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Saints 2021/22 Fixtures - The Toughest Start Possible Historically
at 11:22:13

I can't recall any previous year when the fixtures have been released and I've felt that we haven't even got a team in place. Normally I'd be looking at the best eleven from last season and hoping to replace one or two with better players. Now I'm looking at two indifferent goalkeepers, no left back, a central defender possibly on the transfer hunt this summer, a forward similarly undecided on his future and a couple of midfielders, at least, who don't step up for ninety minutes. The squad is thin on quality and lacks competitive muscle, hoping for the best and fearing the worst at present. Fingers crossed that Jankewitz can fulfil his potential, Tella carries on improving and the likes of Diallo and Salisu are up and running as regular starters. Other than that, please no 9-0 thrashings or worse.
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Should Southampton Target Bournemouth In The Transfer Market This Summer !
at 12:15:23

Nah, I can't see either of them making any more impact than the players we're looking to offload.
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Southampton May Now End Minamino Interest As Liverpool Set Out Transfer Stance
at 11:07:49

He's a quality player but a luxury rather than a necessity at present. I'm one of those who believe that he doesn't have the sheer grit that we need to grind out results when, frequently, the going gets tough. I also doubt if he's really in Liverpool's plans either but agree that, like so many other players, his contract is not one he'll walk away from easily.
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Ward Prowse England Omission Highlights Southgate's Losing of The Plot !
at 10:43:49

Sadly I've got this Roy of the Rovers image of Maguire, still wearing his protective boot of course, coming on as a sub in the last seconds of injury time to save us from defeat against Scotland. He hobbles to the Scotland goal area awaiting the glory of heading the match saving net buster only for Henderson to blaze the set piece kick into row Z. As the final whistle blows the commentator's speech bubble reflects on what would have been if JWP had been on the pitch, whilst Henderson inspects the huge gouge in the turf. The overrated Liverpool star subsequently rants that the sizeable divot that had flown into the Scotland net, instead of the ball, was deliberately dug up by Che Adams before the kick was taken. Cut to JWP watching the tv, feet up at home, with a broad smile on his face. Nah, it's not true of course, Adams had been substituted minutes earlier after scoring the winner.
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David Moyes West Ham Turnaround Can Give Hope For Southampton Supporters
at 11:03:21

It's already been posted by others but the major critical difference between us and West Ham was the quality of goal keeper available. The second difference was the physical strength and "competitive" attitude of specific players. We will never, ever, be able to keep in touch with the top teams whilst certain players, who are regularly picked as starters, shirk their responsibilities to go for the ball either on the ground or in the air when they are allowed to bottle it by the manager. Time to get tough RH and sideline those who would be better off displaying their talent on tv dance shows.
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Ryan Bertrand Turns Down Southampton Contract Offer
at 11:57:03

I can't see him in the category of Saints legend or challenging for a spot in Greatest Ever XI either. Quality player who has served us well but been paid a more than decent living for his contribution to the team. I wish him well if he decides that his future lies elsewhere and media posts indicate some interest from Arsenal and Europe. Maybe he should make a phone call to Cedric before he sets his satnav to north London because I can't envisage either of them getting a lot of game time next season.
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Southampton V Crystal Palace The Verdict
at 10:27:36

As davidargyll posted earlier the team looked like a happy bunch, celebrating success together and pulling together when things weren't going so well on the pitch. The sort of performance we want to see on a regular basis and a step up from some of the frankly dismal displays we've witnessed in the last few months. I can't agree more with those who have said that Walcott and Minamino are not the players we need for next season. Whilst I like both players and appreciate their talents they are too lightweight when it comes to the physical side of top level football and a luxury we can't afford.
On a separate note Andy Madley restored my belief that at least some referees are worth congratulation for not spoiling the game. And, do we really need VAR wasting time deciding whether or not Forsters trailing foot was on or behind the goal line when he saved the penalty? Abuse of the system, just like the ridiculous offside decisions teams have suffered all season, unwarranted fiddling with the flow of the match.
A couple more wins to end the season will be a relief but let's not get to the point where papering over the cracks is seen as the foundation for next season, much work to be done on the recruitment side.
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Southampton At Liverpool The Verdict
at 11:36:22

