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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!

SaintGGsy

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
Awkward…….


 

 

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.

SaintGGsy

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.
COYR.


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.

SaintGGsy

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.

SaintGGsy

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


 

 

07 Dec 2020 19:17:07
Ingsy and Redmond back on the bench, and Salisu lives! With a near fully fit squad, we finally appear to have depth with the same XI from recent games, supported by

Forster Stephens Long Diallo Salisu Ings Redmond

Tonight might be the first time we have an impact off the bench for several months!

SaintGGsy

1.) 07 Dec 2020 21:51:43
Truer words were never spoken 😂. Sign of a good side, shake off a comeback loss, not play great but still get the win. Fifth! And at home to bottom next week.

But my word, that was never, ever a penalty. If the foul is given for the tussle, it is clearly outside the box. I was all for VAR until lockdown but it is being implemented terribly and has cost Brighton what could be an important point.

We do seem to get lucky with the decision though, I believe we’re in the top few sides for benefitting the most from VAR decisions so maybe we should keep it for our sake!

#WeMarchOn.


2.) 08 Dec 2020 17:50:16
Credit definitely has to go to Vestergard. I was told by one of the U23 players that he can pass the ball with either feet to anywhere on the pitch, along the ground or over the top.
Well I watched since then and wow, can this man pass very accurately. Clearly Ralph has spotted his potential and encourages his passing anytime he likes. I’ve also noticed that V now seems to take up different positions at set pieces ie standing in more space, running onto the ball. He used to be ‘lost in the noise’ surrounded by other players. This reminds me of good ol Claus L, he scored only 2 goals in over 400 professional games, but was up for virtually every dead ball situation. I used to think, ‘get out the way’ . well Vestergard is now positioning himself superbly and the goals are flying in!


 

 

 

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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!

SaintGGsy

 

 

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.

SaintGGsy

1.) 19 Aug 2021 17:05:17
SaintG
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 .


 

 

11 Aug 2021 20:50:27
In fairness I've had a pessimistic outlook but from a practical point of view. This has probably been our best transfer window since 2015 when we signed Van Dijk, Romeu and Cedric for a combined £25m.

The wage bill must be around 300k a week lighter with Ings (didn't want to stay), Vestergaard going for £15m (didn't want to stay), Gunn (not good enough and had to bite the bullet), Lemina (deadweight) and Hoedt (deadweight) . Only negatives there are Bertrand and Sims going for nothing.

We've brought in six players who all have something to give to the first team either now or in future. Experience from Walcott, development for Simeu and Livramento, hopefully goals from Armstrong and Borja, and a long term first team player in Perraud.

And all of the above for a net profit and saving a lot on wages. We still need two players, but from perspective, it's exactly what we needed to do. Save money, cash in players while we can, and look to the future.

The only problem is we weren't in a great position at the start of the window to begin with. And the squad is still desperately thin. But maybe relegation isn't a total certainty yet 😇.

SaintGGsy

1.) 11 Aug 2021 21:34:16
It's been a smart and money saving window so far. But it's simply 1 step forward 2 steps back in my opinion.

One of our biggest problems last season was a lack of squad depth and all we've done so far is brought in replacements for the first team players we've parted ways with (Ings and Bertrand) . The only area with addressed with new is signing Livramento and hate to be pessimistic but he's only played under 23's football.

If we sell Vestergaard for £15m that simple isn't enough to get an adequate first team replacement. We've got a very tough start to the campaign and our team will take a while to get used to playing with each other.


2.) 12 Aug 2021 14:36:10
My biggest worry is still Redmond and Djenepo. I’m hoping the new guys will banish these two to not even the subs bench. Redmond will always be Redmond, not bad but simply not good enough.
Djenepo: thought I’d do some statistic hunting
Doesn’t matter who we have up front, if this is the productivity of Djenepo we’re in trouble
PL : 45 games
3 goals
2 assists
5 completed crosses (out of 30 attempts = 17%)
That’s one cross per 9 games!
1 through ball
9 yellow cards.


3.) 12 Aug 2021 16:04:42
Shocking stats! I still think Ralph sees Redmond as his No1 LW option, with Djenepo after him. RW is Armstrong, Walcott, and Mo. LWs Lookman or Sessegnon would be greatly appreciated please!


