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Southampton Add African Club Asante Kotoko SC To List Of Overseas Club Partners
at 12:55:39

Promises to be a very sound strategy and hopefully ties will be made with other African clubs in the near future. Considering the number of top quality African players who have been cultivated by European clubs in recent times this is a great opportunity that has been missed in the past. A boost for Salisu as well to help him feel very much part of Saints future plans.
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Southampton V Shrewsbury Town The Preview
at 12:42:52

Personally I'd play Adams and give him the opportunity to bag some goals and the confidence that comes with hitting the net. N'Lundulu would clearly also benefit from a decent run out and 45mins each could be an option if the goals are forthcoming first half.
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Southampton Change Kit Suppliers For 2021/22 Season
at 11:11:56

Not being one of the supporters who is prone to change I will probably still be wearing my Adidas branded SFC t-shirt for a while to come. I do hope that the Hummel chevrons are a bit more subtle than they were thirty years ago though. Everton's kit isn't too bad apart from the rather odd looking half stethoscope around the neck but then again I don't design the things. Good news though that we have a new commercial partner bringing in some much needed money in the current scheme of things.
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Ralph Hasenhuttl On Chelsea Shortlist
at 11:42:15

To be fair to Nick, TUI wouldn't be much of a forum if he only posted positive material that was frequently of little or no interest. Most of us would agree that RH doesn't look like the type of manager that Chelsea would appoint, but that doesn't mean to say that their owner hasn't decided that players couldn't be produced through an academy rather than cherry picking from other clubs. With immigration rules and work permits coming into play it seems likely that British nationals are going to be easier to sign, rather than talented unknowns from other regions, so we have a manager who could be seen as a very desirable employee with his record of turning sows ears into silk purses. Not many weeks ago Stephens, Vestergaard, N'Lundulu, Walker-Peters and Tella weren't on anyone's radar and now they are all touted by the media pundits as potential signings for "bigger clubs". I don't think RH would be tempted by Chelsea but more interesting opportunities will probably arise if he takes a team of unknowns into European contention.
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Should Southampton Bring Calum Chambers Back To St Mary's
at 11:44:34

I was about to post about waiting to see how Salisu performed in the cup match before we should even consider signing Chambers. Having now read that Salisu is injured and sidelined yet again maybe getting an experienced defender in on loan makes more sense.
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Vestergaard Set To Miss Fulham Trip ! But Who Will Replace Him
at 14:58:46

Following the logic of Salisu not having played, and thus not being match fit, then I presume he will never play because he's never played? If he's fit and as physically strong as we are led to believe then he has to step up before Stephens who has also not played for several matches.
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Ryan Bertrand Wants To Stay At St Mary's As New Deal Gets Nearer.
at 10:23:29

Good news indeed, even though I thought he might be planning to leave and I'm pleased to be proved wrong. Hopefully the wage structure isn't so rigid that his wage demands can be be negotiated without causing friction within the group.
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Saints V Manchester City The Verdict
at 11:00:55

I've got no problems with the substitutions as they gave an opportunity to assess Tella's progress and protected players that we are going to need in the next few weeks from possible injuries. Yes, Diallo could have been brought on but if he's going to play at Fulham then why risk his fitness to replace Romeu? At a guess we'll play Che and Theo up front and have Long on the bench, Armstrong has had a much needed rest and will fit back into midfield. Slightly disappointed in that we didn't get a point against City but the fact is we played a lot better than our heroic efforts to beat them a few months back.
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Saints Again Linked With Manchester Utd Left Back As Contact Negotiations Drag On !
at 13:46:54

The rumours about Williams on loan don't seem to be going away but Vokins has always looked to be a promising player, from my perspective, and I'd be happy to see him given a decent run if Bertrand isn't available. With Sam McQueen seemingly now out of contention with his knee injury that would leave us without any other options on the left as Stephens isn't a viable alternative beyond emergencies. Is it possible that manure have made enquiries about signing Bertrand to prop up their iffy defence and we have said that Williams has to be part of any deal?
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Using The Squad Will Be Key In The Next Few Weeks !
at 17:42:03

I got the impression that Adams was substituted because he had taken a knock on the heel or lower calf region. Like others, I think N'Lundulu is going to prove to be getting more game time sooner than later and Tella could well be above Long in the pecking order as well. Diallo could be given a start against Arsenal as Armstrong isn't looking as sharp as he was before his brush with the virus a few weeks back. Salisu is going to have to wait a bit longer I feel before he gets game time, unless he is played in front of the current central defenders. Absolutely no point in disrupting the Bednarek, Vestergaard partnership unless injury intervenes. Change for change sake is rarely a good choice.
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Saints Will Not Cash In On Danny Ings !
at 11:31:26