Moving forward and getting this awful season over with is probably what we all want Nick, the problem is that it's difficult to be positive about the future unless there are major changes before next season. My lifting of gloom after the Leicester performance now looks rather premature. I just can't see the club being able to shift high earning ineffective players unless their contracts are expiring. It seems that the defensive failings of the past have now become the goal scoring problems of the present and none of the current players at the club appear capable of stepping up to the plate. Liverpool weren't very much better than us and certainly lack the quality of several other teams we've played but they still got all three points. Yes, their goal keeper was elected man of the match but that was a default choice because no other player made much impression. Fair enough their average performance came from some pretty expensive players, none of whom we could even consider buying, and even then Minamino can't get into their team. I want to be positive and say it's just been a bad run, but it's far more than that and if we can't recruit some instinctive goal scorers very quickly the future looks bleak before we even kick off next season. Maybe there is some truth in the club being sold in the near future and that seems to be the only way out of the current slump. Wins from the Palace and Fulham games might lift the gloom again but that will be an illusion of where the club needs to be to be competitive and not struggle next year.
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Bristol City Rest Keeper Ahead Of Southampton Interest
at 12:26:11

Just been browsing this article and, whilst I've never heard of him either, he looks like a decent signing. Tall, athletic and commands his area, combined attributes we haven't had in a goalkeeper for some years. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/football/long-arm-law-dan-bentley-3497071.
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Southampton V Leicester City The Verdict
at 11:51:23

Beat me to it sandywelsh. Yup Jon Moss.
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Southampton V Leicester City The Verdict
at 11:49:09

I believe the VAR official was Jon Moss, enough said. Salisu absolutely a first choice pick next season, we've bought some dead wood in recent years but he looks like the real deal. Minamino disappointing and not the player he looked to be a few months back. Jack Stephens had one of his best games but I get the distinct impression that he has issues with the manager, pretty much ignoring RH at the end of the match. Terrific performance though against a very good Leicester team and Che Adams not only worked hard but actually looked fitter and sharper. My doom and gloom has been lifted because we looked competitive and capable of picking up a couple of wins before the season ends.
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Ings A Major Doubt For Leicester But There Is A Surprise Return To The Saints Squad
at 12:34:49

I may be wrong but my impression is that Obafemi has some pace but doesn't have the stamina needed at this level. N'Lundulu has in the main been brought on to play a role that doesn't match his strengths but he can still make the grade. Tella could develop into a very good player and certainly negates any thoughts that we might need to sign Walcott or Minamino for next season. That said I'd like to see Minamino play against Leicester just to see if he can produce his early form on the left side and try and get us at least a point.
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Fan Power Scuppers European Super League
at 10:30:56

Nothing worthwhile to add to Colburn's post but I'm in complete agreement.
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Southampton At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 10:18:58

I'm in complete agreement with the majority of posts above, we are relegation fodder next season unless there is a serious overhaul in the summer. Sheffield Utd have competed with most teams this season and capitulated to the odd goal, frequently late in the game if my ageing memory serves me correctly. We are very much on the same course and it's good to know that so many supporters can recognise the reality. Whether we survive or not this season will depend on other team's results it would seem and that is very concerning.
With little or no money for transfers I don't see how we can get quality players in and the expensive contract options filling the bench are very unlikely to be of any interest to other clubs. Whilst I'd love to be able to say that RH is the manager to take us into next season I just don't see him as being tactically savvy, or flexible enough, with the players we have available. And, presuming he isn't currently lined up elsewhere, my choice would be to get Rafa Benitez signed up as manager as soon as possible.
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Southampton FC Issue Statement On European Super League
at 10:05:06

No u turn from yourself then Nick? You have consistently promoted that the breakaway was inevitable and the best thing that could happen from our club's perspective. I have consistently disagreed with that view, believing any Super League would suck money out of the game and bring clubs like ours into financial meltdown. Just my point of view, and I have no idea whether my opinion was correct or not, but the club certainly isn't in favour of the wealthy elite leaving the league. I know you love banging a drum when it's a lost cause but even you must admit that the supporters of the breakaway clubs, current and former players and media outlets have acted quickly and decisively and pushed the elite into a corner. Please, no articles telling us how a great opportunity has been missed because the game is about matching performance on the day not just about wealth. Let's try and be a Leicester and get a positive mentality rather than sulk because the owners can't chuck millions into the club. Perhaps the governing bodies should now focus on how supporters can have a greater say in the club they support, in the German style, now that would a step in a positive direction.
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Some Saints Fans Need To Forget The Last Three Months And Enjoy Sunday
at 10:28:10