 

 

08 Aug 2021 16:00:30
So things now turning towards three incomings and one outgoing in the final three weeks.

Vestergaard I just have a feeling we may cash in on him like we have Ings if we receive a good bid this month.

Looks like the Ings money will be going towards one bigger singing and one scoop from a big club on the cheap - Broja at Chelsea, Balogun or Nketiah at Arsenal or Hoppe from Schalke.

The bigger singing now seems to be pointing towards Edouard at Celtic. Armstrong isn't happening it seems and Abraham won't consider us - sensibly.

We always seem to be interested in Nat Phillips at Liverpool - but I presume this will only be if Vestergaard goes.

All in all, it looks like we'll be in the championship next season.

SaintGGsy

1.) 08 Aug 2021 17:27:52
Don't be so negative. True Saints fans will get behind the team and support, not write us off before we have kicked a ball.

Wouldn't want you along side me in a war!

We will get a striker in, and yes Danny was a very good player when fit, but the Board made the right decision to sell and take the £30 million off the table rather than a big fat Zero at the end of the season.

Vestergarde needs to be sold for the same reason as Danny, shame, good in parts and was solid for much of last season, but the year before many Saints would have happily waved him goodbye!

So we have limitations yes, but if we could maybe sell Vestergarde to Spurs or better still, take Harry Winks and Dele Ally in part exchange, then use the £30 million from Aston Villa to purchase a striker and another Central Defender, then in my opinion we would be looking good.

Ive watched every game in the warm ups, for me

Forster - has to be No 1 Goalkeeper
Walker-Peters is a class act, he will grow into this role even more this year
Tino Liveramento - What a player we have there, he is going to a superstar.
JWP - He's going nowhere and will have an even better season
Oriol Remeu - He is solid and we always play better with him in the side
Romain Perraud - His game against Levante taels me we have a player!
Jan Bednarek - So consistant over last season, we are lucky to have him.
Jack Stephens - Solid against Levante, get behind him!
Ibrahima Diallo - expect a good season from him, only young and a good player
Mohhamed Salisu - He's coming on well, great against Levante, more to come!
Stuart Armstrong - Most underrated Saints Player, excellent.
Che Adams - Just needs to hit target more often, but improving all the time
Nathan Tella - Best player for Saints and will be massive for us, its his year!
Nathan Redmond - At times very good, other times frustrating. concentrate!
Mohamed Elyounousi - Was impressed, he's improved, let's back him.
Jan Valery - Looked a lot better against Bilbao, good back-up
Theo Walcott - 20 minutes a game back-up for me, just help the youngsters
Mousa Djenepo - 50/ 50, He's not a left back, not sure what he is?
Alex McCarthy - Not consistent, has to be No 2


Shane Long - For me, he should step down and help the youth, he's lost his pace and has been poor for too long. Doesn't make him a bad person, just age has caught up with him. Shouldn't play for us again.

Will Smallbone - let's hope we get him fit and back in the mix.

Last and not Least -Sam McQueen, i would give double my season ticket money to see him play for us, even if only a couple of games. Good luck Sam. keep going. you are on the up!


2.) 08 Aug 2021 18:05:56
Pete, I’ve said before you’re a glass half full guy but in truth, we will do well to finish top of the bottom 6 mini league. Right now, I’d take 17th spot.
I agree with SaintGGsy, by and large a championship squad with one or two bright sparks. Otherwise, bang average.
This is not about being a true Saints fan, or being in the trenches, this is about accumulative disappointment as each season our squad weakens and the quality of the youngsters isn’t good enough when compared with mid table sides.
It’s all so predictable too - 6 days to opener and scrambling around for ‘big signings’ who would probably my not get into any other PL starting line-up.
False optimism can only carry you so far (I know because I’ve been that guy) and I would be really interested to see how many points you think we will have in the bag after 4 games or indeed how many goals we will score/ concede. Both GKs are liabilities. Yes, they are capable of wonder stops but neither can do the basics such as controlling the 6 yard box or distribution. Without a better GK we are really going to struggle. One thing I will say with absolute certainty is over the course of 38 games we will concede many more than we score.
All that said, looking forward to trip up to Everton!


3.) 08 Aug 2021 20:06:12
Thanks MT, Pete I’m not a downer, I am sadly realistic. I was incredibly optimistic last season, but look at us. I appreciate the positives you’re trying to bring, but where on Earth are the goals coming from.

