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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.}

1.) 14 May 2019 16:56:14
Early days I guess. Thanks anyway! Hope you get some downtime before silly season start! Lol.



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.


1.) 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.



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)

1.) 18 Apr 2019 21:38:43
Many thanks ed.

2.) 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.

3.) 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.

4.) 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.



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.


{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.}

1.) 29 Mar 2019 10:15:21
Pretty much what I expected lol. Thanks for the reply 👍.

2.) 29 Mar 2019 21:09:38
Supposing that we do stay in the premier league MilkySaint who would you like to see in / out?

3.) 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.

4.) 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.

5.) 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?

6.) 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.

7.) 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.



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.}

1.) 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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13 Mar 2019 16:30:31
Southgate slipping in to the ways of previous management and sticking to his "big names" that have done noth8ng all season, instead of picking those on merit and in form. how on earth has trippier got in ahead of wan-bissaka I don't know. Unbelievable that. loftus-cheek has looked promising for England. but he's barely played for Chelsea this season through either injury or just not being selected. And Ross Barkley is pretty much the same. Hardly set the world alight. And then jwp, BANG in form, 5 goals in 8. nothing.
Eds do you have an opinion on this?


1.) 13 Mar 2019 17:51:30
JWP should've been called up. However, 3 weeks in our camp will be much better for him then 2 weeks with Southgate and will prevent any injuries.

2.) 14 Mar 2019 23:42:27
I feel sorry for JWP as he should have been called up but I agree with saintjay . 3 weeks training with the rest of the squad with RH getting them all both physically and mentally fit for the last few weeks of the season will be better for Southampton FC and us as fans. Hopefully 3 wins and 2 draws from our last 8 games.



17 Feb 2019 22:27:11
I heard Charlie Austin had a fondness for getting boozy and probably not looking after himself physically enough. I also remember reading about Jack wilshere and his lifestyle of drinking, smoking etc. They obviously suffer with injuries and I remember in my younger days drinking a lot and suffering with a lot of injuries. Since I cut down on boozing those injuries are less common but have effected my body and quality as a player.

ANYWAY, my question is, what other players in the prem have questionable lifestyle, drinking, smoking (drugs? ) And are they risking or ruining their careers?




31 Jan 2019 12:04:54
Hassenhuttl has said our business is not done yet and they are looking at options. This probably means one of maehle or the Norwegian lad with the morrocan name (I'm not spelling it lol) and probably che Adams which would allow Austin to leave if someone bids for him.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 14:57:14
I know we’re normally quiet about all transfers let alone deadline day deals but I would have expected something by mid afternoon, even murmurings of a player at the training ground or something of the like. Can’t see anything happening at this point but I’m not overly concerned by relegation at this point either way.



19 Jan 2019 17:25:25
"We've wasted all our money on crap like Redmond. Jwp isn't good enough. We should spend more money. All the other teams are outstanding us. We're going to be relegated"

Amazing what a PROPER manager can do with GOOD players. Amazing what PROMISING players can do with PROPER coaching. If we can keep Ralph for a whole season (hopefully longer) then I think some of the players in the squad will progress so well. Hojbjerg, Redmond, jwp, bednarek, valery, targett etc could become VERY good players in the head future.

Up the saints.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 17:38:23
I was thinking today how Redmond has changed since Ralph has taken over. I even recalled how Puel said how good he could be. Now he will never be like Henry, but he is taking to this formation and system really well. JWP has surprised me over the last couple of weeks too. More energy and getting in the shots too. Other standouts were Stevens and Bednarek. Surely pants again at the end but feeling confident for season end.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 17:40:24
A great result, the way we are playing on the front foot, putting other teams under pressure, hitting the woodwork and deserving the victory, a bit of luck with the Digne own goal but caused by the pressure he was under. We look like a team transformed!
RH should have his contract extended now, talent like his will already be on bigger clubs radar. It looks like 2 of the relegation places may be decided with Huddersfield and Fulham now we just need to keep playing in the same way steadily moving up the table. I am really impressed how many of the players are beginning to fulfill their potential so 2019 is looking a lot brighter. coyr.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 23:50:40
Liverpool fan in peace.
Really like your new Manager. Best you've had for a long time.
Good luck for rest of the season.

4.) 20 Jan 2019 09:01:14
Appreciate the post Liver_La definitely our best since Keoman.
Hands off tho if you guys sack Klopp lol.



