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30 Aug 2019 20:51:15
Seems Elyounoussi is joining FF on loan at Celtic - they've already done enough for us recently 😂

If we could ship a CB out to lighten the wage bill I'd call that a pretty decent window - looking forward to seeing Boufal and Djenepo tear it up as well, both look like quality if they cement their places in the side.

Nice to see competition for attacking places in a saints side, haven't had such depth there in many yesrs.




08 Aug 2019 17:39:11
Saints have submitted a deal sheet by the 1700 deadline. come onnnn defender!

And not a clue who it is given all the media sniffing around the grounds - love how quiet we keep it!

Just hope we can get something over the line.


1.) 09 Aug 2019 06:14:29
Seems that we did :) Hope the club will announce Danso today.



05 Aug 2019 23:09:24
Only a few days to go and very little news on either ins or outs. Really can't see any more incomIngs at this point - would love another defender - but maybe a few fringe players may exit by Thursday night.

If that's the case, I can see us having an entertaining season, similar to Bournemouth - loads of goals at both ends - but maybe not enough to breach the top ten at this point.

What do we think of our prospects given how our squad seems to be shaping up?


1.) 06 Aug 2019 07:45:31
Still weak in central defence. Apart from that I think the squad looks strong. Change isn't always necessary when it comes to the team, getting them to play consistently to their best is what we need.
That said a strong experienced centre back in place would be ideal as our back ups aren't up to the challenge.

2.) 06 Aug 2019 09:23:46
Maybe we'll loan in a centre half with the option to buy? Or maybe we'll take the risk and sign one regardless of the players we want out leaving. I reckon we'll already have the player we want to be lined up as it's literally only the case of getting rid of our unwanted stock before we bring someone in, this wouldn't be a signing just for the sake of signing someone.



01 Jul 2019 15:12:13
Targett gone for £14m, Che in for £17m - Villa will be doubly happy. That's two attackers in! 2! We might even get another one!

We're definitely vulnerable at the back still, would like two signings there - reports Lemina may be off so there could be plenty of room for further investment.

Ralph also having his touch on the board restructuring - loving our pre season work already.




17 Jun 2019 23:40:50
Granted the vast majority will be absolute tosh, I'm happy with what I'm hearing generated around St Mary's this week.

Ralph seems very happy with the club, saying he's here to achieve something special with the club and not just jump ship - we seem to give him the power when it comes to footballing matters. Exactly what he should have.

Now then. Another Liverpool link! McCarthy being touted for what would probably be a few million. I'd be happy for him and Forster to go if we can get in Dragowski - I have seen a bit of him before and being behind another quality young stopper in Lafont at Fiorentina, he and Gunn would set us up nicely for several years.

Several defensive names being linked in both directions - Targett out, potentially any of Maehle, Vanheusden, Webster going the other way - all young and versatile players who Ralph could mould into starlets.

Further upfield, Okereke's name continues to be bounded about - personally don't know anything about him and being young, I feel like he may be another Obafemi on our hands. Adams links still around as well. Personally I think that's a good group of footballers to be linked with.

Realistically, if we can, get rid of Clasie, Forster, maybe McCarthy if Dragowski is in any way plausible, Austin, Reed, McQueen (I hope Targett stays), maybe Lemina to PSG if Rabiot goes.

In, I'd expect two defensive signings and at least one more attacker. The dream is Vanheusden Adams Maehle, but in all honesty I'd take any one of them if we get the right players in.

First time since the Koeman days that I'm genuinely optimistic for the season ahead! #InRalphWeTrust.





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09 Aug 2019 17:07:31
Well then what a signing! Very un-Saints to leave a deal that late but if Ralph saw the opportunity and it turns out to be a success then I'll only love him more!

We now know our squad until January at least and barring injuries I'd expect this to be our most common lineup based on 3 or 4 atb;

Gunn; Valery Bednarek Vestergaard Danso Bertrand; Hojbjerg Romeu; Ward-Prowse Adams Redmond

Gunn; Valery Bednarek Danso Bertrand; Hojbjerg Romeu; Ward-Prowse Redmond; Ings Adams

That leaves so many good good players to make impacts either by breaking into the first XI or off the bench;

McCarthy/ Forster, Cedric Yoshida Armstrong Lemina Boufal Obafemi Slattery and eventually Sims

Hoedt Stephens Long Elyounoussi and Carrillo, plus a keeper, will probably be the deadwood left we'd like to shift but if two or three of them go out on loan to La Liga / Serie A then what a total success!

