as that'd be six on the books, but major centre back moves have been needed since Fonte went and the board are finally backing a manager!


1.) 23 Aug 2020 15:00:07
I'm hoping that some of the reports of bids made are true and not just the board trying to pull the wool over fans eyes. We've seen it before at Saints with the board saying we tried to get this player or that player and we have ended up with nobody or a cheap option. I think that Ralph is the man that can take us to the next level provided that the board back him.

2.) 24 Aug 2020 08:20:22
Colley to old doesn’t fit our model.

3.) 24 Aug 2020 10:13:44
Agreed Saints0001, Colley is 28 I think so 30 in a couple of years, can't see us going for this one, no sell on value unless we got him at an absolutely ridiculous price and that isn't going to happen.




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19 Oct 2020 16:24:43
No new posts slagging the side off so it must have been a good performance at the weekend 🤪

Great to see Vestergaard and Adams - the two major question marks of our current XI - put in awesome displays and help get us a point.

Coming from 2 down at a 'top six' side and then rescuing it again in added time is a commitment to our fitness, desire and attitude, especially against the £200m worth of new attacking talent, and despite shipping 9 goals in 5 games, everyone is shipping them everywhere (Liverpool 13 and City 7 in a game less already for comparison) .

Jannik looks much stronger and physically imposing than his stature belied him last season, Romeu is now stepping up his game given the signing of Diallo, and how nice for Theo to assist the equaliser on his homecoming.

Even though no new signings are in the side yet (Theo aside due to injury) it's given us a boost and we now have first team competition everywhere except maybe at FB and ST.

Everton H next will be tough, a point would round off a good first six to the season, where 2-2-2 would represent a very Saintsy start.





08 Oct 2020 09:41:43
Not sure if this has been asked before but I'm curious about the backgrounds of us saints fans on this forum.

Roughly how many Southampton games have you watched?
What away grounds have you visited to support Saints?
First match?
Favourite match?
Any historic events you witnessed? Such as the 8-0 or Mane's hat trick
Favourite all time player?
Favourite current player?
Any fun trivia surroundings a saints player?

My list would be;
Around 40 games - only witnessed defeats to Liverpool (3) and Man United through all of those
I've been to Anfield, Wembley (neutral) Old Trafford and the Withdean
First match was Fulham (H) 0-0 in 2003/ 04
Favourite match is one of three; Carlisle (4-1) in the JPT, Walsall (3-1) to be promoted to the Championship, and Coventry (4-0) to return to the PL
Other historic games - EFL Cul final defeat to Man Utd (2-3) and the promotions/ trophy above
Favourite all time player boringly is Le Tiss
Favourite current player is Vestergaard
And a couple of bits of trivia - I have been on the St Mary's pitch twice to celebrate promotion, and have played cricket with Matt Le Tissier (I played in the same team as his son for six years)

What is your story? :)


1.) 09 Oct 2020 11:01:45
Ok here goes.
Number of games. probably 35 ish.
Not many away days, Riverside and Wembley for the JPT final.
First match - 6-3 win over Utd in 96, What a way to start.
Favorite match is the same but if I had to pick another it would be Saints V Sheff Utd win in '08 to stay in the Championship.
Other Historic games - Saints V Wimbledon at the Dell with Bridge and Pahars scoring some great goals.
Fav player other than Le Tiss. Pahars and Big Claus.
Fav current player - Has to be Ings.
Trivia - I'm a Saint living behind enemy lines in Portsmouth so that's fun.

2.) 09 Oct 2020 21:30:29
That’s an incredibly brave move! Trust you don’t have a saints bumper sticker 😬.

3.) 10 Oct 2020 08:04:24
😂 Definitely not, I'd have to replace the tires every day.

4.) 14 Oct 2020 02:28:39
I am from the USA so not really able to go to in person games at St. Mary's.

I have watched, on TV/ internet, most if not all available saints games since 2015.
Never been to an in person game but I am still young and saving to go after C.V. slows down (hopefully) next year.
First match was in '04 Saints vs Man UTD in the FA cup I believe. I Was 10 at the time! Saints have been my favorite team since.
Most historic was that 8-0 win against Sunderland.
Favorite player would be Lambert/ Mane.
No favorite current player.

