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23 Feb 2022 10:06:01
So appears we are keeping McCarthy on and probably letting Fraser go for free. McCarthy must be on 40-50k? Fraser is our second highest earner on 90k, so sensible.

Would prefer Fraser as our #2 but can't sustain such high wages for someone who hopefully wouldn't be a first team starter if we go and get a new GK.

But McCarthy is terrible and would be sad to see Fraser go - when he's on form he's the best keeper we've had in a decade

SaintGGsy

1.) 26 Feb 2022 09:14:45
McCarthy should go . The Big man is goal has been a lot to do with our revival .

McCarthy does not inspire any confidence


2.) 27 Feb 2022 10:17:23
We are assuming that McCarthy will be our number 1, but I’m not so sure. It’s very hard to get in a quality keep to warm the bench. i'm hoping that Fraser is given an extension and becomes number 1.
He has his faults but is a far better goalkeeper than McCarthy! And as you say, the team are much stronger with him
Lot of social media PR being done on FF at the moment.


 

 

27 Sep 2021 12:00:20
Had a bit of hope having not lost in four, but that's evaporated now. I don't necessarily think that Ralph needs to go yet, but he needs a number two to balance him out as he tries to get too clever when there's no need.

No goals in three, players already being played out of position. Classic Ralph trying to find wins when there's no creativity out there.

Forster
Perraud, Bednarek, Salisu, KWP
Romeu
Armstrong, JWP, Tino, Tella/ Moi
Armstrong

That's the best XI I think (injuries aside) - feel Tino is a bit wasted at the back when we have a very good RB anyway, free him up further forward somewhere in midfield.

But that might be tinkering Ralph can't work out while he's busy playing a RB at LB and playing Redmond at all.

SaintGGsy

1.) 30 Sep 2021 09:40:37
I agree SaintGGsy. If Redmond and Djenepo played for Watford, Newcastle, Norwich or any of the other lower Prem league teams they would struggle to get a seat on the bench yet Ralph seems to think that they both do a good job in the starting 11 for us. Unless Ralph comes up with a winning formula over the next 6 weeks I think he'll be gone before Christmas.


2.) 30 Sep 2021 12:43:15
That is a very damning truth. Went to watch Bristol City play last weekend as I live in Bristol and he definitely wouldn’t have stood out if he had been playing in that game. He probably wouldn’t make Fulham’s bench either. It is worrying if the management cannot see something that tens of thousands of fans can.


3.) 30 Sep 2021 14:47:19
The problem is, we're a selling club. We look for young players with big potential and sign them (Redmond, Djenepo, even Elyounoussi) . We give them big contracts, they don't ever reach that potential and even get worse over time. So what happens? The large clubs won't want to buy them (like we initially hoped) . Mid-tier clubs won't buy them because they can buy better talent at the same rate. Smaller clubs won't buy them because they afford them. So they need to stay at Southampton. Of course, that doesn't mean these players need to play every match.

But I agree with both of you, neither players offer us anything going forward. They don't create enough chances. They just fill space on the pitch.


4.) 02 Oct 2021 08:43:22
It is bizarre that Ralph can not spot what is so obvious to thousands. He keeps changing the forward line, but with virtually no service coming in from midfield/ wingers, we’ll never score goals. The contribution to attack from Djenepo and Redmond is virtually zero; add in the two defensive midfielders in Romeu and JWP and there isn’t a hope in hell of one of them doing a defence splitting pass.
In fact most of our attacking impetus comes from Tino and Perraud/ KWP
As everyone is saying, playing KWP at right back and move Tino forward. But I’m guessing just like Ralph’s stubbornness over not playing Tella, he will only play Tina at right back….
Another game against a great manager and team. Their manager will change the dynamics of their team multiple times over the game; Ralph will bring in Djenepo….


 

 

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.


 

 

 

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11 May 2022 21:15:16
Well safety is now all but guaranteed. Can't see Leeds picking up another point let alone two wins and a 19 goal swing.

SaintGGsy

1.) 11 May 2022 22:13:00
I’m intrigued what you think of the post below this re all of us wanting Ralph sacked and his only problem
Is lack of money

I think I can guess what you think!
Why are people, even commentators, blindsided by Ralph’s appalling football management


2.) 12 May 2022 19:46:22
As is very Saints, it’s just quite bizarre. No-one I’ve spoken to who follows football and doesn’t support saints thinks he’s doing a bad job, but as a football club what even are we at the moment? Simultaneously thinking about the top half and just trying to survive.