Maybe a full back short but apart from that, all aboard with Ralph! Top 10 considering what the sides above us have done would be an awesome season.


1.) 10 Aug 2019 20:08:34
As I said, Stephens should be deadwood. Can’t believe that either Yoshida didn’t start instead, or we just went four at the back - I know there’s the risk with PEH being unwell but Romeu and JWP would be more than adequate in a two than having to put up with Stephens in a back three.

Even play Bertrand at CB and Cedric/ Valery full backs, just don’t play Stephens or Hoedt! I hope that Ralph has either said proud me wrong and he’s failed that test, or it’s a one game filler until Danso is ready 😬.



11 Jul 2019 16:02:55
Considering where we've been the last few seasons, I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on this season's relegation battle?

We *shouldn't* be there again, and Norwich and Villa are making some decent and shrewd signings which suggest they have learnt from Fulham last year.

Think it's between the three promoted sides, Newcastle, Palace - if they lose Zaha, Brighton and United.

United will probably just about be safe, I think Palace and Norwich will get to 40, and would be plumping for Sheffield United, Brighton and Newcastle to go at this point.


1.) 11 Jul 2019 20:49:29
Newcastle for certain
Probably Sheffield Utd
1 from palace, Norwich, Brighton Burnley and villa.
I th9nk we will come 10th.

2.) 11 Jul 2019 23:51:35
I'd settle for 10th MilkySaint and then look to sign a couple more quality players for the following season and aim for a European spot. Hoping that we get a good cup run too.



17 May 2019 17:35:20
Not going to lie. Our new kit is probably the worst I've seen in my lifetime (though I'm only 22). Think the designers are probably still living in the Hughes era. Need to get back to the 2014/ 15 style!


1.) 17 May 2019 19:24:37
Yeah all three look pretty bad in my opinion but at least the video they used to release the kit was nice.

2.) 17 May 2019 23:54:12
Away and 3rd are great. Home could do without the black bit but all 3 look better in person, not sure it deserves the hate. Definitely not as bad as the Pony ones we had or 05/ 06, 06/ 08 and 12/ 13, 13/ 14.

3.) 18 May 2019 00:20:04
I quite like the away kit tbh. I know the yellow is sentimental but the missus is more up for me getting this one! Lol.



08 May 2019 23:52:52
Not Saints-oriented but I just cannot believe what I've seen this week. As much as Tottenham get on my nerves, I can't help but be so incredibly happy for Poch. It makes me miss him even more seeing what he was like when that goal went in this evening. He was crying for goodness sake!

I hope that one day as a Saints fan I could feel that emotion - Swansea was obviously awesome a year ago and achieving promotion etc, but moments like that - the epic comebacks on the big stage - are what football, and sport, is all about.

Liverpool as well yesterday, it's bittersweet seeing so much Saints involvement in those games it's incredible - Van Dijk, Pochettino, Alderweireld, Tadic, Mane. Just phenomenal for the English game - we could have four English teams in the European finals to boot.


1.) 09 May 2019 22:54:07
We do indeed have 4 English clubs in the finals. Has to be good for English football.



21 Apr 2019 21:06:36

My mood has turned slightly after this weekend. Cardiff suddenly have three very winnable looking games in FUL a CRY h MUN a (no joke - a Cardiff side playing for its life could beat Utd the way they're headed) . Tho Palace are on a roll away from home. There's still up to 7 points on offer for them.

Brighton have, aside TOT and MCI, a few points on offer with NEW h and ARS a (also shocking, and with Europa matches to play won't have a full focus on the league) - there's potentially four points for them there.

That gives them both 38 (at absolute best I admit), so we still need a win (or 2 points considering GD) . And I don't want it going to the last day bc we saw what happened at home to Cardiff in a 'must win' game. You never know. And the problem is Watford are playing great, and Bournemouth and West Ham may well both have on days having been poor recently.

Hopefully we smash Bournemouth but they're pretty good away, Watford I'm not hoping for much and West Ham could easily be 3-0 either way. Still trust in Ralph but boy I'd love a win in the next few days.

P. S. if that 93rd minute Zohore goal doesn't go in, a point at Newcastle would've seen us mathematically safe 😬.





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13 Jun 2019 18:10:34
Only thing wider would be links to Messi or Neymar. Would be surprised if he doesn’t join a CL club come August.




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18 May 2019 15:15:47
Would love the N’Dicka rumours to come to fruition, and happy with that potential front line. If we give Boufal another go and bring in one of those wingers, plus Adams and one of those two right backs for around £60m, I’d be delighted.




