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25 Sep 2020 09:52:17
Latest link is Ibrahim Sangare, Toulouse box-to-box mid, available for £7m, good things heard of him, part of a relegated side last season but so was Doucoure, but surely worth the punt.

I'll take anyone at this point.


1.) 25 Sep 2020 19:12:26
Fits the Saints policy. Only 22 years old. Quite physical and a decent tackler/ passer. Could fit nicely into Ralph's way of playing and at £7-£8 M fairly priced. I think 1 or 2 other clubs are interested. Let's hope.

2.) 26 Sep 2020 02:50:31
Looks like Sangare is off to PSV Eindhoven. Oh well, onto the next.



20 Sep 2020 10:33:23
The swap deal of Butland-Gunn is apparently back on the cards. Really not what we should be prioritising and can't say I rate Butland very highly having nearly gone down to League 1 with stoke.

Also hearing nothing on a CM in recent days. Only a couple of weeks to go. That poll where Saints fans were most optimistic for the new season isn't looking too smart anymore.


1.) 20 Sep 2020 13:49:25
Very frustrating watching Saints today. Feel Jack Stephens spends most of the game ball watching and has little or no awareness. We're suffering from having no real protection of the back 4 by a quality Defensive midfielder - Romeu is back up at best. SOLUTION: Get Salisu in for Stephens and buy a quality defensive midfielder asap.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 13:54:39
Don’t understand the reason for extending Stephens both this week and last week has shown how susceptible he is to the long ball, ball watches like there’s no tomorrow. Surely Salisu is a better option even if he’s not fully up to speed with how Saints do things. Agree with Marty that Romeu is not the answer for Hojbjerg replacement.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 12:57:59
Let’s go left field.

Salisu comes in as CB with Stephens moving to DMC. He is not too bad on the ball, he can spot a long ball and can tackle. His pace let’s him down but could do a job patrolling/ protecting the back four?

4.) 21 Sep 2020 16:03:18
I'm having trouble working out what has changed in the players minds in the last month. They were playing top 6 football at the close of last season and players like Stephens were putting in top rate performances. like that against Man City. The game is the same as are the personel yet the fizz has fizzled out.?



10 Sep 2020 23:33:20
Reading (albeit in the Mail) that American Joseph DaGrosa is in talks to buy the club for £200m. Can't say I know much of the man but if he's willing to invest in the club then why not.

Also news from Ralph today that he wants another CM, a few 'alternatives' as squad back up - I presume this includes a striker and possibly another full back, and that a keeper will be leaving.


1.) 11 Sep 2020 09:52:35
Seen this in the online papers. He's the president of Bordeaux football club and was in talks to buy Newcastle a while ago. Would love to have someone come in who would actually invest in the club. Our way of buying young players to sell on at a profit won't work for ever. We need someone who will back the manager with cash.



26 Aug 2020 14:02:33
Not that I ever thought it was realistic but McKennie looks to be headed for Juve. So a touch out of our league.

CM and FWD for.


1.) 26 Aug 2020 17:10:37
CM and FWD for me will do.

Also looks as tho Fulham are going to be signing Reed and, bizarrely, Lemina on a loan to buy - can’t quite work that one out!

2.) 26 Aug 2020 20:12:43
I can't understand why Lemina would want to go to Fulham but hopefully we can take the best part of £20M off of Fulham for him and Reed and give it to Ralph to bring in a couple of players. Still a couple more players on our books that we need to get rid of though.

3.) 26 Aug 2020 21:59:09
Loan out a keeper, Hoedt and Carrillo haven’t even been given squad numbers so hopefully they’re off and I’ll be content, bring in two more and we’re golden.

4.) 27 Aug 2020 14:38:21
Agree SaintGGsy but which keeper would you send out on loan?

5.) 27 Aug 2020 17:07:55
Angus Gun for me. Championship team to get back his mojo after ‘the game that cannot be named’.

6.) 27 Aug 2020 18:46:33
Agreed - McCarthy is our #1, Forster has been away and had a decent season with Celtic, so has earned a chance to fight for his place. Gunn has a chance, was part of a poor run for the side but is still young - if he were to make a similar move to Dean Henderson and go to a top half championship side that should be good for his development.

