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24 May 2019 14:47:19
not sure how many of you knew this already but Martyn Glover is set to take over as Head scout on June 1st. Signed a contract in April but has to wait for his Everton contract to run out.

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17 May 2019 23:37:59
Heard a few reports from some contacts 'in the know' regarding some growing noise around Standard Liege's Moussa Djenepo and Ademola Lookman - both pacey versatile wingers who would each cost about £20m.

Apparently movement has already begun and we could see a firm offer or even a deal being struck in the next few weeks for one of them - snapping up both is highly unlikely and Hasenhuttl would prefer Djenepo if only one were acquired.

At least we're sounding out the right areas needed for improvement if this if accurate - Adams, Maehle and a CB and I'm happy.

Also just read some reports from Liverpool that Lallana could be heading back our way? Not sure how I feel about that - 31 now and has done little in recent years due to injury - the price he'd cost I'm not sure would be good business on our part.

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18 May 2019 14:12:23
No to Lallana. Doesn't fit our age policy, and bar Ings I don't think we take former players back. In a playing capacity, I mean. Djenepo rumours seem more realistic and reasonable than the Augustin and Mitrovic ones. I'd like him and Adams to join if all five of Boufal, Elyounessi, Austin, Carrilo, and Gallagher leave. Having Redmond, Sims, Adams, Ings, Obafemi, either Djenepo or Lookman, and Long to battle out for the forward slots look good enough for me. I read that we're also looking at Evan N'dicka (center back) of frankfurt although not sure how accurate that is. And the media says we're targeting either Maehle or Ranger's Tavernier for the right back slot as well.

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18 May 2019 15:15:47
Would love the N’Dicka rumours to come to fruition, and happy with that potential front line. If we give Boufal another go and bring in one of those wingers, plus Adams and one of those two right backs for around £60m, I’d be delighted.

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14 May 2019 12:10:59
Morning eds

Whenever you're ready to or have sufficient information would you be able to tell us of interest in our players. including the ones that are already out on loan, the ones that we are hoping to shift and the players that we wish to keep but may have alerted other clubs with their decent/ improved form. please?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think there is anything new just yet.}

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14 May 2019 16:56:14
Early days I guess. Thanks anyway! Hope you get some downtime before silly season start! Lol.

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14 May 2019 12:28:05
"Southampton have made an offer for Palermo's Macedonian pair Ilija Nestorovski and Aleksandar Trajkovski. "

Just seen this posted on the main site. any truth? Any idea of who they even are? Lol.

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14 May 2019 18:27:49
I think that Nestorovski is Palermo's captain but other than that I don't know anything about him. Can't say I've even heard of Trajkovski.

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10 May 2019 16:28:43
Reports circulating that we're looking to bring in Mitrovic from Fulham for £30M. I think he could do well for us but I wouldn't want to pay that much for him.

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10 May 2019 21:09:19
Him and Danny would be a great pair. Also make us less of a ‘nice team’. He certainly has the ability to do well for us. £20m and I’d think about it but even then it’s pretty pricey for a forward who’s been relegated and only scored a dozen goals this season.

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11 May 2019 20:45:37
I agree that the price seems a little steep but he was bought for £22-27M last season and has been very good in the PL. 11 goals and 3 assists for a 19th placed team is excellent. He also sounds a bit more realistic than Augustin.

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12 May 2019 10:23:38
I think this would be a good buy. I've thought we could use a decent target man for a while. My concern with him was whether he suits Hassenhutl's style, which seems a lot more based on speed and stamina. So I didn't think we'd go for him, but if we do sign him I'll be happy since he's young, has an eye for goal, a bit of an edge to him and if we sign him, RH obviously thinks he fits his style.

With him as a target man with Redmond and another quick signing - Augustin, Lookman, etc - either side I think we'd look very dangerous.

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12 May 2019 20:42:04
Think you are right on cost and that he'll be cheaper than Augustin, but Ralph seems to play 2 up top. So Danny to play along side with Redmond to replace Danny when injured, otherwise play supporting. Loosen is a good shout.

