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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.


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!


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.




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13 Jul 2021 18:15:04
IIRC we were the most optimistic fans ahead of the last season. Looking at all PL transfer movements I already feel like we are one of the three weakest teams along with Palace and Watford (currently) .

The following are PL players available on a free currently and are looking for clubs (yes wages will be an issue and ages won't entice us but these are players that would definitely improve our squad and would cost £0 in transfer fees) ;

David Luiz (CB), Emiliano Marcondes (AM), Jose Izquierdo (AM/ FW), Robbie Brady (LM), Willy Caballero (GK), Izzy Brown (CM), Jamal Blackman (GK), Gary Cahill (CB), Nathaniel Clyne (RB), Wayne Hennessey (GK), Mamadou Sakho (CB), Patrick van Aanholt (LB), Yannick Bolasie (AM), Ezgjan Alioski (LB), Christian Fuchs (LB), Paolo Gazzaniga (GK), Fabian Balbuena (CB) .

I don't see us being linked with anyone here or anyone in particular except for a young full back on loan from a top six club, plus a joke post online from Pelle. That seems to be the extent of things currently.

If we were to sell Ings and Vestergaard to the usual suspects (I would sell Ings now as we could really do with the money given the state of our owners) we could raise up to £60m. That's a good 4-6 players we could strengthen with. Obviously there is time to go but with what Ralph has said regarding rotating keepers, shipping out promising youngsters and not getting a great deal of things moving early in the summer, I'm losing a bit of faith with him.

Teams we should be not only competing with but better than have made the following signings ALREADY;

Leeds - Harrison, Firpo
Norwich - Rashica, Lees-Melou, Gilmour
Watford - Rose, Dennis, King
Wolves - Trincao

Outside the top 8 ('Big Six', Leicester, Everton) we should be challenging for that top half finish, but based on how the end of the season went we are probably now below Newcastle and Norwich, and way behind the likes of Leeds, Villa and West Ham. Which is a real shame.

Burnley, Brighton, Watford, Brentford, Palace and Wolves are probably going to be out competitors this season. No I don't have high hopes. How could you tell 😅.




17 Jun 2021 19:56:07
Hoedt is finally off our books. I'm guessing we have paid them to take him but it'll do.


1.) 25 Jun 2021 07:29:13
I can sympathise with Saints dragging their feet in the market due to expenditures pushed onto next seasons accounts plus a possible half million savings in new wages. Sorry to see Gunn moved on (I believe he was the best of the 3)Always made the scapegoat for the 9-0 thrashing) How times have changed since Saints hammered Wolves 9-3 at the Dell and responded shortly after by signing Wolves keeper ( Dave Mclaren)! Ralph deserves his ‘clean slate ‘but will be judged on his success by the performance of ‘team building with new acquisitions. Good Luck!



06 Jun 2021 16:52:27
Kolasinac, Van Aanholt, Fuchs are all experienced PL players aged 30 and below who are available on frees, I see absolutely zero harm in drafting one of these in on a 12-24 month contract, considering we have ZERO left backs on our books.


1.) 06 Jun 2021 21:44:40
Correction: Fuchs is in fact 35. Dunno why I thought he wasn’t in his 30s 😅.



24 May 2021 21:01:10
My end of season debrief;

League performance: 15th. Failure. We were top for Christ's sake. Whose fault is it? Everyone is to blame. Players not performing, poor tactics from the manager at times, and not enough investment from the owners. 3/ 10

Cup performance: one semi-final, one second round exit. I would've taken that, if our performance against Leicester hadn't been the most defeatist, tamest, most pathetic performance in years. That can only lie in the hands of the players and manager for not getting up enough for an FA Cup semi final. 4/ 10

Transfer windows: Walcott (loan), Minamino (loan), Diallo, Salisu, Walker-Peters. Given the lack of funds, a fairly smart season in the windows. Smart loans, investing in youth, but still not addressing the two major problem areas of a goal scorer and a goal keeper. 6/ 10