5.) 17 Oct 2020 02:18:15
Hi guys now living in the usa, i first went to the dell when i was 13 watching ron davies, john mcgrath in 1968/ 9 then for the next 7-8 yrs watched as often as i could culminating in watching saints 75-76 watching every home game missing the semi final against crystal palace and watching saints beat man u 1-0 in the fa cup final seeing bobby stokes score and then going home seeing everyone waiting on the bridges on the m3 cheering the coaches.



07 Oct 2020 15:03:39
Think we should ban Armstrong from going on international duty - first his injury and now he's caught C.V. Just can't catch a break! At least with Redmond fit we have the cover on the flanks for Chelsea.




06 Oct 2020 10:06:09
I believe at the start of the window (I may be mistaken) I requested - at best - RB, CB, CM, AM. And they're all in. And to get rid of the failures. And they're all gone. Personally I think it's a 9/ 10 window.

Three young signings for £10-12m with potential, plus a bit of a sentimental but experienced low risk punt. If Walcott played through the middle, I think he could add something, whilst also doing a job out wide where needed.

In full;
Incomings: Kyle Walker-Peters (£12m), Ibrahima Diallo (£11m), Mohammed Salisu (£11m), Theo Walcott (Loan) .

Outgoings: Harrison Reed (£6m), Mario Lemina (Loan), Guido Carrillo (Free), Sofiane Boufal (Free), Wesley Hoedt (Loan), Maya Yoshida (Released), Alfie Jones (Free), Jack Rose (Free), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£15m), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Loan), Christoph Klarer (Free) .

The outgoings are worth a net loss of about £55m, so we've in effect spent £90m this window but if we could do it it was worth doing and now we have a trimmed squad of 25.

We basically have 2 of every position, are probably a fullback short, but Ralph now has the players he wants.

Going forward, this would be my set-up;

McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bertrand, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Armstrong, Ings, Adams.

Bench: Forster, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Walcott, Romeu, Redmond
Reserves: Gunn, Vokins, Tella, Smallbone, Sims, Long, Obafemi

The bench now has experience, the reserves are youth products with the potential to make the step up, and there are opportunities for U23s if they perform. Though Gunn may be loaned out to the championship so Lewis would become third choice.

With most of the top six in disarray and about eight other teams in the battle for the top ten (I think West Brom, Fulham, Burnley, Sheffield United, Brighton and Palace will probbaly be bottom six), the potential is there for us to break into the top eight if the new boys hit the ground running, but I think there will probbaly only be about 10 points between 6th and 13th.

Let's go!


1.) 06 Oct 2020 12:59:55
Great article you’ve written above there SaintsGGsy. Lots of views. Good to read

We’re all probably going to disagree on what’s good or who we want playing, but it’s still great to see people being passionate about footy.

I’m enthusiastic about the season ahead but there’s a lot of good times in the premier this season. 12th or 13th would be alright although we could get 7th or 8th if everything clicked into place with a lot of luck too.

Feel safe though.

Welcome Back Walcott. Theo! Theo! Theo!

2.) 06 Oct 2020 13:16:55
I agree mostly with your team set up SaintGGsy except I would personally have Bednarek in for Vestergaard. I just think that Bednarek is a bit more mobile and makes fewer mistakes.

3.) 06 Oct 2020 14:59:06
Tend to agree given Salisu probably isn’t the quickest - one of Bednarek and Stephens playing alongside one of Salisu and Vestergaard is a more rounded pairing. I just love Jannik 🤣

Certainly compared to week 1, our bench looks a lot stronger with attacking and defensive options available which can impact the game where needed. Hopefully after Spurs and the back-to-back clean sheets that followed, Ralph has sorted this defensive experiment and keeps Moussa in the side ahead of Redmond - I think he’s been fantastic and is that real bit of magic we need, even only for 55/ 60 minutes a game.

4.) 06 Oct 2020 16:48:25
to me finally playing Vestergaard is like a new signing in itself. I always said we need to give him a proper run in the side and I hope that will now happen. I know he has made a some big mistakes in games but I think he has (fingers crossed) got them out of his system now and understands how we play and how we play in the premier.