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04 May 2019 04:45:08
Newly promoted Sheffield United prioritizes making the transfer of first choice loanee keeper Henderson from Man Utd into a permanent one. Heard if that doesn't go through they'll be looking at Joe Hart or big FF.

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04 May 2019 12:25:22
Ralph likes Fraser (might even give him a start before the end of the season) can’t see us letting him go, more likely McCarthy will be off.

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04 May 2019 13:14:30
Even if the only reason Forster made the bench recently is because McCarthy's injured? Before then he's nowhere near the team sheet.

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04 May 2019 16:46:30
Don't think that Fraser will have gained much confidence from today's performance.

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04 May 2019 16:46:59
Good call SaintySaint.

Think today was hopefully a final chance from Ralph at those who have to prove they’re worthy. So Forster, Stephens and Elyounoussi should be gone in a month.

Clearly players on holiday after a fine effort over the past few months which is understable if not incredibly frustrating to see against a not great WH side who have done the double over us.

This must surely show Ralph our need for another CB and attacker or two as well as competition for Valery. He can only do so much when we have players making stupid errors game in game out.

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05 May 2019 11:17:51
Agreed GGsy

Stephens has to go. He was awful yesterday and just isn't up to speed for the prem.
Stephens out with a very good quality cb coming in would give us bednarek, new signing, with vestergaard and yoshida as back up plus youth.
Elyounnoussi. it's clear he hasn't done enough to convince Ralph. Even sims has moved ahead of him it seems, so he needs to go. Can boufal come back in jump on Ralph's train or not? Unsure
I think forster playing is probably us putting him in the shop window. Letting teams know that he's there and he's playing again. Hopefully someone takes him on. I'd let him go for a couple of million if it meant us not having to pay his massive wage.

We need to get rid of a lot of players and bring in 3 maybe 4 really good replacements.

My squad for next year would be
GK: Gunn, McCarthy
RB: valery, new signing
CB: Bednarek, vestergaard, yoshida, new signing + youth
LB: Bertrand, targett
CDM: hojbjerg (new contract please) romeu, lemina, reed + youth
WING/ AM: JWP, sims, Redmond, Armstrong, New signing, Boufal? + youth
ST: Ings, Long, obafemi, new signing + youth.

That's 4 new players to improve us, still leaving a pathway for the academy And leaves us needing to sell:
Forster, Cedric, Stephens, hoedt, clasie, elyounoussi, Boufal? Gallagher, carrillo.
The selling will be the hardest part.

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05 May 2019 13:50:30
Reckon if Ralph stays another two years we’ll have our next crop of Liverpool-bound homegrown stars - Klarer, Sims, Obafemi, Valery, Smallbone etc

Forster, if Sheffield U don’t want him, I could see going to Stoke to replace Butland for £3/ 4m or maybe even Huddersfield as Lossl wants out.
Cedric shouldn’t be too hard a sell if his loan move isn’t made permanent - 10/ 12m.
Boufal I want to be given a chance, if not I reckon someone in the Netherlands or France would want to take him on for £12/ 13m.
Clasie would also be desirable in that part of the world - if not he could suit a very open Norwich side for 6/ 8m.

The rest are going to be hard - Carrillo I want to see more of, if not we’re never getting out £19m back (thanks Pellegrino), Stephens probably won’t want to drop down a league but he probably belongs at Forest or Swansea. Gallagher in a similar situation and standard.

Elyounoussi and Hoedt I pray some poor gullible sod fancies them. Leeds seem pretty bonkers, maybe they’re part of the Zidane rebuild at Real. God knows. But with that much cash and salary space - even more if Lemina wants out - there’s room for two young signings and two (CB and ST) that are a bit more wow. I am quite excited about this window - as long as we’re more noisy than Spurs this time!

