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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!

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09 Aug 2021 16:35:16
I think there may be a couple more yet - loans?

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!

09 Aug 2021 17:02:00
What is the strength of the rumours of us looking at ox coming back?

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.

10 Aug 2021 09:05:36
Broja confirmed.

10 Aug 2021 19:58:57

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

09 Aug 2021 01:01:40
Leicester City looking at Vestegaard now that Fofana is out until Christmas and Saints may be looking to re-sign Oxlade Chamberlain.

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05 Aug 2021 19:27:25
I read on several sites that we've asked Chelsea about a loan for Abraham, have asked Liverpool about Origi and that Brighton have bid 27m for Nunez, who we were after a couple of years ago.
I can't see us paying enough to get Abraham or Nunez and there seem to be a few other clubs after Armstrong now.
This looks like it will go down to the wire. There aren't enough goals in this team and I don't want to see us relying on Walcott or Redmond to partner Adams. Worrying but I'm hopeful we'll get someone over the line.

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05 Aug 2021 21:01:27
We could bring in Messi on a free 😁.

05 Aug 2021 23:28:09
For 29 goals in a season and at £5m, we really can’t go wrong taking a punt on Giakoumakis. Would need another striker, not that that would dent the funds too much, but I’d rather him at that price than Armstrong for £20m+.

06 Aug 2021 12:12:12
I think that Armstrong is off to Palace.

{Ed002's Note - They are one of the interested clubs and have been talking to Blackburn.}

06 Aug 2021 14:49:27
I was thinking more Kane, but he wouldn’t be guaranteed game time in front of Redmond🤣.

07 Aug 2021 02:51:18
Uruguayan 22 year old Benfica centre forward Darwin Nunez profile reads well!

07 Aug 2021 09:38:55
Nunez is a good shout but again they want £30 mil plus so can't see it happening.

07 Aug 2021 13:11:15
Hey Matt 32 Glad you agree Nunez is the business but price has to be considered with the bigger picture in mind i. e. spending extra on a proven goal scorer at ELITE level will give us much more chance of remaining in the Premier League after next season with a prospective payout of approx 130 million. We cannot expect the likes of Long and Redmond to replace a talisman and Ralph will only get one chance to spend the Gollden Egg he’s been handed. ( A further gift from a probable Vestergaard sale a good possibility) ps From what I have seen Edouard a few times who looks like a Scottish Div. B player!

05 Aug 2021 17:50:37
Hearing rumours that West Ham are looking at Vestegaard. Anyone know anything ?

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04 Aug 2021 23:30:25
Not surprised Ings has gone he looked like he didn't believe in Ralph's system any more, however with less than 10 days to the start of the season who will fill his place, we need a proven premiership goalscorer and that won't come cheap. maybe an old warhorse like Costa or Giroud come be a short term answer but at the moment I think things are looking bleak.

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05 Aug 2021 04:24:59
A change of mind - Perhaps Danny Ings is not that Judas who traded his Hometown Club for a few extra bags of Silver but a compassionate guy who appreciated many months of nursemaiding to keep him fit by SFC physio staff and realising his career was fast approaching twilight time has shown his unwavering affection by hoodwinking Aston Villa into donating 30 million pounds to SFC coffers in an attempt to preserve his Hometown Club status in the Premier League. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING DANNY!

05 Aug 2021 10:09:58
Just seen that we have enquired about Abraham for a loan at Chelsea - be a great signing if it's with an option to buy. I would prefer its a purchase but not sure how credible it is anyway. With us, he will play at least.

05 Aug 2021 13:32:59
Would be really happy with Abraham just think may be out of our price range.

04 Aug 2021 19:49:25
Well Danny Ings has gone. Perhaps he knows he can't last the pace and got what he can while he can. Don't think he looked right at the end of last season so perhaps £25m can be put to good use.

If Grealish is worth £100m then Ward Prowse is worth £75m and not a penny less

He is our Talisman . Ings never was.

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04 Aug 2021 23:01:18
Gutted he's gone and really hope they use the money to replace him.

02 Aug 2021 23:45:02
Apparently Villa have put in a second offer for Ward Prowse and Maureen wants Delaney at Roma.

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04 Aug 2021 03:46:17
Saints are definitely following. the right path with the acquisition of Chelsea young duo plus future trialists. Accepting of wages without rocking the boat and finding a few of our own (we could have a great side in 2/ 3. Yrs) . We still need the quality in to keep us in the Premiership. A capable young keeper a MUST. (Gunns exit may prove a mistake) . Ings must only be selected according to performances (at the moment he deserves the bench) remove his improved offer from the table (and the same for Vestergaard) . JWP has been exemplary for our Club and deserves every opportunity available to him but he is not irreplaceable if necessary. Keep On Marching!

04 Aug 2021 10:01:03
Like to see Maitland-Niles come in as MC cover. Any ideas what sort of £££ are Arsenal asking?

04 Aug 2021 10:05:20
£15m ish I believe. We’d need to sell someone to buy him I think.

04 Aug 2021 10:28:56
If Delaney is £9m, AMN £15m and we sell JWP for £40m, there’s another probably £12m (considering wages) - which will be Armstrong less Obafemi. Those 3 for JWP I think would be excellent work.