Since Puel came in, we have lost the plot. First the style went, then the results, and now the players. We aren’t going to get anything like Winks and Alli, we are currently struggling to sign a bottom half championship striker and our best hope looks to be an SPFL striker who will cost £20m. And the owners aren’t helping us, they just see us as an investment and they will fast be losing money at this rate.

Our defence looks good, the trouble is they are all prone to a match costing error each week and the goalkeepers won’t bail them out. As I type Willock is going to Newcastle for £20m+. The three promoted sides look no worse than us on paper. 17th is a dream.

A measure of our success recently has been big teams wanting our players and giving big money for the privilege. We then have players in the wings to bring through, rinse and repeat. Ings has gone to Villa. They should’ve been relegated 15 months ago. And no replacement.

Vestergaard will probably go to Tottenham, fine. But who else that you listed would a top five club not only want, but would improve their starting XI? Realistically, zero. Mane, Shaw, Højbjerg, Cedric, Van Dijk, Wanyama, Scheniderlin - they were the heady days but that was the peak.

Either we change tack and try and become a Palace/ Burnley, disciplined and together, or we become a Newcastle/ Brighton and throw money at players. We currently have the set up for neither. Too flaky. Too often disappear in games - two very glaring examples - and most importantly, teams will not look at a fixture versus Southampton and think ‘that’s going to be tough’.

And for the record, I’m not the most physically intimidating but with a maths degree I’m sure I’d be a decent tactician from the trenches 😉.


4.) 08 Aug 2021 22:43:36
SaintGGsy I nearly always agree with your posts and I certainly do here. I think we've gone backwards over the last couple of years and I feel that this coming season could be our last in the Premier league for some time. I've supported Saints for nearly 60 years and I've never felt this negative before. Like yourself if I was offered 17th position at the end of the coming season I would bite your hand off. I've looked at all the other teams in the league and I just can't see that there is 3 teams worse than ourselves. Obviously I hope that I'm wrong but I'm not going to hold my breath.


5.) 09 Aug 2021 12:52:53
Whilst I am generally a pessimistic Saints fan having been following for 40 years. I have faith in Ralph snd I think he has made mistakes which he is learning from. Whilst o would love us to go out and spend loads of money and bring in some big names it’s not our way. I love the signings we have made so far and whilst not personally an Adam Armstrong fan we do need more goals in the team. If we some how managed to add the Ox to our recent recruitment I would be confident of a fairly decent season. Even with Vestergarde gone . A famous quote comes to mind with “you will never win anything with Kids” . Well let’s be honest a win for us would be a mid table finish. I think we are good enough with a bit of support from our more experienced players. The only thing that does make me nervous still is the goal keeper situation. Unless Lewis has been shocking on the reserves I may be tempted to try him what is there to lose we already have keepers that flap and can’t move their feet. COYR.


6.) 12 Aug 2021 13:29:07
Im delighted with the players that have been brought in, and indeed those that have gone. We should have sold Bertrand a year or so ago, he wasn't engaged last year and was part of the problem, not the solution in my opinion. That said, he gave us a lot of good years so its sort of acceptable.

As said, Danny scored from great goals and we have to be thankful of that. Financially, we came out about even £20 million 'In" £30 million out, take his wages into consideration and as said its about even.

Vestergarde, at times average, at times excellent and occasionally had a very poor game. Could always be done by a fast player, but he was an average 6.5/ 7 out of 10, so acceptable - £18 million "in"- £15 million "out" add his wages, probably an £8 million loss.

Adam Armstrong - Have a very good feeling about him, He's not a one trick pony, can score with both feet, quick, likes a canter attack and knows where the back of the net is. £15 million on the "In" 24 years of ago, hopefully get some good years out of him.

Tino Liveramento - He is the future, my view is that he could very quickly be one of our top 5 players. Great that he has two feet, got a good physique, fast and has a football brain. Was only on 2 minutes and opened up the Bilbao defence for Theo to bang it home. More than that, he sprayed the ball around with confidence, best Saints player on the pitch!

Broja - Interestingly, my best buddy Rob Easton, said, there was an 18 year old playing for Chelsea against the Saints U18 two years ago, he said he was light years infant of anybody else on the pitch. it was him! He's robust, fast, two footed and I think could deliver say 12 goals for us this year. let's hope so.

Be interesting to see if we can pick up Nat Phillips from Liverpool to replace Vestergarde . only trouble is the defensive injuries that Liverhampton have.