He wasn't wanted by Leicester and West Ham for nothing! We have made some excellent signings in this window and I cannot wait to see Diallo hit the ground running. I hear he is an aggressive player, I hope that is true, I think our team has screaming out for such a player. COYR!

5.) 06 Oct 2020 17:28:14
I don't see salisu as a starter, I think he is one for the future like Bednarek was when he first arrived. I can see Theo in for djenepo though. He scored last game but apart from that did nothing.



05 Oct 2020 11:27:56
Right then, deadline day.
A RB, CB and CM in, as needed, and one attacking option would make for a well rounded window of incomings.

We've shifted a lot of dead weight, and hopefully Hoedt, Boufal, Carrillo and Gunn will be moved on today.

News on an incoming attacker seem to be focussed on Walcott at the moment, with talk of an out and out striker going quiet.

I think he'd be similar to Redmond in terms of frustration and outputs but if he can stay fit he will definitely add something.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 14:34:31
Not sure about Walcott. Struggled to stay fit/ injury free at Everton and he's basically Redmond Mark 2. At 31 years old his best days are well behind him in my opinion.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 15:03:31
So uninspiring to sign Walcott, doesn’t fit our profile at all. Was hoping for so much more. Anyone think they’ll be anyone else? Heard Rowe from Arsenal?




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05 Oct 2020 19:17:48
What a waste of £19m! Believe we did something similar though for only about £4m on buying Vegard Forren about six years back. Never should have allowed Pellegrino get his hands in the chequebook in the first place.

Now hopefully Hoedt is back off to Lazio and Boufal back to Angers, and we should have a nicely trimmed squad. Disappointed to see Klarer go, I believe big things were tipped of him.




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02 Oct 2020 14:49:04
Diallo for €12m seems to be happening in the next few days.




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15 Sep 2020 13:04:35
And unlike that swine Danny is happy and wants to be here, and not throw his toys out the pram having been paid several million despite not playing for months. Not that I’m still bitter 🤣.




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14 Sep 2020 10:08:44
Levy wouldn’t pay the £40m+ we’d want. I would want £60m at least. And why would he knowingly go to Spurs to be bench fodder for Kane? Money. But hopefully he has more pride than that playing for his boyhood club. Hopefully.




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10 Sep 2020 18:36:42
I’d give them Hoedt and £5m just to see the back of him.





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26 Oct 2020 12:36:55
Absolutely - big question marks over Vestergaard hence why we bought Salisu - maybe that’s pushed him on but he looks £40m atm.

Diallo also now pushing Romeu who is playing well.

Long stormed down the tunnel after not getting on - the competition amongst the squad as well as camaraderie is fantastic to see.

Back four settled. 3 clean sheets in four. Goals from midfield. Arguably the best strike partnership in the league currently.

What a time to be a Saint 😇.




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25 Oct 2020 17:01:02
Not a bad prediction re Che - and I did not see that coming! Everton looked poor but we made them look bad, and they’re top! Totally convincing, secure and dominant.

And we’re fifth, only 3 points off the top and unbeaten in four league games vs Burnley, Chelsea, West Brom and Everton. Villa away next, that could be a superb tussle.




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09 Oct 2020 21:30:29
That’s an incredibly brave move! Trust you don’t have a saints bumper sticker 😬.




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06 Oct 2020 14:59:06
Tend to agree given Salisu probably isn’t the quickest - one of Bednarek and Stephens playing alongside one of Salisu and Vestergaard is a more rounded pairing. I just love Jannik 🤣

Certainly compared to week 1, our bench looks a lot stronger with attacking and defensive options available which can impact the game where needed. Hopefully after Spurs and the back-to-back clean sheets that followed, Ralph has sorted this defensive experiment and keeps Moussa in the side ahead of Redmond - I think he’s been fantastic and is that real bit of magic we need, even only for 55/ 60 minutes a game.




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04 Oct 2020 22:35:38
As a centre-back? Probably wouldn’t be any worse than the current lot.