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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.




05 Jun 2019 10:03:02
Sky Sports reporting a deal is done for Djenepo around £12-14m - seeing as £20m was being reported, that's an outstanding bit of business and I'm ecstatic about that purchase. Hopefully another Mane diamond in the rough find.

One down, three to go! COYS.


1.) 05 Jun 2019 13:21:31
Looks a promising signing, let's hope he hits the ground running ;) now please go sign Che Adams! COYR!

2.) 05 Jun 2019 14:15:57
Adams and Djenepo in, Austin, Gallagher, Boufal, and Elyounessi out.
Ings, Redmond, Adams, Long, Djenepo, Sims, Obafemi. Good enough options for me, lots of pace in that.

Get rid of Forster, one of Hoedt or Stephens, one of Targett or McQueen, Cedric, Clasie, one of Lemina or Reed, and bring in a CB and RB and I consider it a positive window. Bonus points if we can get that Polish goalkeeper in. Maybe Bednarek can give him a chat?

3.) 05 Jun 2019 14:47:42
What about our record signing in Carrillo Vick?

4.) 05 Jun 2019 15:18:12
No need to get rid of targett. He allows us to play Bertrand at cb if needs be and is very good cover as well as his long term replacement.
Think hoedt AND Stephens. Don't see the point in signing another keeper if McCarthy or forster.

5.) 05 Jun 2019 15:19:26
According to the Birmingham Mail, we've had an £8m bid rejected for Adams.

6.) 05 Jun 2019 15:32:39
I'm seriously off the fence on Carillo. He seems like a striker who plays good given the service ala Monaco but he played under MP2 and barely featured under Hughes. This season again he played for MP2 and even then his record isn't that good. He seems like a proper target man and maybe hasn't settled in England properly. I think Ralph doesn't mind a strong player in the air (Poulsen at RBL) but he really needs players committed to the high energy pressing and doing it at an above average tempo and speed of play. Which is why despite their abilities, I have doubts over Carillo, Boufal, and Elyounessi. It's crystal clear that they each have more ability than Shane Long. But the reason's Shane stands more of a chance of staying than them are almost just as obvious. Jury's out for me, but if I had to consider the good of the club, I'd say he has to go. We do have seven players (if Adams/ Lookman pull through) vying for three spots anyway without him.

7.) 05 Jun 2019 16:12:18
MilkySaint agree with most of those. Though I think if we fail to secure a CB then one of Hoedt or Stephen stays for cover unless Ralph thinks Klarer or Jones is good enough to make the step up. I don't like the notion of selling Targett either but his departure isn't unlikely given Fulham's 'reported' strong interest and the fact that we'll have three left backs when Sam McQueen returns.

8.) 05 Jun 2019 19:37:17
True Vick. let's hope we get a CB then as neither of them are good enough! Lol

I'd put targett way ahead of McQueen. Unfortunate that he got such a bad injury at Boro. maybe another loan or sell him on.

9.) 06 Jun 2019 06:34:53
Eds, can you confirm Djanepo's move to Saints about to be done?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions about timing but there will be a need to obtain a Work Permit.}



17 May 2019 23:37:59
Heard a few reports from some contacts 'in the know' regarding some growing noise around Standard Liege's Moussa Djenepo and Ademola Lookman - both pacey versatile wingers who would each cost about £20m.

Apparently movement has already begun and we could see a firm offer or even a deal being struck in the next few weeks for one of them - snapping up both is highly unlikely and Hasenhuttl would prefer Djenepo if only one were acquired.

At least we're sounding out the right areas needed for improvement if this if accurate - Adams, Maehle and a CB and I'm happy.

Also just read some reports from Liverpool that Lallana could be heading back our way? Not sure how I feel about that - 31 now and has done little in recent years due to injury - the price he'd cost I'm not sure would be good business on our part.


1.) 18 May 2019 14:12:23
No to Lallana. Doesn't fit our age policy, and bar Ings I don't think we take former players back. In a playing capacity, I mean. Djenepo rumours seem more realistic and reasonable than the Augustin and Mitrovic ones. I'd like him and Adams to join if all five of Boufal, Elyounessi, Austin, Carrilo, and Gallagher leave. Having Redmond, Sims, Adams, Ings, Obafemi, either Djenepo or Lookman, and Long to battle out for the forward slots look good enough for me. I read that we're also looking at Evan N'dicka (center back) of frankfurt although not sure how accurate that is. And the media says we're targeting either Maehle or Ranger's Tavernier for the right back slot as well.

2.) 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.



13 Apr 2019 16:51:30
Surely that's us safe now! Huge win, thought we had a chance given how low Wolves must have felt after last weekend. Eight clear of Cardiff and Brighton dropping like a stone - their match on Tuesday is a bit of a Swansea-Saints last season I feel. Given who they both have to play, they aren't both catching.

Newcastle, Watford, West Ham, Bournemouth and Huddersfield left. We'll have plenty in the bank. We aren't going down. Now let's get a good replacement for Krueger in and start getting immersed into the scouting of summer recruits. Give Ralph everything that he wants! The man is a hero.