04 Aug 2021 11:13:17
I hope JWP stays. He was so close to the England squad for the Euros and I think he will replace Henderson for the World Cup. His stock will grow and grow. We just need some MC cover. Delaney is a good shout but he’s 29. I would prefer a younger option. If we could get AMN for around £10m that will do….

04 Aug 2021 11:27:01
If not AMN then Winks please.

01 Aug 2021 23:06:22
Was told Williams was a done deal, it's now a no go. Tino Livramento is a go though, should join within the next few days, very highly rated at Chelsea, be great to get this one over the line.

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01 Aug 2021 23:30:08
Fingers crossed on this one. FB cover in both sides…. nice!

02 Aug 2021 11:17:55
20% sell on fee to Chelsea, £25m buy back clause for Chelsea, 5 year contract! Let’s hope we can find a decent backup LB.

02 Aug 2021 12:01:48
Happy with that, apparently he can cover both sides and after what Ralph’s said I think that’s it for full backs now. Apparently two senior and two youth players is enough. He also said he didn’t want/ need any new forwards so that might be it now. For the love if god I hope not. Please get Delaney if we can.

02 Aug 2021 12:26:41
I would still like to see Delaney and Lookman come in although it seems like Lookman may be going to Burnley or Watford. How about going back to Chelsea and trying to get Loftus-Cheek. I think that Ralph could get the best out of him.

02 Aug 2021 12:29:02
5m fee instead of a 2m loan fee for williams absolute no brainer very highly rated one for the future and cover for now.

02 Aug 2021 14:11:41
I heard that they were looking for offers around £10-£12m for Williams.

02 Aug 2021 15:51:37
SaintGGsy - that’s it for transfers? I have that feeling too (hope I’m wrong) . He now has cover at CB and FB with the boys from Chelsea, MC to be covered by Diallo and Armstrong. Forward line looking full too with 4 from; Ings, Adams, Walcott, Redmond, Obefemi, (Armstrong) and Tella. What worries me is that is nearly the same team as last season. A little bit of quality would be nice - especially at GK.

02 Aug 2021 15:52:54
I can only see us buying again if someone leaves - Ings, Vestergaard or JWP.

02 Aug 2021 16:12:47
I wonder if Livramento will start and KWP takes a more forward role.

02 Aug 2021 17:27:00
It seems that way Manny but we often pop up with a deal 3 hours after the deadline. I am fairly happy with the defence now, so much so I think our strongest formation is probably 5-2-3.

Perraud at leftwing back, Bednarek Vestergaard Salisu, KWP on the right - with Livramento, Stephens, Simeu and I wouldn’t mind Djenepo covering as a WING back as much. JWP and Romeu with Diallo back up then we have Djenepo, Adams, Armstrong, Walcott, Redmond, Tella wide, Ings up top - or Adams.

GK still poor but that won’t change, hopefully next season. Midfield is fine but light - I would just love love love Delaney.

Up front the A. Armstrong rumours won’t die, latest is apparently Obafemi +12m which is probably several million high but I think we need a goal scorer as Ings will get injured so we will see.

02 Aug 2021 17:29:30
Apparently TeeJay RLC’S attitude sucks which is why no one has come in for him, similar with Ntcham who is now on a free. Definitely has potential but not paying any good money on another risk after we just got rid of Lemina.

Lookman would be great but shows how far we’ve fallen if Burnley beat us to him. Still need another attacker for certain, hopefully Ralph sees that or maybe a ST has to isolate in late August and so he has to go out and get someone as cover.

02 Aug 2021 21:02:42
I see your point SaintGGsy about not wanting another player with a bad attitude. I just thought that at his age he might now be ready to settle down and let his footballing ability show. I remember watching him play his debut for England and thought he was going to be a top player.

03 Aug 2021 08:44:57
Yeah I wouldn’t mind him, but don’t want to be paying too much money so a loan with an option might be a route to take again.

03 Aug 2021 19:23:35
I’ve seen Joey Veerman of Heerenveen linked with Rangers for between £4m - £8m. Personally think he’d be a great backup for us. I’d like to see us move either Long or Obafemi on and get someone else in, neither of them are Premier League quality. I don’t see why we’d need another CB with Stephens still here and Simeu coming into the club. Think another option on the wing would be nice should Elyounoussi leave. Would love to see us go for Ryan Kent but think he may be a little too pricey. Delaney would be great if we can get him.

04 Aug 2021 17:01:36
Are we still looking for a LB? No3 shirt still unallocated and I read somewhere that Tino has only played on the left once in his career.

30 Jul 2021 09:50:07
Thinking of our LB issue and with Man Utd's Williams looking out of sight - what about Sessegnon from Spurs? Or is he just another LW conversion like Djenepo?

{Ed002's Note - Southampton have already signed Ryan Bertrand's replacement.}

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30 Jul 2021 15:24:41
But Ralph still after a LB back, hence the Djenepo experiment. I wouldn’t want to risk him in a PL game.


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