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Ruben Loftus-Cheek

19 Jul 2019 10:23:45
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Leeds United v Manchester United Review 17 July 2019

17 Jul 2019 20:39:47
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17 Jul 2019 08:46:41
Our current situation shows just how shocking recruitment has been in recent years. We're stuck with average players we paid too much for like Hoedt and Carillo or others with a bad attitude like Austin and Lemina.
I would have liked to see Lemina fight for his place but if he's given up would rather see him go.
Boufal has all the skill but little end product and no consistency so he'd be better off with a mid table team in a less competitive league like France or Spain.
If these 5 are on an average wage of £50k with 3 years to run we'd only save £9m if we gave them away so I can understand the club wanting fees. it's really frustrating to see them blocking recruitment when we clearly need a CB, a back up LB and maybe a creative CM.
I'm praying for some exits in the next few weeks.

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17 Jul 2019 10:14:01
Unfortunately, this is the issue we're faced with. We've bought in these players and given them very good wages. Players like Carillo, Hoedt and Austin aren't good enough for the Premier League, so they'll have to take a massive pay cut to move elsewhere. Why would they? If they know they're not going to be playing football, they can just be half-arsed and get paid their money. This is one of the problems with modern-day football, the players have all of the say because you can bet if Austin was our best player and the top teams were in for him, he'd try to force a transfer out.

Surely, clubs should look to do something to stop this from happening, like a pay to play wage. If players play then they earn the big money if they don't have the right attitude then pay them a lower wage.

I do feel like the only rash transfer we've made over the past few seasons is Carillo, I just think that the rest haven't worked out as well.

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16 Jul 2019 20:26:20
Just been for a walk with my wife, talked about the situation over Charlie boy and others at out club, thinking about it, who were the most injured (supposedly) players over the last year or so?

Van Dyke
Charlie Austin

Common theme - coincidence - Or abuse of Saints good nature?

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17 Jul 2019 01:06:17
Don't remember Van Dyke being injured any time during the past year or so Peter but then it wouldn't bother Saints if he was as he signed for Liverpool over 18 months ago 😄.

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Formula 1: Britain Talking Points

14 Jul 2019 17:38:04
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11 Jul 2019 16:02:55
Considering where we've been the last few seasons, I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on this season's relegation battle?

We *shouldn't* be there again, and Norwich and Villa are making some decent and shrewd signings which suggest they have learnt from Fulham last year.

Think it's between the three promoted sides, Newcastle, Palace - if they lose Zaha, Brighton and United.

United will probably just about be safe, I think Palace and Norwich will get to 40, and would be plumping for Sheffield United, Brighton and Newcastle to go at this point.

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11 Jul 2019 20:49:29
Newcastle for certain
Probably Sheffield Utd
1 from palace, Norwich, Brighton Burnley and villa.
I th9nk we will come 10th.

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11 Jul 2019 23:51:35
I'd settle for 10th MilkySaint and then look to sign a couple more quality players for the following season and aim for a European spot. Hoping that we get a good cup run too.

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11 Jul 2019 09:34:59
I would quite happily see Lemina move on, I don't think its unrealistic to see him leave this summer as he is clearly not wanting to stay. I'm sad that Clasie is going as I think he is a much better player, the sort of determined terrier the team needs (similar to Hoijberg and Romeu), Cedric, Boufal, Elyounoussi and Hoedt (all three are shockingly bad) are off hopefully and maybe even Gallagher. I'm pleased Ralph is being brutal, shake up been needed for some time.

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11 Jul 2019 10:27:36
Totally agree JulesT, I was so excited when we signed Clasie, I really don't think he has had a fair shot at Southampton. But I have to say I have so much faith in Ralph that I feel who ever he decides to move on I have no problems with it, I totally and utterly trust in his judgement. I wasn't happy when I first heard about Lamina but then I thought well I imagine Ralph has spoken with him and had made the decision his heart isn't in it at the Saints so just move on. Ralph wants players that will run through brick walls for him! I'm defiantly on board and i'm really excited about the season ahead.

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11 Jul 2019 12:01:21
Agree Ben, I've not been to that many games lately so am looking forward to seeing the team next season, hoping for good things!

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11 Jul 2019 14:39:57
It's exciting, and in Ralph I think we have a special manager. I'm going to the United game on the 31st August, my kind of stag do, got 20 tickets from the club, thank you Southampton F.C. (2 thumbs up) so looking forward to my friends seeing the new team. God I would love to get 3 points against united :)

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11 Jul 2019 15:52:06
If Ralph is happy to blood several youngsters this season then I think we may only see one or two more signings - those mentioned above could hopefully fetch £40-50m between them which would give us £25m to spend on fees and then the spare cash on wages - feel we may well see a goalkeeper change up with Dragowski linked (I know he is excellent on FIFA career mode 😂) and the much needed CB.

Still think we are light at full back however maybe Ralph believes we have the youth to cover - I think I’ll be treating every sale of driftwood as a new signing!