So 'Come on you Saints" go a bury Everton, its been 23 years so we are due it! Man United at St Marys next week, that will be hard but 'We are Southampton" so could win 3-1, loose 1-6 but we will still look forward to that experience that has drained us all since March 2020.

Great closed season for us, cleared the decks of toss-pots, few in - few out, ready to rumble!


 

 

04 Aug 2021 21:04:18
Realistically, all things aside, Ings going for £25-30m is good business for one year left on his contract and reaching 30. Now it's down to what we do as we HAVE to get one or two strikers.

Realistic options outlined below, I may have missed some;

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn) - would cost £15-18m, championship, unproven, would he bang them in? It's a risk for that money, and we could do better for less I feel.

Divock Origi (Liverpool) - maybe £10-12m, has played in the PL, has done well when he has played but won't get game time at Liverpool. Wages may be a sticking point but if we got him and another, then yes. Maybe add Minamino in the deal for £25m all in?

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) - £25m, wants £130k wages, big issue, maybe £100k and we could grab him. No one else seems to want him except West Ham, probably the best value for money option with experience and proven goal scoring ability in the league.

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) - around £20m, we have good history with Celtic, but again a risk for the kind of money we'd have to spend.

I feel like we are going to break our transfer record this month. Was Ings at £20m. Exciting - and potentially terrifying - few weeks ahead.

SaintGGsy

1.) 04 Aug 2021 21:25:29
Werner - loan to buy. Worked with Ralph before.


2.) 04 Aug 2021 21:33:38
Patrik Schik - from Bayern 04 Lev.


3.) 04 Aug 2021 21:42:17
Embolo or Weghout?


4.) 04 Aug 2021 22:12:42
Would love to get Embolo. Still has 2 years left on his contract with Monchengladbach but they only paid £9m for him so could be available at a reasonable price.


5.) 05 Aug 2021 11:39:12
Of those Embolo is the only realistic one and even then I don’t think he’d come here, same with Schick and Weghorst. They’re in Europe and at the right end of their respective leagues and won’t be on massively higher wages here.

Latest gossip is now centred on Abraham, Sorloth, Armstrong. Only Abraham of those will do. Spend £25m. Give him 100k a week. He scores goals and will be worth £40m+ in a year if he stays fit.


6.) 05 Aug 2021 12:20:37
Let’s hope we can go all out and get Abraham in. Proven PL goal scorer and a fringe England player too.

{Ed002's Note - That is not going to happen I am afraid.}


7.) 05 Aug 2021 12:38:08
Apart from Armstrong is there anyone else we’re seriously looking to move for currently Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Southampton have asked for Abraham on loan but he won't be moving to Southampton. There was interest in Jean-Philippe Mateta but he is no longer and option. So right now Armstrong is the primary target.}


8.) 05 Aug 2021 14:17:24
One good season in the Championship and he’s our only chance? I feel we were in this space when we brought in Che. Great Championship season, but he’s taking his time to settle into the PL. Thankfully, Ings was there to take the burden. Hopefully, Armstrong can hit the ground running or Che (or Tella) can start to be the player we all believe he (they) can be.


9.) 05 Aug 2021 16:38:23
If Armstrong is the only attacker we get in we are down already.

At absolute best:
Adams 12 goals, Tella 5 goals, JWP 8 goals, Armstrong 6 goals, A Armstrong 10 goals, plus probably another 10 from defence and subs. That’s barely scraping 40. And we won’t be conceding fewer than 60 goals.


10.) 05 Aug 2021 19:42:07
I wonder if Messi would want a project? He’s suddenly available.


11.) 06 Aug 2021 19:12:21
I am surprised that a number of posts are suggesting selling Ings is good business bearing in mind age and injury. The only way that makes any sense is if we have someone with a proven PL goal scoring track record lined up and good to go.
Otherwise, we are off loading a 20 goal a season asset who could keep us in the PL and taking a punt. Staying in the PL is worth 60 odd mil a season, therefore cashing in on Ings makes no sense.


12.) 07 Aug 2021 13:59:20
Heh SaintGGsy. : you didn’t factor in OGs but I make you right!


 

 

 

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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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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.

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16 Aug 2021 22:02:14
Ralph isn’t going to change unfortunately. If he’s seen what happened so far this year, plans his sides in pre-season and sees it isn’t working in match one, and STILL doesn’t change anything, when will he ever.

