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14 Oct 2019 10:33:56
Ross Wilson has left for Rangers.

Does that count as another Liverpool steal for Gerrard?

Hope we have someone else lined up who can rekindle the black box magic or January could be another slog 😬.

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14 Oct 2019 20:35:26
Hi Saint, Rangers fan, in peace.
How highly do you guys rate Wilson and how do you think he will perform on a limited budget?

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30 Sep 2019 15:56:38
Not posted for a while, but thought i would share my thoughts on RH.
I am starting to worry he is doing a 'Mourinho'; ie alienating himself from certain players. Clearly a difference between RH and Bertrand, Cedric and his latest Valery.

Playing Cedric on the wrong wing, Danso in a position he never plays ie right back . what was he trying to prove against Bournemouth? how to lose?
PLaying Danso instead of Bertrand previously . and now playing Vestegard RB instead of Valery .

If he is trying to bring their ego's down to earth, it's the wrong way to do it!

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01 Oct 2019 03:03:36
It’s confusing with respect to Cedric’s last minute. withdrawal at Tottenham with no explanation offered when so much tactical planning would have been invested prior. Very Peculiar, . We know Ralph is well respected coach but his ‘man- management style would only be known to those closer to him. Perhaps certain players have attitudes not tolerated by him. He obviously requires the 100% support of Squad Players to maintain discipline. It is noticeable however that the dramatic rise of Leicester (under Brendan Rodgers ) & Schalke inGermany (under David Wagner) less time RH has been sorting SFC out!

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01 Oct 2019 17:08:14
I think, for whatever reason, he has diverted focus away from tactics etc and onto the man management side. To play Danso right back was bordering on insanity, to move Vestegrard to right back with Valery on the bench was bizarre. I know a lot of people do say they have contacts in the club, but i do have direct contact with a lot of the younger players and some of the younger ones recently added to the first team squad. I was aware of his spat with Cedric and various other things. He seems to not like egos. While i understand that a bad ego can be negative for a team, a positive, cocky ego can be good for the team. WE are talking about professional footballers who need some cockiness to 'say' to the opposition, we're not afraid of you!
Bertrand has an air of that but why not, he is a good player, gives his all, been there done it. Cedric has won the Euros!

They didn't get where they are being nice, quiet, reserved people!
Maybe someone like Valery it's a different story, he's suddenly come from nowhere and just maybe he has got a bit full of himself.

Maybe RH needs to concentrate on his tactical skills and stop trying to play what is almost devils advocate!

Charlie Austin is a different category - relegated to training with the Under 21/ 23s and i am told was made to clean cars . how true i don't know.

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06 Oct 2019 08:39:58
I think you may be reading more into the situation than is actually there. Team selection is nuanced and match specific and shouldn’t be reduced to simple player – coach disagreements. RH has highlighted that YV has been struggling in training and his performance has dipped. He also underlined its not a case of not trusting YV. He is a young player, still developing and his from will be inconsistent. But now he has been training hard and is looking to be involved v Chelsea.

The club failed to invest in full back positions again this summer despite selling, so we have two right backs, one of which stated a desire to leave over the summer and the other is young and still learning. On the other side, we have one left back in Bertrand.

We praise RH for taking a stern approach with players, insisting they invest in his vision or they drop out, but then when things on the pitch aren’t perfect, you think we should bemoan his approach and say he’s going too far? We should second guess why certain players aren’t playing?

About Valery, RH has already spoken this week. Cedric pulled out against Spurs because of a calf injury sustained during the week’s training and aggravated in the pre-game warm-up. RH also explained the reasons for his line-up choice v Spurs which is perfectly sensible. Yes, experimenting with Danso in a full back position in the past has been unsuccessful, but so what? Given our scant options, I’m perfectly happy for the head coach to try a few things to see what works.

Comparing our team to Leicester and Schalke is ridiculous. Leicester have a very talented squad of players with a balanced blend of youth and experience that should see them challenging for European places this season. That alone is not down to Brendan Rodgers. Schalke have played 7 games so far under David Wagner and a season’s performance cannot be judged after 7 games.

Also, what’s the point in repeating silly rumours about Charlie Austin that you yourself state you don’t know are true? They are the seeds of undermining our head coach and sewing them does nothing but harm. If this forum is to become a negative spiral of nonsense and a platform for sharing unfounded conjecture then I for one will be checking out. Its disappointing that this forum is far more active when we aren’t playing well compared to when we are struggling. I understand why that is, but perhaps things would feel slightly less bleak if there was a positive post for every negative one.

Given we are only 7 games into the season, shouldn’t we just let things develop and see how we get on? RH has already demonstrated more ability than our last few head coaches and given the ability levels in our squad, we cannot expect too much. We are targeting a finish between 10 and 14 place this season. Anything more is unrealistic at this stage. Its frustrating that we are not playing better at the moment but RH has done enough to earn our trust and patience. let's not be hyper-critical before the season really starts to show its colours.