Ah, social media which enables anyone, me included, to type and post any drivel they wish. In the not too distant past most of us used to converse during some sort of social get together or even via a telephone call but now it's frequently a Whatsapp message or similar. Just a sign of changing times Nick and love it or hate it we go with the flow or rant into the void. In my view the televising of every match in recent months has had a detrimental effect on many fringe supporters. Many people who never or infrequently attended home matches, and probably none away from St Mary's, only got to see games on MotD or maybe a couple of times a month can now view every moment of failure without having to move from the sofa. Whilst they are entitled to post any comment they wish on social media far too many of these match followers won't be putting their bums on a seat to support the team when the stadium is open again. Considering how little desire they have to support rather than abuse the team that's probably not a bad thing but I'm hoping that once we can get back to discussing the merits of players over a post match pint their presence will become less intrusive. In the meantime a big fingers crossed for a big performance against Leicester and an even bigger one in the final. Yup, despite my gripes about the West Brom ineptitude there's still only one team I have ever followed and ever will.
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In Ralph We Should Trust
at 10:32:26

Win or lose against Leicester what supporters won't stomach is "record defeat in Cup semi final" headlines. That must surely be the end of the roller coaster ride if we want to remain in the top flight next season. In my view Salisu, Tella, or Adams, and Djenepo should replace three of Monday's non performers, but I'm sure other supporters have different perspectives. Personally, even with in excess of sixty years support through thick and thin, I'm still deflated by the ease with which West Brom took us apart. Fair play to them, and their much maligned manager, but if we don't see a reaction to the defeat then something is badly wrong with the leadership at St Mary's.
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Leicester City Players Suspended Due To Covid 19 Breach
at 11:54:40

Perhaps these players might wake up to reality if one or other of them manages to infect team mates with the virus this week? That probably won't happen with the testing regime in place but dropping them for one match doesn't send out any sort of message to those who see them as role models.
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Southampton V West Bromwich Albion The Preview
at 11:40:00

If KWP isn't fully fit then changing the shape of the team in consequence makes no sense. Absolutely agree that Ramsay should be given a run out and see how he adjusts to the intensity of first team football. Jankewitz will no doubt get game time in the coming weeks because he is another player who needs to be assessed at top level before the transfer window kicks in. No problem with Salisu starting, to give Bednarek a rest, because he already looks comfortable at the back. However, I still think we should be putting out a team to win the match and not take the foot off the pedal just because of a match at the weekend.
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Saints Payout's To Football Agent's Revealed.
at 10:13:50

Nick, you've been pretty clear for a long time that you favour the European Super League and the Big Six leaving English football. I maintain the view that such a move would a retrograde step. If the Super League was formed by representatives of all the major European leagues then the tv money is going to follow. Why would any of them not suck up as much income as possible to compete against all the other leeches? Subsequently, if the Super League gained the support you envisage, a second tier league would follow taking the next wealthiest clubs into the fold. Before long you would end up with a hollow domestic league akin to winning the JPT because the opposition would be lower league quality players taking the game back seventy years or so. The funding for our academy would disappear, Staplewood turned into a housing estate, and the club struggling to fill the stadium for the majority of matches. You as many of us must remember watching progress back to the top flight with 15,000 or so supporters in the ground when the opposition was poor quality. For me it's not all about winning it's just as much about the challenge of beating the big money clubs even on a decidedly non level playing field.
At present Saints feed off other clubs who have developed players, Celtic spring to mind, just as Liverpool and Spurs have fed off us. I'm left wondering how your attitude might change if your mythical American tycoon materialised and pumped money into the club? We could rapidly join the wealthy elite and would you then want to join the Super League or sit back claiming domestic titles on a regular basis?
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