7.) 27 Aug 2020 21:13:05
I agree. If Forster comes back as he was when he first came to Saints I think he'll be pushing McCarthy for the No.1 spot. Gunn needs a run of games for a decent championship side to build his confidence.

8.) 27 Aug 2020 22:35:06
If Forster shows the form he had when he first joined or when he returned from injury when he kept 6 clean sheets in a row, or even the form he showed last season, then there's no doubt he'll be no. 1. On his day he's easily one of the top 5 'keepers in the league.

9.) 28 Aug 2020 09:27:06
Agreed, Fraser was one of the best keepers and an integral part of our success during RK tenure with us. His giant height allowed him to command the box and come out to collect crosses into the box with ease. I do AM has been really good for us, he's made some really important saves that have kept us in the Prem. It'll be interesting to see what happens with both of them.

10.) 31 Aug 2020 11:18:15
Anyone think we’ll get Darwin Nunez?

11.) 31 Aug 2020 16:05:32
Personally no, looks like bigger and better clubs have now started touting him so he’ll probbaly go to Serie A I’d imagine.



22 Aug 2020 20:16:38
Reports of a £16m bid made for Omar Colley, Sampdoria CB. I think another CB signing definitely opens the door to 1 or 2 being shipped off as that'd be six on the books, but major centre back moves have been needed since Fonte went and the board are finally backing a manager!


1.) 23 Aug 2020 15:00:07
I'm hoping that some of the reports of bids made are true and not just the board trying to pull the wool over fans eyes. We've seen it before at Saints with the board saying we tried to get this player or that player and we have ended up with nobody or a cheap option. I think that Ralph is the man that can take us to the next level provided that the board back him.

2.) 24 Aug 2020 08:20:22
Colley to old doesn’t fit our model.

3.) 24 Aug 2020 10:13:44
Agreed Saints0001, Colley is 28 I think so 30 in a couple of years, can't see us going for this one, no sell on value unless we got him at an absolutely ridiculous price and that isn't going to happen.




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22 Sep 2020 18:22:00
A loan move for Tom Davies (EVE) appears to be gathering momentum. Hardly an inspiring move and not really the physical, brutish ball playing mid we were after, I see him more in a JWP mould but obviously to a lesser capacity.

Loaning Everton's fifth choice CM is not really going to set the fan base alight.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 20:27:20
Is our famous black box broken?

Surely there are better targets out there? Not dissing Davies, he would be a good addition, but as a JWP backup. We need some steel in the midfield.

2.) 23 Sep 2020 08:15:37
It’s not steel we need. Gone have the days of the Tomeu type player - well apart from us 🙈 we need fast, quick thinking, comfortable with and without the ball, tracks his man, tackles properly, doesn’t ball watch, can play a decisive pass, can score.
We do not need Romeu 2 or PEH 2 . way too slow for the modern game.



20 Sep 2020 12:52:31
Half time 1-1; we should really have killed this game off already.

Good to see a few yellow cards and Romeu go in early on Hojbjerg but if he now gets sent off it'll look very silly. Also very nice to see the ex Spurs man lift the back over the top to the man Spurs tried to unnerve/ buy who rejected them for the goal.

McCarthy's positioning for the Son goal was awful - he probably could've got to the ball but ran back towards goal and was basically on his left post, not great.

Adams and Djenepo have looked great if lacking the cutting edge. Adams should've scored, but Djenepo is such a livewire in and around the by line.

Spurs should never have a (legal) goal and in the 47th minute of the first half it's criminal because we've been in total control and a lifted ball to Son in behind is what does it.

If we are clinical and play in the same way this could be 3-1, else it may well end up being 1-3.



1.) 20 Sep 2020 13:42:50
Or 1-4, 1-5, 1-6. Pathetic defending and Spurs are hardly the best team we have to face this season.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 14:46:00
The end score 5-2. Playing a high line has killed us. again. Spurs had 6 shots on target and scored 5. It was way to easy for them.

Something needs to be addressed. I don't think signing 2 new CB's would change much of our defence is just going to sit on the halfway line.

