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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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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!


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!


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!



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.




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04 Nov 2020 20:05:55
Ingsy out for 4-6 weeks. Luckily that covers an international break. And one can look at it in one of two ways that are run of fixtures are quite kind - will we miss his goals and cost us points, or is it better he's back for the Christmas period and a tougher run.

Either way, Che will need to step up, probably Redmond or Walcott into the second ST position and we need a deputy left back as Bertrand is out for Friday and Vokins is injured.

Gonna be a bit of a makeshift back line but if JWP's right boot is still hot we should be able to cope.




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.




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05 Jan 2021 12:30:22
Extending Bertrand for another year and bringing in Williams permanently in summer I think would be decent business, I can see KWP and Williams being a great young English full back pairing who we can make superb money on in a few years.

I’d also love Theo to stay, he’s been awesome for us and Everton don’t need him and he doesn’t want to play for them. Gray would make sense on a free, gives us options and he’s the kind of player we normally improve and can make a profit on.

Veerman as a JWP backup would also be a good piece of business, but for once I don’t think major changes are needed.




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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!





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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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17 Jan 2021 17:20:22
I’d add Bednarek to that list. Or at least one of him and Jannik. Che may also become a necessity if he can become a bit more clinical as him and Danny together can be lethal.

But of course I’d hope we don’t lose 15 first team quality players over the next 3 transfer windows 🤣.




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05 Jan 2021 12:35:25
Absolutely awesome game. That and City in the summer have really brought the Poch/ Koeman feel of beating the big boys back. Not only that, but unlike the City game where we were quite lucky to keep a clean sheet, last night Liverpool didn’t look like scoring at all. And with no McCarthy, Jannik, Oriol or Che, and EIGHT academy players on the bench. And an injury to Moussa after half an hour.

Ralph at full time is what I want from our manager, total and utter dedication and genuine emotion at such a great result. I just love him and never want him to go.

Diallo looks another sensational addition. KWP was super, Stephens and Forster filling in had very little serious hard work to do, JWP and Danny’s link up for the goal was ridiculously sublime, and our wide men and kids that came off the bench really did their bit.

Valery looks like he could be a decent backup RW if needed - he certainly struggled defending in his previous run in the side.

And the first side to ever beat every single PL reigning champion at least once. Let’s go for Europe 😎.




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01 Dec 2020 21:33:12
Long seemed to throw his toys out of the pram when he wasn’t picked ahead of Che and now Walcott, I think he’s probably feeling unfairly treated but after 50+ sub appearances without a goal and nothing apart from a record breaking goal in the last couple years, I’d rather we brought on younger lads if any.

Redmond, Diallo and Djenepo/ Walcott off the bench in a fully fit squad, or a youth player if we’re in a strong position, is fine but injuries do show our susceptibility of squad depth.

Also, where on earth is Salisu!? Been over three months, not even featuring in the U21s where Diallo is at least getting minutes in a Saints side to learn and grow. Not sure what’s going on there.

Regarding Sunday, even at 2-0 we didn’t look great, we were just playing a sloppy United side who with Cavani found their attacking mojo. Shame, but expected. To not play great and nearly take something off a top six side is no mean feat. Hopefully when we reach our peak once more most sides will be there for the taking.

Brighton away, Sheff Utd at home and Arsenal away next 3 before our fixtures take a bit of a turn. Hopefully Danny will be back soon but I don’t see any reason do be accepting defeat in these 3, 5-6 points would do lovely and cement our top half hopes heading into the busy season.




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07 Nov 2020 20:05:25
Since *that* game;
Played 36. Won 18. Drawn 6. Lost 12. good +11. Were 18th, now 1st.
Only Liverpool (80), City (73), United (63), Chelsea, Wolves and Spurs (all 61) have more points than us.

Since lockdown;
City 35 points from 16 games. Saints 34 from 17. Liverpool 33 from 16. Spurs 32 from 16. We are second!

Whatever on earth Ralph tried in the Spurs game he’s clearly binned and gone back to what worked at the end of last season. No Ings, No Bertrand, no problem. Che looks on fire, Walcott looks a man reborn playing for a manager who understands him. Romeu and JWP are dynamite. Wide options everywhere. Centre back pairing on form.

We now have depth, competition and confidence, and given the way the bigger teams are faring, top seven is on the cards.

The only downside - are the fans the problem 😬 home form has massively picked up, the players look more free, maybe a whole year behind closed doors could lift us to new heights sad as it may seem.




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01 Nov 2020 21:41:17
We were unbelievable for an hour then a bit of the old Leicester bashing crept back in. Most teams would do it, 4 up, concede, look to just play the game out, and to be fair we did fine until added time when we probably thought the game was over.

A lesson learned and not at the cost of any points, and brilliant to see a team of 7 English (8 British plus another homegrown) players doing so well and flying up the table. We’ll be fifth at the end of the week and after those first two games, and several bigger clubs in disarray, let’s have a bash!

NEW, wol, MUN, bha next four - all there for the winning in my opinion!