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05 May 2019 16:13:04
Think you're being a bit optimistic with the valuation of our players lol
Think we'd be lucky to get 7m for Cedric. 12 months on his contract.
We paid 8m for clasie, won't be getting that back. Also only 12 months left on contract.
Carrillo probably just end up getting loaned again unless we take a huge hit on his value. I reckon 10m at a push.

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07 May 2019 01:05:20
I agree with much of the above, bar transfer values. From what I have been reading, Boufal and Hoedt could stay at Celta if we were to accept low transfer values. Boufal for.

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07 May 2019 03:51:52
Mo has to go. Austin can leave as well, maybe take one of gallagher or Carillo (didn't think he was given a proper go) . Get Adams and Augustin in, a defender like Orban or that Frankfurt guy, and Maehle. Cedric Steph, FF, Clasie can go as well. One of Reed or Lemina to go as well. As well as McQueen.

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21 Apr 2019 01:30:59
HI ed’s. I was wondering if you are able to give us information as to how good the appointment of Martyn Glover as Chief Scout is? At first glance he appears to be a rather uninspired choice. Though part of me wonders how much responsibility he bares for the poor recruitment at both Sunderland and Everton during his respective tenures.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure why you are uninspired or what your expectations are, but I cannot help a great deal as I don't know Martyn Glover, and I know little about him. Certainly it makes sense to get out of Everton where the Director of Football effectively demoted him and the owner is taking advice from a third party which is problem. As far as I know he is well respected and he was at West Ham at one time and you might get a better answer from their fans. Sorry I cannot really help.}

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21 Apr 2019 13:37:05
Thanks Ed. Appreciate the response.

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18 Apr 2019 13:17:28
I know we are not yet mathematically safe yet eds, but we're getting there. so. wondered if you had any news. on players we have interest in or that other clubs have in ours. saw a post elsewhere that wolves had "agreed deals for Redmond and vestergaard" which sounded like laughable BS but I imagine there will be some. intereted parties in the likes of jwp, hojbjerg and Redmond.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - to my knowledge various levels of interest has been shown in the following, but I have not checked for a while:

Rafael Toloi (CB)
Gary Cahill (CB)
Kalvin Phillips (DM)
Danny Drinkwater (CM)
Thomas Goiginger (CM)
Andre Schurrle (LW/F)
Edin Dzeko (S) an enquiry has been made but I doubt it will go anywhere
Danny Ings (S) loan to permanent
Shoya Nakajima (S)
}

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18 Apr 2019 21:38:43
Many thanks ed.

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19 Apr 2019 19:03:10
Cahill, Drinkwater, Schurrle and Dzeko are too old in my view. Not sure about Toloi and Nakajima but I like the look of Goiginger. I like the look of Kalvin Phillips who I think I'm right in saying can play centre back as well as defensive midfield but would Leeds want to sell especially as it seems like they may be in the Premier league themselves next season.

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20 Apr 2019 00:41:04
Fancy a return to the transfer days of old. One day we’ll see a tweet announcing someone we haven’t been linked with and hardly anyone has heard of, and he’ll fly.

Not sure why but I could see Ralph bringing in a Dzeko-type (not Dzeko, too expensive) - a proven goal scorer who’s a bit older but has the experience and nous to mould with the young vibrancy of our attackers which could complement each other nicely. Someone like Modeste of Köln - 31 but averaging 15 goals a season. Or Lewandowski or Müller.

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01 May 2019 13:31:06
You say Dzeko too expensive, then you mention Lewandowski or Muller lol, they would be even more expensive and way out of our league.

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13 Apr 2019 16:51:30
Surely that's us safe now! Huge win, thought we had a chance given how low Wolves must have felt after last weekend. Eight clear of Cardiff and Brighton dropping like a stone - their match on Tuesday is a bit of a Swansea-Saints last season I feel. Given who they both have to play, they aren't both catching.

Newcastle, Watford, West Ham, Bournemouth and Huddersfield left. We'll have plenty in the bank. We aren't going down. Now let's get a good replacement for Krueger in and start getting immersed into the scouting of summer recruits. Give Ralph everything that he wants! The man is a hero.

