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Saints Fans Are Optimistic About 2nd Half Of The Season
Wednesday, 25th Dec 2019 09:39

According to the first votes cast in our latest poll, the majority of Saints supporters think that the team can pull out of relegation trouble in the second half of the season, see the results and cast your own vote here.

The first votes cast in our latest poll "Can Saints Avoid Relegation" suggest that the majority of Saints supporters feel that the club can pull clear in the New Year.

So far 18% feel that we can do it with ease and 48% are confident that we can do it but feel that it might be another tough call.

In contrast 29% feel that we will fall just short of safety come the final day and 5 % that we will plummet and fall well short.

So initial results are 66% are optimistic and 34% pessimistic about our chances come the second half of the season.

Personally I am in the optimistic school of thought, I think if we can get to this stage of the season and still not be in the bottom three after all the trials and tribulations we have had, then we can only do better in the second half of the season and if we do that then we will stay up.

So what are your thoughts, can we pull clear with our current squad ? do you think we need a signing or two in January ? or do you feel that we are doomed whatever we do !

Vote now using the link below and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.


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underweststand added 11:20 - Dec 25
The World is full of eternal pessimists ... and this site (like some others) has its share, but the last few weeks have seen some real improvement and if we can continue the fight in that manner then I think we can pull clear before the end of the season.
Those pessimists who still criticise our failure to find the type of form we had when we finished top six and got into Europe,..should surely understand that we don't have the same quality in the squad that we had back then. The average "life span" of a players career with Saints is about 3 seasons - recent exceptions are the likes of Lambert, Lallana, Fonte, whilst those like Long and Yoshida are kept as "reliable subs. in an emergency".

"GOOD" Saints squads appear once or twice a decade, and the rest of the time it's simply about survival. This lot are hopefully good enough to keep us up AGAIN, but we have reached the point where those Academy lads who are meant to be our future need to show up and be seen. Many of those who came and went (Bale, Ox, Lallana, Shaw ) were brought into good / promising sides who gave them the opportunity to improve.
Expecting youngsters to come in and set the world alight rarely happens. It takes time, a.t.m. it's time we can't afford and there aren't any Bale's or Lallana's on the horizon.

Sixty plus years as a Saints fan has made me a pragmatist in many things, and a Soton birth certificate had made me a realist, and I leave pessimism to the " Leavers" .

legod7 added 13:24 - Dec 25
Surely if anyone is a proper Saints supporter then they should always be optimistic about the future of the club. Whether that be avoiding relegation, getting promoted or getting into Europe.No question

Consigliere added 14:00 - Dec 25
Its the hope I find so difficult to cope with, disappointment is easy!

KriSaint added 00:51 - Dec 26
The post Koeman era has been difficult, no doubt, but currently I have chosen not to panic, even if we don´t buy any players in the january transfer window, because I really believe we can keep 3 teams behind us when the season is over. Personally I think we can and will end up just below mid table.
(That said, I´m still shocked about the 0-9 and (probably should but) have not seen highlights of that game and (probably) never will).

I´d like to mention the players in our current squad, who are either

A. Brilliant.
B. Ok PL players who could maybe even develop into "quality" PL players.
C. Ok players, but only good enough as squad players for now.

(No mentioning of players from worse categories, because - imo - these (not mentioned) players are either not good enough, are highly overpaid, or chances of rejuvinated consistency or demanded progress are too small).

(Under Koeman)
1. Long. Ok player.
2. Bertrand. Ok player.

(Under Puel)
3.McCarthy. Ok player (played for his country? - yes)
4.Boufal. Ok player (playes for his country? - yes.)
5.Redmond. Ok player (played for his country? - yes)
6.Hojbjerg. Ok player. (plays for his country? - yes)

(Under Pellegrino)
None of the players bought under him are here any longer.

(Under Hughes)
7. Ings. Brillant (played for his country? yes)
8. Armstrong. Ok player (plays for his country? yes)
9. Bednarek. Ok player (plays for his country? yes
10. Gunn. Ok player (plays for his country? Not as a senior)

(Under Ralph)
11.Djenepo. Ok player (playes for his country? yes)

"Homegrown" players
12. JWP. Ok player (played for his country? yes)
13. Valery. Ok player (played for his country? yes)
14. Stephens. Question mark/squad player (played for his country? Not as a senior)
15. Obafemi. Question mark/squad player (played for his country? Not as a senior player).
16. Sims. Ok player (played for his country? Not as a senior)
(17. Reed). Question mark/squad player (played for his country? Not as a senior)
(Currently out on loan)

= 16 players in our current squad (+ Reed) that I think I´d like to keep.

1 brilliant.
13 ok.
2 question marks.

So, In reality - imo - we have 14 players who should be able to consistently compeed in the premier league, but, because this league is so competitive, 13 of them can only be defined as average for now, though 12 (!) have been or still are internationals.

Call me a happy clapper, BUT, we have enough quality to avoid relegation, in my opinion, and have a better second part of the season and end up with 40+ points.
Thanks for reading.

KriSaint added 00:54 - Dec 26
Correction, sorry: Obafemi has played for his country, Valery not as a senior).

KriSaint added 00:57 - Dec 26
Double sorry. I forgot Adams. Question mark player.

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