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at 13:28 14 Feb 2022
From the press today......
Wasteful Saints have not replaced Ings
Manchester United’s misfiring marksmen hogged the headlines as usual, but at Old Trafford it was actually Southampton who were more culpable. Only four of their 13 attempts were on target (United managed seven out of 12). Ralf Rangnick rightly argued that United should have scored three by half-time, but failed to add that the same was true of their opponents. On the right, Stuart Armstrong kept bustling into good positions without finding the finishing touch. In the middle, Armando Broja bothered the United centre-backs with his strength and ingenuity but only troubled David de Gea once. The other centre-forward, Che Adams, took the equaliser beautifully but only after wasting a couple of early chances, one of them when he slipped in front of a near-open goal and ended up heading the ball sideways. For all their energy and cohesion, Southampton are missing Danny Ings. Struggling to break into Steven Gerrard’s Villa side, he would surely be starting if he’d stayed at St Mary’s.
|Seriously a round of applause ....|
at 09:50 24 Jan 2022
For the performance.
I am guilty as anyone of moaning and seeing the negatives too often. But most of us thought we were going to get a routine beating and even feared another record hammering.
I have to say though that despite their obvious superiority we fought really hard and every player put in a hundred per cent. I can even forgive Forster doing what he does when there's a cross into the box (bites fist...), because to be fair to him he made some fantastic saves.
Any point you get against City is a real bonus and they earned it this weekend.
|Carvalho at Fulham|
at 10:21 19 Jan 2022
Looks a great player and we are linked with him. Seems a Saints signing, young, huge potential and out of contract this summer.
If the new owners could get him in that would be a fantastic.
at 10:48 12 Jan 2022
Signing him would be great wouldn't it. I think he's going to go on to be a top striker so I think whatever Chelsea want would be a good investment. I can only imagine we would get him for the next two years but he is a genuine goalscorer.
That said I do think Chelsea are well aware of what they have and his performances for us will have cemented that. I think they might bin off Werner next season and there would be space for Broja. Shame but there it is, he is their player.
The third option is that he doesn't want to go back but that doesn't mean he will stay here. If he wants out Chelsea would still be within their rights to sell to anyone and I'm sure he won't be short of good offers.
Overall I'm just going to enjoy watching whilst he's here.
at 10:53 10 Jan 2022
With Digne likely to go there for 25 mill, what does the future hold for Targett. I thought he was doing quite well but I'm sure Digne will be first choice.
I checked a villa message board and let's just say they are less than impressed with Targett. I imagine he'll stay there as back up enjoying his big salary.
|Where is our problem defensively? |
at 09:44 7 Jan 2022
Seeing the games and reading the match reports (and various podcasts) the consensus is that we expect to let in goals. In fact in a lot of games our defending is often described as shambolic. Why is this?
Most fans seem happy with the personnel. Livramento is highly thought of, KWP similar.
Many fans think Salisu is the next VvD and there is a lot of support for Bednarek and Stephens (who some fans think should be playing for England!).
So if they are so good, how come we defend so poorly at times?
For me the issues still lies at centre back. I still don't think we have solved our long term issue there. Bednarek is limited. good at interceptions and last ditch tackles, but not calm under pressure and easily bullied. Salisu is still very raw. He often dives in to try and intercept but gets it wrong and the attacker is away. He also is always treading a fine line with his tackles and gives a away a lot of free kicks (and collects cards).
Stephens veers wildly between solid and absolutely all at sea. Lyanco is a bit unknown right now, could be a cult hero but that doesn't mean he's going to be reliable week in week out.
All of them look like they would benefit from playing with a more experienced head but we've been saying that for years. Is is down to Ralph? He's had 3 years and we still look shakey.
What I'm saying is that all those defenders have their supports, yet the combination on the pitch just does not seem to work.
at 10:04 14 Dec 2021
Lots of talk that he is leaving Spurs in January.
Would we take him on loan?
As usual there are internet experts who call him lazy and unprofessional. Many journo's say he is a quiet lad that needs an arm around him to produce his best. He certainly got the Luke Shaw treatment from Mourinho.
At his best he has been one of the best English players for a period of time so there must be a player in there. Even Ferguson said he was destined for the top.
Personally I'd take a chance on him if the deal is right. He could be the number 10 we are missing if RH can restore his confidence. I think he might get better offers than us though. Perhaps he's the type Newcastle might throw money at.
But a bit like Willshire I expect he will completely divide opinion.
|Poor old Everton. |
at 10:26 2 Dec 2021
They seem to be absolute uproar.
There were posts from their game at the weekend where they were abusing the team at the end of the match and of course they are in meltdown after last night.
Today I posted the following after their match report on the mail website.
" Everton fans say they are a special set of supporters, yet they lose a few and they walk out the ground or abuse their team. Gotta say I'm enjoying it as they gave Saints loads of stick when they took Koeman and spent 500 million - telling us they are heading for the champions league. How's that going for them?"
About an hour later I have been getting texts from the Mail saying that "due to the number of complaints we have received about this comment we have decided to remove it from the site." Seriously? Everton fans complained about that?? What a world we live in.
at 15:27 2 Nov 2021
So what is the deal? He's our player but Chelsea have a buy back clause.
What does that mean?
That when we want to sell or he wants to leave we have to offer him to Chelsea first at a pre-arranged price? I've heard somewhere near 40 mill.
So what happens if he would be worth say 60 on the open market? We just have to swallow it? Anyone know ?
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