3.) 20 Sep 2020 15:31:55
Playing the high line/ pressing game doesn't always work as we found out today. When we come up against someone like Son who is brilliant at timing his runs we are done for because our defence are too slow and spend too long ball watching. Normally if your plan A isn't working you revert to plan B. Unfortunately we don't seem to have a plan B. Maureen won the battle of the managers today. I stick with what I said a couple of weeks ago that we still need 2 or 3 quality players to make us into a half decent team, if not I can see this season ending in a fight against relegation. Nice to see Danny grab a couple of goals again but not one other Saints player showed his passion or desire.



04 Sep 2020 19:43:22
Unbelievably only one week until palace. Given the current players available, what would your starting XI be?

Mine would look like;

KWP Salisu (if fit enough) Bednarek Bertrand
Romeu JWP
Armstrong Redmond
Ings Adams

Feel Salisu may need a bit longer to bed in, if so Stephens will probably slot in. I'd imagine the bench would contain Forster, Valery or Vokins, Stephens or Vestergaard, Smallbone, Djenepo, Obafemi, Long

In the longer term I'd love djenepo to claim a spot in the first team, maybe even as a free forward playing off Ings to let him run riot, but we are probbaly still one or two signings short of a properly competitive squad.

CM and a forward still wanted - right now I'd expect a CM to come in at best.


1.) 06 Sep 2020 07:18:10
I would have;





2.) 06 Sep 2020 17:33:21
I think your starting 11 is probably going to be our main one for this season SaintGGsy. I don't think Salisu will start from game 1. I can't imagine him becoming a regular until November, I guess it will all depend on how we start the season. If Stephens and Bednerak play well together and we're keeping clean sheets, then I see no reason for Salisu to play.

The lack on depth in CM concerns me, if you consider the 2 seasons ago, we had JWP, Romeu, Lemina, Davis and Hojbjerg. I guess that Armstrong can play that role if he needs to with Boufal and Djenepo taking his place.

According to Martin Semmens (Club CEO) . Ralph is happy with the squad and he doesn't want to bring anyone new in. Due to how strong we finished last season, he doesn't think that any signings would improve the squad.

3.) 06 Sep 2020 19:08:07
I still think that we're 1 maybe 2 players short but I believe that Semmens also said that with the transfer window being open for a few more weeks if it becomes apparent that we need someone else or if the right player becomes available at the right price we could still bring in another player.

4.) 06 Sep 2020 19:58:52
If a young player becomes available for the right place that’s probably our only move to make. Just seen Hoedt - who of course is a superb defender in the ilk of Lovren and has been very vocal on how great he is - wants to leave but won’t take any sort of pay cut.

Given he’s stealing a living as a footballer already that’s pretty disgraceful. At least he, Lemina and Carrillo will be off the wage books for good next June.



03 Sep 2020 17:27:04
Just a thought as I haven't seen (m) any reports on him. Ryan Fraser? Free agent, wages won't be huge, I know a few clubs were interested but he's still unattached. We could always do with one more attacker.


1.) 03 Sep 2020 19:08:30
I think he's off to Newcastle.



28 Jul 2020 21:29:13
End of season debrief.

The board 7/ 10. Stuck by Ralph, I feel have treated the PEH situation maturely, have given Ralph funds and hopefully will continue to do so this summer with three or four coming in.

The coaching staff 8/ 10. Finally imprinting their DNA onto the side albeit with a few blips - started out as being a rocky few weeks, then the odd game and more recently just the odd 20-30 minutes. Have stuck by the right players and given youth a chance, albeit there have been a few frustrating decisions along the way. Ralph will leave eventually but I would never sack him and keep hold of him as long as we can!

The playing staff 7/ 10. Several players have cemented their positions as real premier league quality first teamers, we have had some break out stars and return to form for others. A few have proven their lack of worth, and several we need removing over the summer, but several more should be coming through to improve the squad.

Results 7/ 10. Barring 'the game', we have a good of 0, equal wins and losses, and are 11th with over 50 points. Considering the last few seasons and the states we've been in it's nice to be high and dry. Not to forget we hammered Portsmouth but and were third in the away league table, but home form really restricted our progress. We're only a few results off being where we want to be - 7 points off sixth at season's end.

Transfers in: we need 1+ full backs, 1+ centre backs, a centre mid and it can never hurt wanting one more attacker. Hopefully we get Salisu and KWP in, then it's a case of looking to buy in cheap players with bags of potential for under £10m.

