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Why Southampton Can't Let Danny Ings Go Cheaply !
at 13:22:41

so much terrible waffle being written in the close season as regards the transfer market.The reality is theres no money, very few clubs can afford to buy or sell against the background of empty stadiums.I even doubt whether many clubs can afford their wage bills,Spurs being one of them.Only a couple of clubs can afford to buy Ings or even Vestergaard at the moment.Reality is very little business is going to get done this year as clubs hold out and let contractsrun down whileawaiting realignment of player values in a depressed market.The exception to the rule is Man Utd which is a global brand and can afford ro pay more.
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Why Southampton Can't Let Danny Ings Go Cheaply !
at 13:22:35

so much terrible waffle being written in the close season as regards the transfer market.The reality is theres no money, very few clubs can afford to buy or sell against the background of empty stadiums.I even doubt whether many clubs can afford their wage bills,Spurs being one of them.Only a couple of clubs can afford to buy Ings or even Vestergaard at the moment.Reality is very little business is going to get done this year as clubs hold out and let contractsrun down whileawaiting realignment of player values in a depressed market.The exception to the rule is Man Utd which is a global brand and can afford ro pay more.
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Saints V Liverpool The Preview
at 12:10:48

Seen in the independent this morning .. joke pf the weekend for me had to share this!
"Jurgen Klopp’s team beat Norwich City 4-1 on the opening night of the season and then travelled to Istanbul, Turkey where they defeated Liverpool on penalties to win the European Super Cup."
Bet that took a little doing aha
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Why Saints Should Cut Their Losses And Sell Sofiane Boufal
at 12:20:46

Am I so glad that its not the average english football supporter weaned on kick and rush who is taking decisions as to who stays or goes at Saints. The last player to have Boufals type of flair was Le Tiss and you want to get rid of him ...
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Hughes Needs To Instill The Passion
at 07:06:53

Saints just dont seem prepared to spend the sort of money needed to attract top players to the club. Im afraid Vestergaard and Ings excluded I dont see the quality needed to win games in the Premiership. Austin seems washed up Gabbiadini a back up only JWP not premiership class and most of the others would not hold down a place at a top six team.We could not beat Bournemouth at the moment.
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It Could Be Nice For Boufal
at 14:38:00

Im really not happy with the way that the club has handed Boufal. There could be a language problem, I dont know, but it wouldnt surprise me.He did ok under the only french speaking manager we had, except that the style of play did not really suit him. The other issue is the fans attitude towards him he has exceptional ball dribbling talent but all too many seem to want a hoof it approach to football which went out in the seventies.As for his fallout with Hughes . What does Hughes expect? He has to be frustrated, the team was crap last year and he still couldnt get a game, Hughes comes along changes little and Boufal is still out in the cold. Id refuse to warm up as well under those circumstances. He needs and deserves another chance.
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VesterGaard Transfer Delay
at 02:11:15

theres no truth in the rumor that Saints are after Marlon Santos just agent talk hed be a complete waste of money just not good enough anyway


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2017/18 Season Review - Jan Bednarek
at 16:54:26

Ive watched a lot of Saints games from Portugal and I cant understand why Saints fans keep having a go at our central defenders. Yoshida does make errors but to me Stephens has let no one down and has often impressed. Saints have far greater priorities than at centre half a top class attacking mid, plus the rehab of Boufal are the priorities along with a top striker like Bas Dost who could become available at Sporting Lisbon. Yes Saints have let goals in they should not have but the major share of the blame must lie in midfield as Romeu has been poor this season, and our defence has been over exposed as a result. Get William Carvalho in and that particular problem is solved. Available on a free transfer too. Many of Sporting s players are leaving having cancelled their contracts legally because of physical assault and lack of support from the club president. Saints need to be somewhere near the front of the queue for some of their players.
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Mark Hughes Appointed As Saints Boss
at 08:36:37

what really disappoints me about fellow Saints fans is the low priority they put on players with real flair. First it was Ramires, now its Boufal and both have been misused by the club. its shameful really. Played out of position , misunderstood, I m guessing there was a language problem, but really its no excuse.What proves the difference there is between how British people see football lies in what was said in the recent video: Boufal is seen as a failure and the next remark was that Saints were strong in midfield. Trite rubbish if you ask me. The reason Saints performed so badly this season was that we had no one of any account in midfield other than defensive mids and the failure to play Boufal in his favored position.
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Saints Fans Are Restless !
at 10:14:07