Here's to a great 2019/ 20 season. Onwards and upwards.

COYS.

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14 Apr 2019 09:16:16
Hi giggsy,

Great performance from the whole team, I agree we are practically safe, let's just play out the last few games with the same spirit! I think the summer will be interesting, I am not predicting many players coming in as there are so many loan issues to be resolved. I raise a possible contentious issue, I am a great admirer of Danny Ings but I fear is he genuinely fit enough long term to commit £20m to buy him? We haven't had him fit for the whole season and I genuinely like him but we cannot afford to carry another potential injury worry. Anyone else with the same concerns? As always coyr. Regards vs.

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14 Apr 2019 10:27:31
His transfer is mandatory if what I read at the time was correct, so we don't have a choice.

Either way, I'd say its worth it. He showed his quality again yesterday - players like that are hard to find. We need to find another as it is (I don't expect Austin to be here next year, or think that he should, and if Long stays it needs to be as our 3rd) .

I think a healthy Danny Ings has 20 goals in him playing in the side I saw play yesterday. There are questions over his ability to stay healthy, but I'll take that over whoever else we'd bring in, who'd likely have questions over their actual ability!

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14 Apr 2019 10:44:10
I agree - he was fantastic yesterday. Hopefully Ralph can keep him fit but I think it’s an obligation to buy so we will have to see - given a long rest maybe he can fully recooperate.

No doubt that we need another RB, probably a CB, and a forward or two. We’ve already expressed interest in Maehle and Adams - hopefully those two for £15m, plus profits if we sell Clasie, Forster, maybe Lemina, and probably Boufal and Carrillo will balance the books to get in some more resources.

I think we could see some academy products begin to come through now - Klarer has been immense for the U23s (still only 19/ 20 I think), and he’s Austrian - maybe Ralph can work some magic there.

But regardless - give Ralph a ten year contract, give him as much money as you can find, let him mould his team - the groundwork has already been laid - and we can be next season’s Wolves (or a 2015/ 16 Saints if you will) - challenge for cups, give the top six teams a real go and see how far up the table we can get.

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20 Apr 2019 19:17:29
Think we are still in danger. We probably need to win 1 game and draw 2 to be safe.

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12 Apr 2019 23:38:57
Ralph Kruger on his way out according to clubs Facebook feed today.

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12 Apr 2019 11:58:07
Krueger has 'departed' the club.
People were calling for him, Hughes and Reed to go, now they have.
Wonder what's happening behind the scenes now then. Is the summer war chest being readied?

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12 Apr 2019 15:39:37
I'd love to think Mitchell was being brought "home" and given the reigns but maybe that's a little optimistic.

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13 Apr 2019 06:09:42
Would love to see Phil Giles of Brentford to come in some capacity.

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29 Mar 2019 06:58:02
All been very quiet on here for a while. unlike some. of the other club pages!
Ed I know you're getting hassled left, right and centre on some of the other pages, but wondered if you had anything new for us in terms of transfers in/ out and what the plans are for our many loanees.
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I know of nothing new at the moment and much will depend on where Southampton end up at the end of the season.}

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29 Mar 2019 10:15:21
Pretty much what I expected lol. Thanks for the reply 👍.

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29 Mar 2019 21:09:38
Supposing that we do stay in the premier league MilkySaint who would you like to see in / out?

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31 Mar 2019 10:53:51
I wrote out a pretty long and detailed response teejay and then deleted it by accident so let's hope this one makes it! 😂

I'm not in the know enough about who I'd want to bring in. we're obviously not going to be bringing in big names or spend mega money and my knowledge of the football world. isn't what it used to be.

We do however have a squad that is far too big when you consider the players we have out on loan so my list of who should leave is a bit more comprehensive.

I think Austin will leave this summer and possibly long, although the manager might like him as an option off the bench. Ralph needs to decide if Gallagher is good enough to make the grade and actually play at this level. If he can't consistently challenge for a starting place then I feel we should let him. go for the sake of his career. That could potentially leave us with just ings and obafemi, so we desperately need at least one striker who can score and stay fit. Carrillo isn't going to play under Ralph I doubt, so let's find a buyer for him.

