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Saints V Huddersfield The Verdict
at 13:35:33

I´d also like to ask: when was the last time we saw Saints start a second half with the ball, keep it for 2 minutes and then score without the opponent having touched the ball?

Saints V Huddersfield The Verdict
at 13:34:06

I echo much of the other comments, but I´d like to add that I don´t agree that Danso is useless as right back.
1. He is VERY young. Let him mature. Let him grow. Let him learn to play BOTH RB and CB. And maybe even DM.
2. He tries his best, obviously. Tactically, physically, technically.
3. He has a mean throw-in.
I´d also like to as: when was the last time we saw Saints start a second half with the ball, keep it for 2 minutes and then score without the opponent having touched the ball?
Saints At Chelsea The Verdict
at 02:44:46

Great comments which I echo 95 % and thanks for the, positive, fine verdict article, Nick.
I think one of you mentioned that PEH didn´t have a good game, which is simply untrue.
Yes, he gave the ball away a couple of times under pressure, but he gave 110 % (like everybody else) and he had an assist and generally played very, VERY well.
Even Cedric did very well today.
Armstrong can not be saluted enough for his performance today. It was AWESOME, and the build-up to 2-0 was - not least because of him - simply fantastic - and - for me - the best team goal since Channons famous goal after a sensational build-up involving among others Keegan and D. Armstrong back in 1981 or 1982.
Saints Fans Are Optimistic About 2nd Half Of The Season
at 00:57:50

Double sorry. I forgot Adams. Question mark player.
Saints Fans Are Optimistic About 2nd Half Of The Season
at 00:54:14

Correction, sorry: Obafemi has played for his country, Valery not as a senior).
Saints Fans Are Optimistic About 2nd Half Of The Season
at 00:51:03

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.
Hasenhuttl Confirms January Transfer Intentions
at 15:39:13

It makes me sad to read the (repeated) criticism of PEH. How much potential do You have if You play 102 minutes of the German cup final for Bayern Münich vs Dortmund when at the age of 18 + a couple of days? LOTS.
I know, he is still not the finished article, and maybe the captaincy is too much of a responsibility , putting too much weight on his (still) young shoulders.
I am 99 % certain that I can assure You, that - with the right support and guidance - he will come VERY GOOD in his current number 6 role and even more in a number 8 position. I, primarily, see him as a box-to-box player.
Yes, he has certainly had a qouple of questionable games this season, but I don´t understand, if You wanna get rid of this 23-year old player who loves Saints, and who has still less than 100 PL games under his belt - and let him step up and develope fully in another club???
Happy Christmas From The Ugly Inside
at 15:15:05

Likewise, Merry C to everybody involved with TUI <3
Injury Issues For Saints Might Open A Door For Adams
at 15:13:15

Absolutely agree that we should keep our 4-4-2 shape and play Adams if Long is injured. I actually think Ings sees obvious positive 'possibilities' (expression loaned from C. Puel) just around the corner for Adams, and Ings has never signalled complains about Adams. On the contrary, actually.
Danny Ings Is The King Of The Scummers !
at 01:48:03

To Glen from league1minus10blogspot:

Merry C and Thanks for another great match report from the Villa game.
Jack "Cafu" Stephens :) <3
"There are no good players named Wesley"
"Marvellous Macamba with a marvellous pass to Ings, who marvellously hammered a marvellous shot marvellously into the corner"
"Irritating little T*** Grealish" etc etc etc
I love it.
Danny Ings Is The King Of The Scummers !
at 01:38:06

(Saints fan since 1980)
Danny Ings Is The King Of The Scummers !
at 01:37:16

Please try:

"He´s red, his white, he´s Danish Dynamite , he´s our Hojbjerg, he´s our Hojbjerg, and Hojbjerg will die for You. His song when playing for Denmark.

MERRY Christmas everybody. I appreciate you and TUI a LOT.