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14 Jul 2019 03:45:15
lemina is far too lazy for Ralph’s demanding requirements and appears frightened to death by them! He must be dreaming (or his agent for that matter) that his future lies in the Premier league or Championship as they both require a much higher work rate and he would be far better suited to a return to Italian football and leave his excessive wages be shared by those who show far more effort! Keep On Marching!

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16 Jul 2019 10:11:54
I don't mind Lemina going to united or Arsenal but I wouldn't be happy with him going to Leicester or west ham, these have to be the clubs we are chasing and want to be surpassing?

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09 Jul 2019 09:53:20
Happy with what Ralph is doing. i'd like to see two other signings (CB and WB) . Not saints related but looking at what Leicester are doing could they be a top 5 side? (with Man u and Arsenal a mess) .

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09 Jul 2019 10:27:04
For sure - after their last escapade into the top six we were hearing ‘it’ll never happen again’ (anyone breaching the far superior top six) but with that much mismanagement (plus we don’t know how Lampard’s Chelsea will go) there’s definitely potential for them to burst through again.

And let’s not forget they’ve won the league more recently than United, Arsenal or Spurs so really would a European spot be that much of a surprise 😜.

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09 Jul 2019 12:18:51
It'll be an interesting year this year after last season. I feel it'll be the shame at the top with no one able to touch City or Liverpool. Spurs will the closest outside, they still haven't sold any first team players and I haven't heard any rumours of anyone departing recently. As you've both said United and Chelsea don't seem to have that stability anymore. With them both giving loyal ex-players a chance who don't have great managerial records at the top level, I can't see them having great seasons. Arsenal have Emery serving a second term. However, they'll need to sign a few players to reach the level of the top 3.

Leicester and Wolves seem the most well-equipped sides to break into the top 6 and maybe even 4. It'll be interesting if both these clubs don't suffer from what we suffered when we were up there and keep their best players, you look at Maddison and Tielemans for Leicester another good season and I'd expect the big clubs chasing them. Similar stuff with Neves at Wolves.

What are your predictions for us this term? It seems like Ralph is trying to build a young sustainable squad. I think as long as he sorts out our defence we can expert a very good season.

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09 Jul 2019 14:37:38
Im hoping we can give everyone a good game (like we did against Man u and Spurs at the end of last season) and we can stay in the to 10 most saints fans would be happy. Maybe a cheeky cup run.

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09 Jul 2019 23:08:24
Would hope to be behind no more than the top six, plus Wolves, Leicester and maybe West Ham - bottom half wouldn’t be disastrous considering our last couple of seasons but I think Ralph is looking at top 8/ 10.

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10 Jul 2019 10:27:25
I would be happy with a top ten finish and then hopefully give Ralph some more money to bring in a couple more quality players during summer 2020. I'd like to see us pushing for European football again within 2/ 3 years.

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Review Of The Day 9th July 2019

09 Jul 2019 07:39:04
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08 Jul 2019 11:27:59
Interestingly Saints website have just posted the 25 man squad that they're taking to Austria and missing a few names:

- Austin
- McQueen
- Armstrong
- Lemina
- Reed
- Hesketh
- Clasie
- Carrillo

Boufal also isn't on the list, but he's at AFCON so that would be why. Are we looking to offload all of these players?

Also, what's the gossip with Elyounoussi are we looking to keep him and see how it works out for his second season?

Notably there are a few academy lads who have been called up, so congrats to them.

{Ed001's Note - were any of them at the U21s tournament? If so they won't be going because they will be on their holidays.}

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08 Jul 2019 11:56:36
Thanks for the response ED! I don't think the youngsters (Hesketh, McQueen, Reed) qualify for the under 21's anymore. I think Reed could still be suffering an injury from last season - I think we cut his loan short so he could recover at Staplewood. Gunn was playing for the U21's though and he's made the squad.

I would imagine we'll be getting rid of these lads. Spent the last few seasons out on loan, haven't cemented themselves into the first team. Waste of wages and isn't good for them to be playing for the reserves, as it just halts overall development of the squad.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok just a thought.}

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08 Jul 2019 12:58:56
Armstrong has food poisoning
McQueen is still probably recovering from doing his ACL
Reed my possibly be still recovering from an ankle injury as saintJay said. but could still be sold. As for the rest the club are actively looking to get rid so better that they don't travel and have a better chance of finding another club.

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09 Jul 2019 01:30:41
Sam M is most definitely still recovering and will be for at least six months.

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09 Jul 2019 08:39:59
Thanks guys, knew Reed had suffered an injury on loan, didn't realise McQueen had as well.

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Review Of The Day 8th July 2019

08 Jul 2019 07:39:04
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Review Of The Day 7th July 2019

07 Jul 2019 07:39:05
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Nemanja Matic

06 Jul 2019 20:20:10
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Review Of The Day 6th July 2019

06 Jul 2019 07:39:06
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Review Of The Day 5th July 2019

05 Jul 2019 07:39:06
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