The board: well our black box magic is gone, unesrthening hidden gems seems to be less of an ability compared to clubs who have gotten smarter and leapfrogged us - Leicester, Wolves, Brighton, Leeds. We can't be a self-run club if we can't buy several players cheap and sell high. Gao doesn't care about us and I'd like the club to be sold. 2/ 10

The management: Ralph is clearly a man with a plan. He just doesn't have a plan B, and doesn't have the squad to do what he wants. I don't want him to go, but if he doesn't get the support and backing required, it's probably best he goes. Who would replace him? Who on Earth knows. But the slide we are currently on is disturbing. 3/ 10

The team;

GKs: McCarthy 2/ 10. Forster 4/ 10. Both been poor. Really been disappointed in McCarthy this season and his time is surely up. Forster has done okay and found decent form, it was great to see him back, but he also isn't up to scratch at this level any more. Sell both and Gunn for £10m combined. Buy a GK for £10-12m and a young goalie to shadow him and gain experience for a few million. Net spend: nil

CBs: Bednarek 4/ 10. Vestergaard 5/ 10. Salisu 6/ 10. Stephens 3/ 10. Jan has been okay but form has fallen away badly in the last few months (haven't they all? ) . Jannik was a beast for three months then looked like a basketball player trying to play football towards the end. But the ability is there. Salisu looks like a good signing and I would like to see him become a starting CB next season. Stephens. Just not good enough. Sell please. Replace him with a young CB to mould. Net spend: a few million

FBs: Bertrand 2/ 10. Walker-Peters 8/ 10. Bertrand seemed to completely lose interest towards the end. A few years ago I'd have been gutted to see him leave but not now. KWP. What a signing. Keep him here for a decade. We obviously need more cover here. Sign 2/ 3. One LB, one versatile, or 2 LB and RB. Net spend will be near £20m to get one/ two quality and a squad player.

CMs: Diallo 4/ 10. Romeu 6/ 10. Ward-Prowse 6/ 10. Armstrong 7/ 10. Diallo has had a few super games but also has looked like a non-league player at times. Give him another year to properly judge him. Romeu we seemed to miss when he was injured, provides balance in the middle of the park and shields the defence well. But he is nearing 30. Ward-Prowse, apart from being very good at kicking a static ball, doesn't offer enough when the ball is in play. Needs to develop his game and add a Gerrard dimension. Armstrong, apart from maybe adding a few more goals to his game, is probably our best player (certainly my favourite) . We need more, dynamic options in here. One good player could solve that for £10-15m.

AMs: Redmond 2/ 10. Djenepo 2/ 10. Minamino 6/ 10. Walcott 5/ 10. Redmond had two good games and looked world class. So acted like he was Messi. Pleaseeeee sell. A desperate promoted team will take him for £10m in January I'm sure. I don't think Djenepo did anything this season. Who knows what his future holds. Minamino and Walcott certainly added to the side in periods. Minamino would certainly improve the side if he stayed but I don't think he will. Walcott will hopefully help the younger players in the squad, but as a bit-part player. Sell Redmond, buy an attacker. Net spend £10m.

STs: Ings 7/ 10. Adams 5/ 10. N'Lundulu 3/ 10. Tella 6/ 10. Danny does look like he may be being sucked away. Spurs could do with him. We could cash in for £40m+, BUT how poor a team are we without him? BUT what could we do with that cash. Not buy another 20+ a season striker unless we found a gem. Che, is improving, still needs time but definitely stays. N'Lundulu hasn't done much in the time he's been given, still on the fence. Tella looks super, a bit more experience and he could be a future superstar. Need a goal scorer. I can see Danny going this summer though. Net spend -£20m if we replace him with two forwards.

On the plus side. We aren't in administration. We're still in the premier league. Portsmouth are still in league one. We have several good players. We have a foundation. We just need to build upon it. Currently the sandcastle is standing but it's crumbling and the tide is coming in.

What I outlined above is a net spend of around £25m, selling 5 and buying 10. We won't buy ten. We will buy 2 centre backs. Realistically we could do this intelligently for relatively low outlay, and target top 10 next season.

I would take 17th next season sadly. But hopefully there will be positives and hope to take into August.