27 Aug 2018 11:00:16
I don't like to criticise players too much. I think our younger players (targett, jwp etc) will come good, but will they get their chance with us?
However, despite being a huge fan of Cedric when he first joined, I think he is continually letting us down defensively and it's time to shift him on. Let's start giving Harry reed a go. I'd really like to see him given a chance in the league cup.
Poor dive from hojbjerg but he's a player that clearly cares and wants to win.
I think we did some good business in the summer. But I don't know know if the players we've actually bought are solving our problems. we've signed players that we seem unable to incorporate in to the side. Hughes doesn't even know what formation to play, let alone his best 11. I still think we are VERY weak defensively and we still lack a focal point/ target man in attack. Gallagher MIGHT be able to play that role. But it's a lot to ask of him and we don't know if he's cut out to do it at this level, or if he'll even be given the chance to do so. Hoedt looks very very poor. Stephens isn't good enough for this standard. Yoshida will try and has heart and a bit of pace to cover vestergaard, but he always has a costly mistake in him. I think Bertrand needs to go next to vestergaard with Matty targett at left back.





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




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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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13 May 2019 12:10:03
Amazing how many fans still don't realise that we are OBLIGATED to sign Danny ings. He is essentially a Southampton player. Not just a one season loan signing.

Having Gunn as a number 2 is also a pretty terrible shout. He's a good keeper, did very well at Norwich. we didn't spend 13 million on him just to be a number 2 keeper. He also didn't leave man city and sign for us just to be a number 2 either.
He will be our number 1 for hopefully a good couple of years.
I imagine one of either forster or McCarthy will go and the other will provide back up. or we will sell both and buy an experienced keeper as back up.
I agree with most of the rest of your post, Jay. I'd also like to see if boufal can adhere to Ralph's methods (not actually confident he will though) but I don't see what carrillo has done either with us or on loan this year to warrant being selected. he doesn't even seem to fit Ralph's idea of what he wants in a striker. If you want to keep him we may as well keep Gallagher, there about the sake level in terms of ability.




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02 May 2019 23:54:30
What midfielders would you sell? I think our midfield is our strongest area and the players we have their currently are a great mix of youth, experience and offer different qualities.

I agree a rb, cb and striker are priorities and then it depends who we sell from the loan players and maybe we will add another winger with pace?

Looking forward to it tbh.

One thing I did think of today that worried me though. how long has hojbjerg got left on his contract? If it's anything less than 3 years we need to sign him up on someth8ng long term and probably a wage increase. My favourite player in the squad.




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27 Apr 2019 19:00:48
"Release". meaning sell?
I don't see the point in selling Bertrand. He and targett are fantastic options at lb/ lwb.
Ings is our top scorer and offers a lot more than just goals too. We don't need to sell him, we need to add options to compete with him. Hopefully keep him fitter for longer next season and he could get 15 goals for us.

I would suggest keep yoshida and sell Stephens. One of forster and McCarthy should be sold to raise funds and free up wages. Let's keep long. RH likes him. He has 12 months left on his deal. I wouldn't necessarily offer him a new contract but he's ok for another season.

Let Austin go.

The biggest issues in terms of selling are the players on loan such as hoedt, clasie, carrillo, boufal etc. along with the players who have come from the academy but not really broken through. Gallagher, Reed, McQueen.

We need to strengthen, not weaken, and we need to trim the squad size and wage bill. Not to "line the pockets of the owner" like some fans believe, but so we're not throwing money away on players that aren't needed.

Utilize the academy, get another centre back in, a striker, a rw with pace and another rb/ rwb.




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06 Apr 2019 09:32:29
Thought we played really well. First half hour Liverpool were scared of us. Our counter attacking was superb, with neat interchanges and speed bursting forward. We just lacked a little bit of. quality up top. Long did ok, but his first touch is obviously shocking and he should have made it 2-0 really.
In all though I can't fault us. did think it was a bit reckless leaving only Bertrand back on our corner and then sims losing the ball. Lack of experience there, he should have just shot or played it wide. Bertrand did well to hold salah up and prevent the ball to. firmino. in the end Liverpool JUST had a little more about them than us, but I am hugely impressed with how we played.
Ings back and hopefully gets a full run of games till the end of the of the season. We will be fine. Hopefully build in the summer with a few additions but not much more needed in my opinion. We need to sell more than we need to buy.




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03 Apr 2019 12:48:34
Mitrovic is there best player but I dkntnthinknhed actually suit how Ralph wants to play. I was thinking cairney but to be honest they're whole squad looks terrible. I wouldn't be interested in any of them now. Same with Huddersfield. mooy is there best player but is he better than what we have? No.