I'm guessing that Spurs are behind this, offering more money, unsettling Ings, and financing his wages via a cheapskate transfer fee. The probability of European football next season, at the expense of playing a bench warming role of course, and the possibility of winning a domestic trophy might well be preferable to the high intensity game he is expected to play here. Saints style of play suits younger players with stamina and recent games have demonstrated to me that the likes of Bertrand and Long wont be starters come the end of this campaign. I wouldn't be too surprised if either player moved on if there were bids for their services next month. I'd like Ings to stay but I'm not convinced that he can maintain the physical condition that is demanded by the tactical demands. A tough decision coming up for Ings but we all know that once a head has been turned the outcome has an almost certain inevitability.
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Is Fraser Forster On The Verge Of A Recall !
at 14:43:30

Unless something has dramatically changed in Forsters game I don't see how he can fit into the current pattern of play. Despite his moments of indecision, and ability to make wrong decisions, McCarthy has developed reasonably quick feet enabling him to play the ball from tight situations in the goal area. I can't remember any match where Forster looked comfortable with the ball at his feet and his distribution was erratic to say the least. As far as I'm concerned the only reason Forster is on the bench is to get Gunn out on display at Stoke and attract a buyer.
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Lazio Set To Make Wesley Hoedt Loan Deal Permanent
at 14:33:49

It seems to me that the crucial difference between Vestergaard and Hoedt is that one was willing to learn and adapt and the other new it all and wouldn't adapt.
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A Bad Day At The Office For Saints Now Just Regroup Refocus & Move Forward
at 12:09:26

Once again wrong substitutes at the wrong time. Please trust in N'Lundulu or Tella to play up front rather than the ageing legs of Shane Long. Equally, giving Diallo game time when we're on the back foot is a recipe for disaster, Armstrong needed replacing somewhere between 55 and 60 minutes to consolidate. A bad day at the office agreed, but don't make life easy for the opposition. We can only dream of having a Cavani on the bench but Long isn't the future or even the present these days I'm sorry to say.
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Salisu Closing In ! But Still Not Fit
at 12:40:24

Just possibly the issues might be related to the issues revealed in this article, which implies that there are elements relating to family background and adapting to colder environments, https://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/football/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-southa Seems to unravel a bit of the mystery?
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Ings And Adams Forming The Most Lethal Partnership In The Premier League
at 17:59:40

Not sure about the CID tag Nick but the Ings/Adams understanding is certainly a partnership that will be the envy of many other teams this season, and hopefully for much longer. Despite his limited game time against Everton I was really impressed by Dan N'Lundulu who could be a big star in the near future. Happy days are here again!
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Saints Need To Sign Up Ex Chelsea Duo To New Deals
at 08:59:19

I'll add my agreement to the above positives as well. Both have been instrumental in stabilising the team over the last twelve months and have still got a lot to offer. Romeu is probably playing better than ever and is highly regarded for his professionalism in training and lifestyle. RB was clearly disappointed by his exclusion from the England squad, when he was clearly a better player than those favoured by Southgate, but he has got on with the job and can offer huge experience and benefit of advice to younger players. Sign them both up asap.
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Everton Mind Games Mean Rodriguez May Play Against Saints
at 10:01:24

Huge fingers crossed that Pickford doesn't clatter Danny Ings tomorrow, that would clearly impact on our entire season.
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Saints At Chelsea The Verdict
at 11:44:38

You are so obsessed by our central defenders Nick that you are often oblivious to the quality of attacking players they are up against. Until the last few weeks I would have said that Vestergaard should have been made available for transfer and I'm now seeing, admittedly not the finished article, a decent quality player. Bednarek was at times made to look like a Sunday morning player by Werner but he isn't the first and certainly won't be the last to suffer that fate this season. In my view your mythical experienced defender who never makes a mistake and leads the defence like a super hero isn't going to be available for less than £100 million and, quite frankly, he would also have struggled against Chelsea's attack. Can you please take the positives and accept that the player budget is limited, constantly saying that decent, improving, players are Championship quality takes the edge off a team performance that deserves credit even though not entirely beyond criticism in some aspects. Ings and Adams are becoming a very good partnership, but they don't take every goal scoring opportunity, equally our central defenders aren't perfect but also not the disaster you keep trotting out.
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Saints Stronger After Transfer Window But Again Did Not Address Key Area
at 10:10:59

I realise that you live in hope Nick but considering Everton have just paid £25m to £30m for Ben Godfrey from Norwich I can't see where the defender you wish for is hiding in the lower leagues. Godfrey is 22, so unlikely to be too much of a leader and organiser at present but I think he will become a very good player. Roma seem to have paid about £18m to sign Chris Smalling who is 30 or so and experienced but probably no better than the defenders we have at present. I hope you're right and we can find the elusive leader somewhere down the leagues but would that be at the expense of taking the captaincy from JWP who seems to be growing into the role? Unlike many older players JWP has incredible fitness and stamina which, for me, is more important to RH than a not very mobile player who can't lead by example.
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