1.) 26 May 2021 15:10:51
I can't disagree with most of what you say SaintGGsy. Ralph's idea of rotating the keepers is madness. We definitely need at least 2 full backs if not 3. We can't have JWP filling in at RB if KWP gets injured or suspended. I hope that Oriel comes back even stronger next season as the defence has looked lost without his protection in front of them. I don't see the point of keeping Redmond or Djenepo, we can't keep playing them hoping that one of them will play 1 or 2 blinders per season. Obviously hoping that Danny stays and I think that Che will come good next season. Tella could be top class given time. I think that JWP and Armstrong will be better with Oriel back giving them a bit more freedom to play forward instead of sideways. As for central defence I think that Salisu is a very good prospect but Bednarek and Vestegaard both had less than average seasons but I don't think there are going to be many affordable central defenders out there this summer to replace either of them. Stephens has had his day and hopefully a championship club will take him off our hands. I don't know if it will be possible to reintegrate Lemina back into the squad provided his attitude has improved but on the form he showed at Fulham he could do a job for us. I'm keeping my hopes for next season under wraps until I see what business we do during the summer but I think that we will struggle unless a fairly major overhaul happens.



30 Apr 2021 20:42:17
At time of writing its 0-0 after 38 minutes.

Vestergaard touches the ball poorly, but recovers to win the ball. It is irrelevant that his touch probably allows Vardy a shot regardless. He tackles for the ball, and wins the ball.

Much like several red cards recently, I don't understand how these decisions are agreed by referee and VAR as being an illegal tackle to stop an obvious goal scoring opportunity.


Cannot stand how VAR are interpreting these laws. It's a disgrace. What is Jannik supposed to do, let Vardy through? He plays the ball, he follows through. It's raining. He's going to slide. Vardy makes an absolute meal of it. Shocking.

I did have flashbacks but I don't think another 9-0 can happen at this point. We're playing quite well, just a shame for Tella to be the one to make way.

Will take 0-3 and run at this point.





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23 Jul 2021 20:03:22
Would be good business I think. Top scorer in the eredivisie for a team that got relegated. As such, shouldn’t be overpriced. I think €8m or so is quite realistic and if Ings does go, get Maitland-Niles and Armstrong/ Lookman for a combined £25m and it’s a good summer.

Long, Lemina, Forster out.
Simeu, Perraud, potentially another few in. I wouldn’t complain.




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23 Jul 2021 20:01:01
Gladly. Will force Ralph to go out and get a proper keeper.




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22 Jul 2021 14:21:00
I agree on sentiment but the monies that frees up both in wages and transfer fees would certainly help. If we did sell Ings or Vestergaard this summer that would go some way to signing another 2/ 3 players. 3 of Lookman, a ST (not paying £20m+ for Armstrong thanks), a midfielder and a full back would do nicely.




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22 Jul 2021 14:19:13
If that’s the case then that’s a smart move. And from such a sell-on fee being reported they’re clearly expecting big fees being earned off him in future… hopefully this signals the end of Stephens starting league games.




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21 Jul 2021 22:19:25
For once this appears to be shrewd and smart business. Makes a nice change.

One thing I don’t get is how Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause when he is out of contract?





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21 Jul 2021 13:42:40
Would be a good fit - knows Ralph well so hopefully could get the best out of him. We just seem to move so so slowly I wouldn’t be surprised if someone like Palace or Brighton got there first.




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06 Jun 2021 21:44:40
Correction: Fuchs is in fact 35. Dunno why I thought he wasn’t in his 30s 😅.




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06 Jun 2021 16:51:24
Haven’t heard anything on our side but if you want him for £20m you can have him. Not got much in him except a world class free kick, but I don’t think the club would sell unless he inditicaged he was open to the move.




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06 Jun 2021 10:03:16
Interesting read that. I feel like he would be an excellent fit - similar style of play, his teams can’t defend either, does well on limited funds, but don’t see him as an upgrade if and when Ralph does go.




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23 May 2021 10:21:14
Lemina - is good enough for the squad, but won’t get on with Ralph.
Elyounoussi - has been on good form so again deserves a chance.
Sims - just hasn’t kicked on.
Valery - probably not.
The rest - definitely not.