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10 May 2019 21:09:19
Him and Danny would be a great pair. Also make us less of a ‘nice team’. He certainly has the ability to do well for us. £20m and I’d think about it but even then it’s pretty pricey for a forward who’s been relegated and only scored a dozen goals this season.




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05 May 2019 13:50:30
Reckon if Ralph stays another two years we’ll have our next crop of Liverpool-bound homegrown stars - Klarer, Sims, Obafemi, Valery, Smallbone etc

Forster, if Sheffield U don’t want him, I could see going to Stoke to replace Butland for £3/ 4m or maybe even Huddersfield as Lossl wants out.
Cedric shouldn’t be too hard a sell if his loan move isn’t made permanent - 10/ 12m.
Boufal I want to be given a chance, if not I reckon someone in the Netherlands or France would want to take him on for £12/ 13m.
Clasie would also be desirable in that part of the world - if not he could suit a very open Norwich side for 6/ 8m.

The rest are going to be hard - Carrillo I want to see more of, if not we’re never getting out £19m back (thanks Pellegrino), Stephens probably won’t want to drop down a league but he probably belongs at Forest or Swansea. Gallagher in a similar situation and standard.

Elyounoussi and Hoedt I pray some poor gullible sod fancies them. Leeds seem pretty bonkers, maybe they’re part of the Zidane rebuild at Real. God knows. But with that much cash and salary space - even more if Lemina wants out - there’s room for two young signings and two (CB and ST) that are a bit more wow. I am quite excited about this window - as long as we’re more noisy than Spurs this time!




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04 May 2019 16:46:59
Good call SaintySaint.

Think today was hopefully a final chance from Ralph at those who have to prove they’re worthy. So Forster, Stephens and Elyounoussi should be gone in a month.

Clearly players on holiday after a fine effort over the past few months which is understable if not incredibly frustrating to see against a not great WH side who have done the double over us.

This must surely show Ralph our need for another CB and attacker or two as well as competition for Valery. He can only do so much when we have players making stupid errors game in game out.





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10 Aug 2019 20:08:34
As I said, Stephens should be deadwood. Can’t believe that either Yoshida didn’t start instead, or we just went four at the back - I know there’s the risk with PEH being unwell but Romeu and JWP would be more than adequate in a two than having to put up with Stephens in a back three.

Even play Bertrand at CB and Cedric/ Valery full backs, just don’t play Stephens or Hoedt! I hope that Ralph has either said proud me wrong and he’s failed that test, or it’s a one game filler until Danso is ready 😬.




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11 Jul 2019 15:52:06
If Ralph is happy to blood several youngsters this season then I think we may only see one or two more signings - those mentioned above could hopefully fetch £40-50m between them which would give us £25m to spend on fees and then the spare cash on wages - feel we may well see a goalkeeper change up with Dragowski linked (I know he is excellent on FIFA career mode 😂) and the much needed CB.

Still think we are light at full back however maybe Ralph believes we have the youth to cover - I think I’ll be treating every sale of driftwood as a new signing!




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09 Jul 2019 23:08:24
Would hope to be behind no more than the top six, plus Wolves, Leicester and maybe West Ham - bottom half wouldn’t be disastrous considering our last couple of seasons but I think Ralph is looking at top 8/ 10.




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09 Jul 2019 10:27:04
For sure - after their last escapade into the top six we were hearing ‘it’ll never happen again’ (anyone breaching the far superior top six) but with that much mismanagement (plus we don’t know how Lampard’s Chelsea will go) there’s definitely potential for them to burst through again.

And let’s not forget they’ve won the league more recently than United, Arsenal or Spurs so really would a European spot be that much of a surprise 😜.




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02 Jul 2019 19:56:59
Agree, never really wanted to see Cedric go - I wouldn’t only want Valery and Ramsay as RB cover so glad to keep him. Having recited the CB RB AM ST mantra, I’m glad two have already been ticked off and the defensive cover we need (can’t recall any strong links to LB or CB recently) should be in the pipeline.

Forward players in the form of Adams, Ings, Long, Obafemi, Djenepo, Redmond, Sims, JWP I think is more than adequate - if they all stay fit (big if Danny) there’s at least 50 goals there I reckon. A young and improving CB and established LB will do me.

Can’t see the GK merry go round materialising, but if Lemina goes maybe there’ll be room for further investment in the CM, GK spots.