Objectively, people have said we are not spending at the level of Brighton, Palace, even Brentford, due to our previous owners. Which lends me to believe if he is given backing this window and can make four or five quality signings in our price bracket of £12-18m, maybe we I’ll have a higher ceiling.

At the same time, he seems to lose the dressing room twice a season for about a month at a time in which we lose every game and play terribly. It’s just so weird. No other team can you tell the result within the first 4 minutes based on how up for it we look. We’ve had two spurts - in October (10 points in 4 games) and around Christmas (19 from 10 games) aside that we have one win in 22! That isn’t normal!

I love the bloke but his naivety does seem to be catching up to him. At the same time who reasonably is there we could bring in? He will be given the summer to recruit, that seems certain, but unless a good #2 is brought in, his mismanagement of players and tactical ineptitude will probably see us in the bottom 3 in November and firefighting with Dyche brought in to keep us safe.

Those that say survival is what we as a club should be aiming for - we were in Europe and challenging for the top four consistently less than 6 years ago and have only regressed since - we aren’t being greedy, we have been there and know we can do it. If Brighton and Wolves can be in the top half why can’t we?


3.) 12 May 2022 22:43:43
SaintG
I remember when Saints were looking at upping the capacity. Cortese was even looking at buying up areas around the ground to give us a ‘village’ similar to other top PL clubs. Even knowing that waterfront opposite the stadium is covered by long standing covenants, was not enough to stop Cortese! After all this was the man that Italian clubs had turned to, to negotiate with the mafia!
It’s interesting the comments about lack of money. Many of us thought we had the best squad in years!
Tino . Salisu . Perraud . kwp . Broja . Adams .
Diallo.
plus Forster and Mo returned from loans .
these were all added to the squad under Ralph’s watch!
It is what he has done with them that raises serious questions about his abilities!

But you are right, he has and does lose the dressing room at regular intervals!
Bertrand was dropped after calling him something!
I honestly believe something has been going on with Stu too. not picked for weeks but was picked by Scotland!
Ings was dropped at one point and was clearly not happy; I honestly believe he would
Still be here now, playing his best got all of his career .

Enough of that .

Facts : there is absolutely nothing in Ralph’s makeup that makes him the manager we need.

I always sit at least row 20 so I can oversee the game
. everyone around me is watching the game, the substitutions, the pattern of play . and looking at each other like… and

God knows which of the games it was, but at some point I shouted out loud … are we going to f**** mark their winger … the old guy next to me said, ‘don’t be silly … ‘!

Bring back Ronald K . he loved it here!
When that man watched a game, you knew he was watching a game from the perspective of one of the greatest players .


 

 

01 May 2022 21:01:47
It's an interesting position so be in sat amongst non-Saints supporting friends who rave about Ralph, despite two 9-0 reverses and a generally leaky defence and matches lost from winning positions time and again.

Is it that our squad is just poor and lacking investment for a long period of time, or that Ralph sometimes totally loses the plot.

It's both. We have players who lose the ball, miss an open goal and needlessly foul opposing players or fail to track a run - something they are obviously coached to do but switch off from - but also Ralph plays players out of position, isn't quite a master of man-management, doesn't know how to use substitutes and cannot adapt in game.

The question is if we are given £50m to spend (and maybe recoup a further £80m if JWP leaves), can Ralph be trusted to bring in the right players and build a consistent team that isn't fickle and can hold a lead? I don't see those problems changing.

But also, who realistically could we afford to bring in who would do a better job? Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche, Rafa even, would be our level who we could afford, but they aren't going to massively improve this team or the playing style.

Time and again we ask for a clear out but it seems so easy for us to switch off for a month at a time when there is any kind of expectation on us and only turn up for games against bigger teams - we haven't lost to City in the league this season yet have lost to Norwich and Watford - maybe a new manager will bring in a different mindset to change things.

Most frustratingly we are below Brentford, Palace and Brighton, who are all probably a half step below us financially and ambition-wise, and have the fourth-worst defence in the league.

We can stay here for the foreseeable and risk relegation, or a change may see us go down, or fight for Europe. Going to be an interesting summer.

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09 Apr 2022 20:10:51
Well at least it wasn't nine

SaintGGsy

1.) 10 Apr 2022 02:04:09
What a shambolic disgraceful performance from Saints (I think their purse should be withheld).Take nothing away from Chelsea who were like a well oiled machine!However Saints calamities and cave ins made it easier for them (like a ship that’s lost it’s rudder without a captain)! Our midfield were far too slow and laboured whist the central defence were porous and incapable.The fullback flanks were totally exposed and exploited.Goalkeeper Forster performed well in the circumstances as did KWP.Where to from here? I honestly don’t knowWe are approaching the end of season run in now and I believe Ralph still does not know his best X1.Our cohesive playing pattern is at an all time low.I am fearful of relegation next season ( before a ball is kicked)unless some momentum and method winning style and attitude.is introduced (which currently does not exist) and quite a few higher profile recruits brought in to form a team that will proudly represent our city.Poor Ralph looked totally bewildered and at a complete loss on the sidelines!