I would like to see whether boufal can be reintegrated and push himself to Ralph's standards of effort and fitness. If he can then we may have a real player on our hands. If not then he has to be SOLD and not just loaned. Again sims and hesketh need to either grab their chances in pre-season or be sold to further their careers instead of wasting it as back ups to our back up. I may get shot down here but I would love to see lallana back. His wages are probably too high but his quality on the ball and pressing is still great, if he stays fit for long enough. He would add creativity that we lack behind the front men.

I think our midfield is very good as it is so I don't think we need any additions. other than getting hojbjerg signed on a new contract! If we got offered decent money for lemina I would be happy to let him go. This would possibly give an opportunity to Harrison reed to step up and finally challenge for a place in the first team. He's had 2 successful loans in the championship. Like sims and Gallagher its now or never really. Clasie should hopefully be sold or released this year.

At the back I think Stephens should be sold. I just don't think he quite has the quality for the premier league. Hoedt needs to be sold, even if it's at a loss. Ralph doesn't rate him. We need a new RB to challenge with Valery and a new competent, demanding, top quality CB to in alongside bednarek with vestergaard and yoshida providing back up and competition. Targett and Bertrand are good a LB. Gunn is obviously our number 1 now so one (or both with a replacement) of McCarthy and/ or forster should be sold too.

This would raise some. decent funds and cut the wage bill, allowing for a higher grade of player to join the squad. our sales department have their work cut out this summer! Haha.

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31 Mar 2019 16:56:00
I agree with pretty much everything you say Milky. I would love to see Boufal back provided that he has grown up a bit and has a better attitude. Maybe Ralph would get him into the right frame of mind. Lemina can do a good job for us when he's in the mood but he seems to have too many off days. We definitely need a good striker in and Austin, Long and Carillo sold. Bednarek is our best central defender by far and we need another in to play alongside him. I agree that Yoshida and Vestergaard are good back up options. Left side of defence pretty good but back up needed for Valery. I also agree with shipping out McCarthy and Forster and bringing in a younger keeper to back up Gunn. I see your point about Lallana but I really don't think that I would want him back nor do I think that he would take the sort of drop in wages required to rejoin us. I'm hoping that Ralph has a couple of players in mind that he feels will fit with his way of playing. Everything is hypothetical at the moment of course as we are not guaranteed to be playing premier league football next season yet but yesterday's result and Chelsea's lucky smash and grab at Cardiff has given us a little breathing space. Hopefully pick up a couple more wins and we'll be safe. Really looking forward to a full season under Ralph.

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31 Mar 2019 18:18:51
We've suffered some dodgy decisions in our time so. while it is harsh on Cardiff, I'm glad. it gives us a little breathing space. No time to take our foot off the gas though. Need to keep pressing on. Yes hypothetical, but may be some of the names we were linked with in January will come through. Che Adams and mearhle the Danish RB?

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01 Apr 2019 12:37:03
Adams gone a bit quiet last couple of weeks but still rate him. With Birmingham struggling and could even be relegated he could be available for less than originally thought. Can't comment on Mearhle as I've not seen much of him.

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02 Apr 2019 16:36:37
Don’t really want us to splash mega cash - no big money signings have ever worked for us. Buy several young players for £6-10m, who can prove themselves and show off to the rest of the world in a Saints shirt.

Get rid of the six or seven pieces of deadwood and replace them with five young, fit, energetic players who will fit Ralph’s style, and we could push Wolves for seventh and potentially Europe next season.

Also feel like Ralph could win a cup if he’s with us for two more years.

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10 Mar 2019 22:39:39
I think it's all down to us, Burnley and Cardiff - looking at run ins, Newcastle, Palace and Brighton will probably just about have enough, but Burnley and Cardiff have quite frankly vile finishes to the season compared to us.