Here's to a great 2019/ 20 season. Onwards and upwards.



1.) 14 Apr 2019 09:16:16
Hi giggsy,

Great performance from the whole team, I agree we are practically safe, let's just play out the last few games with the same spirit! I think the summer will be interesting, I am not predicting many players coming in as there are so many loan issues to be resolved. I raise a possible contentious issue, I am a great admirer of Danny Ings but I fear is he genuinely fit enough long term to commit £20m to buy him? We haven't had him fit for the whole season and I genuinely like him but we cannot afford to carry another potential injury worry. Anyone else with the same concerns? As always coyr. Regards vs.

2.) 14 Apr 2019 10:27:31
His transfer is mandatory if what I read at the time was correct, so we don't have a choice.

Either way, I'd say its worth it. He showed his quality again yesterday - players like that are hard to find. We need to find another as it is (I don't expect Austin to be here next year, or think that he should, and if Long stays it needs to be as our 3rd) .

I think a healthy Danny Ings has 20 goals in him playing in the side I saw play yesterday. There are questions over his ability to stay healthy, but I'll take that over whoever else we'd bring in, who'd likely have questions over their actual ability!

3.) 14 Apr 2019 10:44:10
I agree - he was fantastic yesterday. Hopefully Ralph can keep him fit but I think it’s an obligation to buy so we will have to see - given a long rest maybe he can fully recooperate.

No doubt that we need another RB, probably a CB, and a forward or two. We’ve already expressed interest in Maehle and Adams - hopefully those two for £15m, plus profits if we sell Clasie, Forster, maybe Lemina, and probably Boufal and Carrillo will balance the books to get in some more resources.

I think we could see some academy products begin to come through now - Klarer has been immense for the U23s (still only 19/ 20 I think), and he’s Austrian - maybe Ralph can work some magic there.

But regardless - give Ralph a ten year contract, give him as much money as you can find, let him mould his team - the groundwork has already been laid - and we can be next season’s Wolves (or a 2015/ 16 Saints if you will) - challenge for cups, give the top six teams a real go and see how far up the table we can get.

4.) 20 Apr 2019 19:17:29
Think we are still in danger. We probably need to win 1 game and draw 2 to be safe.




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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 😬.




05 Apr 2019 23:05:43
It's a cruel, cruel game. We were superb in the first half hour, deserved our lead. Long missed a sitter but I'm amazed he scored one anyway. Ralph got the tactics spot on in the first half - their goal was offside but only in the first phase (apparently VAR wouldn't have ruled that out anyway), and we were hanging on by half time.

Second half again superb, countering and pressing with high energy and pace - Redmond, Hojbjerg and Romeu were immense. Then to get caught on the counter from a corner is just sloppy - two go in for the same ball and suddenly it's 4 on 3 and Salah showed his quality with a great finish. The third just comes from turning off and trying to push the game.

Liverpool in the end showed the mettle of a championship chasing side - my dad (Liverpool fan) was incredibly relieved to see the full time whistle go and thought we deserved something.

I think we will be absolutely fine if we continue to play like that - no more games against top six sides and we're definitely going to win another game, and I can't see Cardiff winning three more. Fancy BOU H and a draw with WAT or WOL, one of whom will be coming off an FA cup semi final defeat.

Also good to see us lose such an attacking threat with only Long up top - I think Ralph will begin putting together a very good side this summer - a few quality additions will see us back to the Koeman days hopefully.

A painful night but onwards and upwards.


1.) 06 Apr 2019 09:32:29
Thought we played really well. First half hour Liverpool were scared of us. Our counter attacking was superb, with neat interchanges and speed bursting forward. We just lacked a little bit of. quality up top. Long did ok, but his first touch is obviously shocking and he should have made it 2-0 really.
In all though I can't fault us. did think it was a bit reckless leaving only Bertrand back on our corner and then sims losing the ball. Lack of experience there, he should have just shot or played it wide. Bertrand did well to hold salah up and prevent the ball to. firmino. in the end Liverpool JUST had a little more about them than us, but I am hugely impressed with how we played.
Ings back and hopefully gets a full run of games till the end of the of the season. We will be fine. Hopefully build in the summer with a few additions but not much more needed in my opinion. We need to sell more than we need to buy.

2.) 06 Apr 2019 17:18:05
Definitely think an experienced defender such as Bertie would have tried to block Salahs shot for the second goal. He was literally right there. Even his leg hairs probably would have been enough.

3.) 08 Apr 2019 14:54:40
I think it is a bit harsh to blame Bertrand for the goal. Firmino made a great run on the outside and would have been through if Bertrand had tried to tackle Salah. It was a great break from winning the ball back on the edge of their own area. one day Ralph will have us playing the same way! So much better to be going for the win in the last 10 minutes and getting caught than trying to park the bus and losing in extra time!




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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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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.




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02 Jul 2019 11:32:38
Apologies if this is a stupid question but I believe I’m right in saying Inter haven’t opted to sign Cedric permanently? So is he still in Ralph’s plans or will he be shipped out to help fund the full back we need?