Transfers out: still on the books are Forster and Gunn - one of these must go. Vestergaard and Hoedt - Hoedt hopefully will go, Vestergaard waits to be seen but I worry he may move across the PL and suddenly find himself. Cedric I believe is gone, Hojbjerg will be gone, Lemina should go, as will Carrillo. That leaves a few question marks surrounding Reed, Sims, Boufal, Elyounoussi, and Danso.

Danso I don't believe was really given a chance but I think could have the potential. Reed I don't want going out on loan again, either keep and play him or sell. Sims hopefully get the game time to show his 2016 form. Boufal will probably go as I don't see Ralph giving him the game time he wants. Elyounoussi will probably go out on loan again but I can't see him having a career with us.

Current squad season ratings; McCarthy 6, Gunn 4, Bertrand 7, KWP 7, Valery 4, Stephens 7, Bednarek 7, Vestergaard 5, Danso 4, JWP 8, Armstrong 8, Hojbjerg 6, Romeu 6, Redmond 8, Smallbone 6, Djenepo 6, Boufal 5, Ings 10, Adams 6, Long 6, Obafemi 6. Overall average 6.3/ 10.

Next season forecast: we will finish below the 'big six' I imagine. Leicester and Wolves in Europe - especially wolves having had two years with no break, may be catchable. Top 10, with a ceiling of 7th, should be the aim. And winning more than half our home games would be nice!


1.) 29 Jul 2020 01:55:58
Good post SaintGGsy. Agree with pretty much all of it.

2.) 30 Jul 2020 12:35:38
Agree with SaintGGsy but I have to say I do not agree with redmond getting a score of 8 for the season. 6 at best for me, He is so frustrating. I think he should be much further along with his progression than he is. For me he needs a super season otherwise I would sell him. I find it amazing that no one else finds him frustrating as a player.

3.) 02 Aug 2020 13:26:50
Tend to agree Ben re. Redmond. On his day he can be a world beater but he's not consistent enough. I get very frustrated sometimes when watching him because I know what he is capable of doing but the end product is too often missing.

4.) 02 Aug 2020 20:23:04
Yeah in fairness a lot comes from what I’ve seen on TV as well as read and heard - just checked 4G 4A isn’t a great return, just looked good in the run-in. Definitely needs a 10G 10A season.




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15 Sep 2020 13:04:35
And unlike that swine Danny is happy and wants to be here, and not throw his toys out the pram having been paid several million despite not playing for months. Not that I’m still bitter 🤣.




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14 Sep 2020 10:08:44
Levy wouldn’t pay the £40m+ we’d want. I would want £60m at least. And why would he knowingly go to Spurs to be bench fodder for Kane? Money. But hopefully he has more pride than that playing for his boyhood club. Hopefully.




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10 Sep 2020 18:36:42
I’d give them Hoedt and £5m just to see the back of him.




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04 Sep 2020 19:38:39
Would love that to come off but can’t see it happening with bigger clubs linked, feel he’d move to a CL club if he were to move.




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03 Sep 2020 19:09:11
If it were Hinteregger I would understand as he is undoubted quality. Ajer we don’t need and I’d rather just sign an out and out CM.





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25 Sep 2020 09:50:39
Definitely if we could persuade him, think he’d be excellent.




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24 Sep 2020 14:54:39
Don’t think it’s worth spending that kind of money and wages on someone who wouldn’t be our best CB, or even a guaranteed starter.




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23 Sep 2020 16:26:42
Ntcham - would take but think we could/ should be able to find better.

Davies - no ta

Luis - headed to Monaco

Cabral - yes please if we can get him, he and Djenepo on the wings would be lovely

Regarding CBs, Hoedt is off on loan to Lazio and they can buy him back next summer. Carrillo I have absolutely no idea what is happening - no one seems to have mentioned him and I’m barely sure he’s still a footballer. But if Boufal and Gunn also go that’s a good lump of dead weight unloaded.




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17 Sep 2020 19:52:45
Shame isn’t it. Boufal seems to be on his way but Carrillo and Hoedt are still stealing a living, Lemina and ElYounoussi as well. It’s so plainly obvious we at least need a CM, just give the man what he wants for the love of god he’s the best manager we’ve had in yonks.