Burnley have Leicester, Wolves, Bournemouth and Cardiff before they finish with Chelsea, City, Everton and Arsenal - they may well nick 2 or 3 points from those final four but from the next three only maybe 3 or 4 - that'll give them about 36 excluding the Cardiff home game.

Cardiff have Chelsea and City in their next two before Burnley, finishing with Liverpool, Fulham, Palace, Brighton and United - they'll probably beat Fulham and maybe Palace at home if that's do or die, which leaves them with 34 excluding the Burnley game.

That means 37 points minimum will grant safety - 38 for sure, 34 if Burnley beat Cardiff (GD is far superior), so we need 8 from 8 at worst, four at best. Brighton away will now be tough - if we turn up we win, if we don't we lose, anything in between and it'll probably be a draw. I'd love to give Liverpool a game, especially if it dents their title chances - VVD own goal would be lovely - but we will most likely not get anything.

Wolves home and Newcastle away are games we can quite easily win or lose, but it'd expect our next four form guide to be DLDL. Thankfully after that we play four teams with nothing to play for - BOU h, WAT a, WHU a and HUD h - could win all four, I'd expect us to win the home games, and probably nick a draw somewhere, which is 39 and safety.

I think Ralph will see us home - I think we will win at least two of our last four home games and WAT a, WHU a, BHA a and NEW a are games we should be looking to get something from. The last ten days have been huge - 6pts from 3 games without Danny, and seeing how we're playing I don't see us being relegated now.

And if that is the case, I am so excited about next season - if Ralph gets the players he wants, I think it could be us, Wolves and maybe Leicester challenging for potentially a Europa league spot, and maybe another cup run to boot.

Also delighted to see the pages so quiet the last couple weeks - that can only mean we're playing well and aren't baying for blood!

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11 Mar 2019 09:57:17
I don't really want to predict our results anymore. After we only took 2 points from Palace, Burnley and Cardiff. 3 results that could have defined our season. I don't want it to be like last season where other teams results define our fate. I think the result on Saturday was brilliant. I'm hoping we can get more results like this, I wouldn't be surprised if RH keeps the same team that scored the two goals against Spurs for the next run of games. We don't have an out and out striker anymore to rely on goals and it's going to be risky relying on JWP to score most of our goals forward, we just need good moves and someone at the end of it, i. e. Valery on Saturday.

We play best against the top teams that want to come and play football and control the game. Leaving our midfield to press and win the balls in good positions on the field and then break from there. Teams that sit back with players in numbers are the teams that we struggle against hence why we only took a couple of points from the teams around us.

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11 Mar 2019 11:01:52
I still think that we can hit the magic 40 points. 3 wins and a draw from our last 8 games is more than possible. Huddersfield and Fulham already have one foot in the championship so it's down to one of 4 in my opinion as I still think that Brighton could slip up. If we keep playing like we did against United and second half against Spurs I'm sure that we'll be OK.

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11 Mar 2019 15:25:11
I agree - that’s why I’m happy with our fixtures Jay. Hopefully midtable teams running out the season will have a bit of a hung ho attitude to go and try and play attractive football instead of hanging back, that’s where we could prosper - especially at West Ham and Watford to come.

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13 Mar 2019 23:19:43
I think we'll cock up against Brighton; they always see us as the "South Coast Derby" and in comparison, we like to hug them as they are miles away and really don't know what a derby is! 0 points in my opinion.

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09 Mar 2019 19:36:25
Godamn all season I've been asking to get Josh Sims in.

What happens when we do? Man of the match and we beat Tottenham 😎

Now please give the boy a decent run so that we can have a decent run.

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08 Mar 2019 17:27:39
Eds any info on clubs interested in boyata of Celtic? . he's out of contract, not sure how much football he's played this year though. how do you rate him? .
Thanks eds.

{Ed002's Note - I understand Leicester has asked a third party to enquire.}

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09 Mar 2019 09:34:11
Thanks ed. They also have benkovic on loan there don't they?

{Ed002's Note - Right.}

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