Best wishes, Kris from Denmark
Saints At Aston Villa The Verdict
at 14:46:33

We have to keep the 4-4-2 for now , and as long as Shane Long has his pace and engine and attitude he deserves to keep his place. It is of such importance to have two strikers with the mess we are in, and with Longs presence he seems to take some pressure off of our midfielders AND Danny Ings because he does well in build up play and - of course - not least airial duels, not only offensively with flick ons to Redders and Ingsy but ALSO when we defend dead balls. And Stuey Armstrong is much, much, much better defensively than Djenepo, which we really need, and he has good attacking skills in his game too from midfield that we badly need when he is not playing. He makes very intelligent deep runs that JWP and PEH don´t.
We might FINALLY have found our strongest starting 11. Let´s keep it for now but not forget the probable need for rotation in the festive periode with many games - to avoid exhaustion and injuries.
I wasn´t too impressed by middleweight boxer Obafemi when he came on if I´m honest but let´s not forget that he is only 19.
Cedric today was a less liability than normally, and I thank him for that and wish him well when he - hopefully - leaves SOON.
Today Stephens did very well, so let´s give him some credit when deserved, and..... with a classy, physically strong leader type CB next to him (costing 20+ million pounds, I´m afraid) he might become good, because - though he is very far from being the finished article - he does have some good understanding of the game as a "playing CB". Also I think he has a positive influence on the bounding between players and other people around him in the club, because he is obviously a good lad as a human being with a good attitude towards gaffer and team mates.
Saints At Aston Villa The Preview
at 13:01:45

Ok comments overall. I consider this match a must win and a reasonable demand on our team, which IS better on paper than theirs. Take the bloody three points, Guys.
Shane Long actually use to score vs Villa, so I´d start with him again.
Unfortunately, Dead-ric will probably be picked as right back again, so we will probably have to score 3 to win, which we can on a good day vs a defense as bad as ours if not worse.

Result 2-3 , please.

Ings, Long and JWP scoring?
Silly Season Starts With Barcelona Defender Linked
at 23:09:00

There are definetely CBs in the Championship that are far better than any of ours...
Saints V West Ham United The Preview
at 14:41:51

I hope we hammer them convincingly. My starting 11 would be:
(Anybody but) Cedric, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand
Djenepo, Redmond
Ings, Long

Gunn, Yoshida, Romeu, Adams, Armstrong, Obafemi, Boufal
Saints Need To Keep Faith With Che Adams
at 01:52:27

Thanks Nick, been waiting for an article about this. T. Henry didn´t score before he scored against us...., after 10+ games, I believe.
Good comparison with Beattie. Young, talented, difficult start. I am sure Adams will come good.
Look how unlucky Adams was with two fine finishes vs Sheff. U. Had those two gone it in, who knows how many goals Che could have scored by now.
Let´s give the lad our unlimited support.
It's Good And Bad News On The Injury Front For Saints
at 01:06:40

Yeah , it sounds a little weird with the virus thing..., but I´m a doctor and there is a quite common (not least for people Valery´s age) virus that can cause some problems for more than a couple of days, and that is "mononucleosis" - some call it glandular fever - and I hope it is NOT the case, as it can typically take several weeks to recover fully from for a well-trained athlete. (A quick-diagnosis kit can support the diagnosis in 10 minutes).
Anyway, I wish Valery the fastest of recoveries as I almost suffer physically myself from Cedrics weak defending. Sorry Cedric, but I´m just saying it as it is. Valery is physically stronger and much better on the ball and on crosses.
All To Play For This Weekend For Saints
at 00:26:36

We lost 2-1 unfortunately. We played well and should have won but missed too many chances. Extremely agonising. But well played, Saints.
Saints V Norwich The Preview
at 17:58:12

It would be stupid of Ralph not to put Adams back in the team tonight against a promoted team. Adams played very well vs the other promoted team that we have played against - Sheff. U. - and it was only very bad luck and a world class save that kept him from scoring in that game.
I think Adams WILL - finally - get his first PL goal tonight, against promoted opposition, if selected, and I hope Ralph has the balls and the brain to give him a start against a team that has conceded 30 goals in 14 games. We desperately need to get him to start scoring.

My starting line-up (4-2-2-2)
Valery, Bednarek, Danso, Bertrand
Djenepo, Redmond
Ings , Adams
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