 

 

07 Feb 2022 16:35:30
Post regarding our GK situation;

All four of our senior keepers (Forster, McCarthy, Lewis, Caballero) are out of contract in June.

We will almost certainly lose two, maybe three, and keep one, and our plight for a new no. 1 is well known in fan circles.

Personally, I don't see Lewis staying. We bought a new keeper as opposed to giving him a game. Willy may stay, he's been ok, but if one of our first two choices are going, it has to be McCarthy. Forster has actually been ok and I don't really want to lose him to a potential rival.

That would then leave a junior keeping position available - though we never really seem to produce good goalies - and obviously a new first choice.

The chatter has mainly been on Sam Johnstone, available on a free with a few clubs interested.

But while the interest seems to be there, I would fancy a look at Nick Pope. Burnley probably deserve to go down, and if they do, he will be available for I wouldn't have thought much more than £10-12m - wages wouldn't be massive as let's face it Burnley are even poorer than us. He's been England #1, and an intelligent market player will probably be looking at him as unlike Johnstone, he probably isn't happy with at least one season in the EFL.

We would guarantee him first team football, which not many teams above us in the table could (maybe Palace, Brighton, Brentford would improve with him between the sticks), he is still fairly young (29) so that'd be a good 6 years left in him, and I just think with all the talk around Johnstone and Henderson, we could be quite shrewd and pick up a really good signing - IF Burnley go down.

And suddenly if we decide not to sell for a few windows, we might be in danger of Europe again.

SaintGGsy

1.) 08 Feb 2022 10:32:57
Goalkeeping and Goalkeepers

Forster : I would love to see him get a run in the first team. Even when McCarthy had terrible games, made awful mistakes, he kept his place. Meanwhile, Forster plays fantastic and loses his place.

This is where my knowledge ends: ie effect of a goalkeeper not playing?
While I understand the need for an excellent back up goalkeeper, what effect does warming the bench have on a goalkeeper?

Outfield players are completely different, in that some are better at pressing, faster, more defensive, more attacking etc so they can impact a game in so many ways.
But a goalkeeper is just a goalkeeper.
Where is this going ….

Right; having an excellent back up goalkeeper only works if the manager picks on merit/current form.
I can’t imagine what it did for Forster’s well-being watching McCarthy play awful and still keep his place.

Does an unused goalkeeper lose his sharpness?
Should goalkeepers be rotated IF they are both producing the goods


2.) 08 Feb 2022 12:55:00
Hi Rich, I tend to agree with you on most things we discuss on this forum - but not your assessment of Forster. I feel he is bang average with dealing with crosses into the 6 yard box (given that physically he is a giant) and he is often woeful with the ball at feet. His distribution is not much better than McCarthy but that is not difficult. I agree there have been some great moments for him - top draw saves from point blank but that’s not enough in this day and age.

Your point about warning the bench is well made but that possibly the price you pay if you put the numbers on your contract in front of numbers of appearances.

Rich, they’re both championship keepers IMO and Lewis clearly hasn’t got the confidence of Ralph to step in.

If we take a brief trip down memory lane you will probably agree that we never had this discussion - Shelton, Flowers, Niemmi, even Grobelar!


3.) 10 Feb 2022 08:05:02
Just to say, last night at Spurs we saw a short cameo of the best and worst of Forster in the space of a few first half minutes - got away with a dreadful clearance when he was far too slow with ball at feet, then made a point blank save with a strong left hand and standing big denying what looked like a nailed on goal.
I agree with SaintGGsy - Nick Pope would be an upgrade should Burnley go down


 

 

20 Jan 2022 15:50:55
An unnamed PL club have matched Newcastle's bid on Diego Carlos. One can dream

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17 Apr 2022 20:38:47
What will be almost certain is Frase has a shocker at Burnley now! If he alsways played like that he’d be England #1, but it definitely seems to be a case of whether he’s ‘up’ for it or not.

Still, epic win, let’s try and get into the top 10 if we can. The run in isn’t that scary if we can find form.

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05 Jan 2022 21:39:51
I’d hope this will lead to something of a second black box revolution, being sensible in the market and no more Osvaldo or Ramirez buys. We do seem to be leaning into a method we experimented with a while back, buying fringe players off the bigger clubs, but unlike Lemina and Hojbjerg we now are looking at Chelsea and City having pinched KWP from Spurs as well.