He’s said the team are set up and trained to play 4-2-2-2. He says he doesn’t like a back five. Trying to work it out backwards, our best outfield players are KWP, Bednarek, Perraud, Salisu, Romeu, JWP, Adams, Armstrong, Armstrong and Livramento/ Tella. Which is probably a 4-1-3-2 or even a classic 4-4-2. We don’t have another CDM to allow JWP forward in a 4-2-3-1. If we get someone good in, maybe that’s an option.

For now, Ralph is going to make it hard for himself for absolutely no reason. KWP, Bednarek and SArmstrong played zero minutes on Saturday. Just why. They are quite literally our three best players.

United I’ll take 1-4 now. It could easily be six or so.

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15 Aug 2021 10:21:49
Armstrong, Bednarek, Tella, Forster, KWP on the bench stinks of trying to be too clever. Tino playing is fine, he was excellent, but KWP and Tella as wingers, why are you playing McCarthy, why are you playing Stephens ahead of our best centre half. Just bizarre.

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11 Aug 2021 13:33:34
Our best side - most balanced and best fitting Ralph’s 4-2-2-2 - which he said yesterday he wants to stick with and doesn’t like a back 3/ 5;

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KWP - Bednarek - Salisu - Perraud (I’m convinced Vestergaard will go)
JWP - Romeu
Armstrong - Tella (even though Ralph wants Tella playing more centrally, big season for him)
Adams - Armstrong

That team in itself is pretty okay, probably finishes 12th-14th. The main problem is what happens when we suffer any injury.

Lose Bednarek, in comes Stephens.
Lose Perraud, Ralph will probably put Djenepo there over Tino.
Lose Romeu, Diallo doesn’t quite fill the hole as yet.
Lose JWP, no replacement. Maybe SArmstrong. Need a midfielder.
Lose a wide man, Redmond and Walcott aren’t good enough as back up. Djenepo, jury’s out, Elyounoussi is a fairly unknown quantity, don’t really know how he’s been doing since returning.
Lose a forward. God help us. Broja and Long. Broja may come good, but still desperately light.

And then, there’s Ralph trying to play centre backs as full backs, wingers as strikers, defenders in midfield, etc. Keep it simple and play that XI, I think we’ll do okay until the injuries come.

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08 Aug 2021 20:06:12
Thanks MT, Pete I’m not a downer, I am sadly realistic. I was incredibly optimistic last season, but look at us. I appreciate the positives you’re trying to bring, but where on Earth are the goals coming from.

Since Puel came in, we have lost the plot. First the style went, then the results, and now the players. We aren’t going to get anything like Winks and Alli, we are currently struggling to sign a bottom half championship striker and our best hope looks to be an SPFL striker who will cost £20m. And the owners aren’t helping us, they just see us as an investment and they will fast be losing money at this rate.

Our defence looks good, the trouble is they are all prone to a match costing error each week and the goalkeepers won’t bail them out. As I type Willock is going to Newcastle for £20m+. The three promoted sides look no worse than us on paper. 17th is a dream.

A measure of our success recently has been big teams wanting our players and giving big money for the privilege. We then have players in the wings to bring through, rinse and repeat. Ings has gone to Villa. They should’ve been relegated 15 months ago. And no replacement.

Vestergaard will probably go to Tottenham, fine. But who else that you listed would a top five club not only want, but would improve their starting XI? Realistically, zero. Mane, Shaw, Højbjerg, Cedric, Van Dijk, Wanyama, Scheniderlin - they were the heady days but that was the peak.

Either we change tack and try and become a Palace/ Burnley, disciplined and together, or we become a Newcastle/ Brighton and throw money at players. We currently have the set up for neither. Too flaky. Too often disappear in games - two very glaring examples - and most importantly, teams will not look at a fixture versus Southampton and think ‘that’s going to be tough’.

And for the record, I’m not the most physically intimidating but with a maths degree I’m sure I’d be a decent tactician from the trenches 😉.

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05 Aug 2021 16:38:23
If Armstrong is the only attacker we get in we are down already.

At absolute best:
Adams 12 goals, Tella 5 goals, JWP 8 goals, Armstrong 6 goals, A Armstrong 10 goals, plus probably another 10 from defence and subs. That’s barely scraping 40. And we won’t be conceding fewer than 60 goals.

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