I think theres more to this delay than meets the eye, one of the clubs major signings was Boufal, and hes not been able to deliver. There is a language problem, Hughes probably speaks no french do not be surprised if someone else is appointed who can. If he was throwing toys out of the pram when the club was at crisis point theres a serious reason , Boufal is talking of leaving when hes only just signed. Its not good enough, and I expect the Board will be concerned about what has happened to a major investment at the club. I can hazard a guess that Boufal was being asked to play out of position, hed suffered from that throughout his Saints career, he needed an extended stretch in his preferred position and did not get it. id be pissed off too frankly. he is by the way a central mid not a winger.
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Ralph Krueger Speaks
at 10:45:11

id give my eye teeth to be there when saints have their annual get together later this year. It clearly should not run smoothly. I always worry when people start to rely on longevity as the source of their wisdom: Kruegers quote of being in sport for forty years is a classic example. Its nonsense of course, both in term of years, and in terms of relevant experience. Im disappointed Leitch didnt attack Krueger on the grounds that the ownership was merely concerned to take out of the club by selling our best players, which so nearly cost us our premiership status, instead of spending on the team. We should all know b y now Krueger was put in place to manage PR in the wake of KL's extraction of her "investment", it was always a dangerous policy and it nearly cost us disastrously.
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The Players Need To Step Up To The Plate !
at 11:24:23

even more so now f as I imagine Pellegrino knows hes lost his job already regardless of what happens this season..not going to trying very hard to change things is he
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Now Saints Have A Better Squad Than Last Year !
at 09:02:53

ridiculous statement
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Day 31 ! Day Of Destiny
at 09:46:24

I am worried that we have had our hands tied by the terms of the agreement with the premier league when Gao bought his shareholding. he is banned from exporting cash because of his possible involvement on a corruption scandal in China, and that meant he had to borrow cash outside of China to complete his purchase. The league then turned him down as a fit and proper person, and that's when a business plan was brought out to enable completion. its likely that under the plan Gao has had to agree terms on the repayment of his loan, which needless to say has to come out of Saints income. You have to ask how much of the VVD money has had to be committed to the repayment scheme thus hampering Saints in the transfer market.
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Saints Drop Into Bottom Three !
at 18:34:27

my sad feeling is that the club is having its future dictated to it by an apathetic board whose only agenda this season has been to pay off Liebherr and support their new owner who took Liebherrs place purely on borrowed money. In that context given that the Chinese are unable to export funds from their home land you have to conclude that if they are to pay off the massive 200 million loan they took on it will have to come from player sales. In normal circumstances this inept manager would have been sacked long ago which merely underlines the fact that the board has no intention to invest further in the club this year and are prepared to allow the club to drop back a division. I also suspect it would suit them down to the ground to be relegated as then their top players will leave for good money enabling Gao to pay off his loan. Please remember that he was deemed to be unsuitable for ownership of the club by the premier league who then changed their minds on appeal. that would indicate to me some sort of plan to repay the 200 million having been approved by the league and therefore what im saying is probably not far from the truth. Walcott for instance was never anything other than a loan prospect. Saints would not spend 20 m on somebody 28 nearly 29 years old .It will be a lot cheaper for Gao to finance player purchase in the championship having paid off his loan into the bargain .Football issues dont really come into the present scenario at all.
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Where Is The Central Defensive Signing ?
at 16:06:03

sorry I cant agree.Saints main problems do not lie in central defense at all, Stephens has barely put a foot wrong when called upon and can only get better.The main reason for not scoring goals is the failure to make decent chances all Saints work is via the channels out wide and teams have sussed that and in any event crosses from out wide are relatively easy to defend against.,good teams have a strong attacking mid presence and are capable of varying their play through the middle something that Saints have singularly failed to do all season. Davis is well past his best and was never really suited to that role anyway. The fact is good attacking mids of proven quality can cost you 50 million and are Saints even likely to shell that amount out for a player. if not our only hope is to promote from within giving Hesketh and Sims a a chance is not desperation they are good players, time to give them a chance.
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Saints V Burnley The Verdict !
at 14:01:59

am gladandexcited to see Boufal coming into his own but he does need need support from midfield and i ofak
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Pellegrino Needs To Play To Our Strengths Not Our Weakness
at 09:44:54

well well thats more like it Nick. Idont want to be too provocative but an englishman who understands how football should be played!!I completely agree with you for once. Unfortunately run of the mill managers tend to be just that, and totally inflexible. What I liked about Pochetino is that he was prepared to innovate when required. The guy we have now doesnt and nor does Puel.They get their teams to play one way and thats it. Dont believe me? go take a reading on Alaves performances last season you ll soon get the message. Except tha Alavesdid nnot have the talent we currently have at the club. But we do have players with considerable ability, Boufal in particular,s ffs can we please see a formaion that can accomodate that kind of abilty. You cant expect the boy to take on the entire opposition all the time, yet he has done it twice out of sheer . And pulled it off !!! that incidentally was what his touch line antics were all about and not as the papers would have it demonstrating against his manager. Just sheer frustration.if Saints dont pull their socks up he will be asking to leave , mark my words.If you want to keep a player as good as that you have to have a coach who is up to dealing with that kind of ability. Pelllegrino is not your boy.
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Ronald Koeman Sacked By Everton !
at 19:07:29

whats the betting Pellegrino will be next hes done nothing at Southampton. Get rid.Clueless..
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Saints Fans Have To Give Pellegrino Time
at 11:00:34

this is not about points league placings or success.. but about playing style, just as it was with Puel. Saints have become boring to watch. its just not the Southampton way. I also get the feeling that Pellegrino is not going to give academy players a chance, he even sent Gallagher out on loan again..its also about team selection. Long over Austin and Gabbiadini ? come on..
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