I can’t see us hammering away at our transfer fee record, however unlike Gao, who unfortunately seemed to have his hands tied by the Chinese government once he bought us, we will hopefully now get investment, even if it is ‘just’ a few £10m each window, as opposed to having to always sell to buy. Small, sensible acquisitions, maybe £20m for the odd player who will become a future star.

The squad is in a decent place, we have a loan to pay off but given Gao bought us for £200m a few years ago and we are now worth £100m + £78m in debts, and the owners have the money, we should be looking up as there is in effect money spare to invest into the club.

Hopefully one or two buys this window, and kick on in the summer. For now we look ok - given Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich have won 4 times between them this season I think 34 is probably the mark, so a few more wins and we’ll be okay, then from summer onwards hopefully a better outlook for the club and city as a whole.

I’m glad we haven’t been Newcastled, I’d rather someone who would like to grow the club organically rather than sportswashing it.

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30 Sep 2021 12:43:15
That is a very damning truth. Went to watch Bristol City play last weekend as I live in Bristol and he definitely wouldn’t have stood out if he had been playing in that game. He probably wouldn’t make Fulham’s bench either. It is worrying if the management cannot see something that tens of thousands of fans can.

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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 May 2022 19:46:22
As is very Saints, it’s just quite bizarre. No-one I’ve spoken to who follows football and doesn’t support saints thinks he’s doing a bad job, but as a football club what even are we at the moment? Simultaneously thinking about the top half and just trying to survive.

Objectively, people have said we are not spending at the level of Brighton, Palace, even Brentford, due to our previous owners. Which lends me to believe if he is given backing this window and can make four or five quality signings in our price bracket of £12-18m, maybe we I’ll have a higher ceiling.

At the same time, he seems to lose the dressing room twice a season for about a month at a time in which we lose every game and play terribly. It’s just so weird. No other team can you tell the result within the first 4 minutes based on how up for it we look. We’ve had two spurts - in October (10 points in 4 games) and around Christmas (19 from 10 games) aside that we have one win in 22! That isn’t normal!

I love the bloke but his naivety does seem to be catching up to him. At the same time who reasonably is there we could bring in? He will be given the summer to recruit, that seems certain, but unless a good #2 is brought in, his mismanagement of players and tactical ineptitude will probably see us in the bottom 3 in November and firefighting with Dyche brought in to keep us safe.

Those that say survival is what we as a club should be aiming for - we were in Europe and challenging for the top four consistently less than 6 years ago and have only regressed since - we aren’t being greedy, we have been there and know we can do it. If Brighton and Wolves can be in the top half why can’t we?

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03 Mar 2022 13:23:59
If two of City, Chelsea and Liverpool get each other and we can draw a non-PL side, it is opening up incredibly nicely for us, and god aren’t we playing well. What a time it is to be a saint!

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21 Feb 2022 23:24:19
Agree that our buy window for Broja has probably closed. If a CL team want him then we aren’t getting him back sadly. But it does at least show that we are a go to club for loaning prospective talents so that would only help with getting in other future stars either on cut price/buy-back or loan deals.

I’d also just like to congratulate Ralph. He’s seen the light. He’s playing a settled team, all in their favoured positions (if we now take KWP to be a general full back with no preferred side which he seems to be what he’s suggesting he sees himself as), linkups and partnerships are working on the field, he is seeing where and when to change things if needed in game, there’s a balanced dynamic, the front four are working well and hard off the ball, defence is settled and solid. And we are in the top half! And on current form 9th is probably where we look like finishing, which would be awesome and a great stepping stone for next season.

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14 Feb 2022 15:08:33
I think similarly with Tino, if we say to them, you can buy him back with first refusal in the next two years for £40m if we give you £25m now, granted that he will probably be worth £50m+, then that’s a fair deal. What would in effect be £15m to them to buy a top class striker aged 23-24 if they did purchase him back would be good business for both teams.

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10 Feb 2022 09:00:03
Absolutely unbelievable. The most Saints performance for 80 minutes, then some magic. The number of times we’ve played better than a good team and not taken our chances - Broja should’ve had a hat trick, Perraud nearly scored a Puskas contender - but we were fantastic, just totally dominating everywhere.

But to then come from 1-2 with 10 minutes to go and score two beautiful headers off of two wonderful crosses, Spurs don’t learn but I do not care about them, that is epic, and if we play like that at OT we will hammer them.

Also, WE ARE IN THE TOP HALF!

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