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06 Oct 2019 12:56:27
Just let RH do the job that he was brought in for. He can only work with what he has so we have to give him time.

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06 Oct 2019 13:29:19
He played a left sided centre half in a position he had never played - right back, while moving CEdric to left back and Bertrand on the bench. FACT
It was either stupid or naive or both :-)

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06 Oct 2019 13:32:02
and to add, it didn't work we were absolutely awful! not surprisingly . and as someone who has supported Saints for 52 years, just sometimes criticising the manager is allowed :-)

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11 Oct 2019 16:41:33
@South_hants_rich

Had Bertrand been fully fit, I don't believe he would have played Cedric at LB and Danso at RB.

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24 Sep 2019 21:44:47
Defensively still a big issue and our play looks too slow at times but. GET IN!

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29 Sep 2019 04:50:49
How disappointing and unacceptable was that Spurs result? Presumably. hours and hours on the training pitch learning. how to overcome 10 players by 11 in the event of this match day situation plus 15.minutes halftime refresher course with any necessary adjustments to suit still the current squad were totally incapable of penetrating &taking advantage of this gifted situation. We need at least another 5 new cutting edge players. Meanwhile perhaps academy young MIDS can be introduced while Hojbjerg &Ward Prowse continue poor form. Some serious CASH required in January if we are to qualify for EPL lump sum!

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03 Sep 2019 00:50:28
Lemina off to Galatasaray. I actually hope that he stays there.

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03 Sep 2019 08:46:55
I hope all of these loans (with an option to buy) turn into actual sales. It's a joke, we've got £80m worth of players out on loan. The recruitment the past few seasons has been poor. Apart from FF, the other 3 players have barely served the club. Carillo has played like 5 games for us and we've loaned him out on the final year of his contract.

Oh well, onwards and upwards. Ralph's got rid of all the dead weight around the camp, watching the game against United on Saturday we were superb on the press, we'll be a hard team to play against this season.

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05 Sep 2019 11:09:30
Basically we totally wasted the VVD money then!

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06 Sep 2019 20:18:56
If you check Transfermarkt, you'll find that Carrillo's contract runs out 30th of June 2021. If they don't buy him next summer, his contract is likely to be terminated like Clasie's. Must be the worst transfer ever!

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30 Aug 2019 20:51:15
Seems Elyounoussi is joining FF on loan at Celtic - they've already done enough for us recently 😂

If we could ship a CB out to lighten the wage bill I'd call that a pretty decent window - looking forward to seeing Boufal and Djenepo tear it up as well, both look like quality if they cement their places in the side.

Nice to see competition for attacking places in a saints side, haven't had such depth there in many yesrs.

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22 Aug 2019 12:15:45
I've just read via a newspaper story that Saints goalkeeper and good servant of the club Fraser Forster is possibly about to sign for Celtic

It's initially on a season loan but could become permanent if all parties are happy to.

I'd like to which Fraser all the very best of luck with this move and hope it makes any of his factors in his personal life or wellbeing happy and in good shape.

Good luck Fraser, and thank you for all your efforts while a Saint. You've done well!

Saint Etienne.

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14 Aug 2019 10:10:22
Forster to Celtic? . does Charlie Nicholas know something or is he just giving an opinion.

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16 Aug 2019 17:35:22
We can only hope.

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19 Aug 2019 10:22:50
100% Forster is off to Celtic, Jack Stephens could apparently be off too.

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09 Aug 2019 18:19:24
Just seen the squad list and confirmed shirt numbers for the coming season - Is there any reason why no one has taken the number 8 shirt? Are we expecting a free agent to sign?

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08 Aug 2019 18:01:47
According to sky sports saints have put in a deal sheet for Kevin danso highly rated centre back with Augsburg. He has been watched by a number of clubs. Happy 2019-2020 season guys.

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08 Aug 2019 18:42:03
I'd be happy with Danso. Young and eager to learn. Got to be better back up than Stephens.

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08 Aug 2019 20:47:42
Not reading anywhere that the Danso deal has been completed - Did we get him.

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08 Aug 2019 22:05:43
Danso is done-so.

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08 Aug 2019 22:39:44
It seems so. at last. Both Adam Blackmore and Adam Leitch are reporting via Twitter that the paperwork has been sorted, with an announcement expected tomorrow. They are both reliable sources, so it looks like we're there now. This must have been the latest deal we've ever worked on!
Let's hope Danso is the business as our defence sure does need strengthening. Last season's record of dropping points from winning positions absolutely must be addressed.

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08 Aug 2019 17:39:11
Saints have submitted a deal sheet by the 1700 deadline. come onnnn defender!

And not a clue who it is given all the media sniffing around the grounds - love how quiet we keep it!

Just hope we can get something over the line.

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09 Aug 2019 06:14:29
Seems that we did :) Hope the club will announce Danso today.

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08 Aug 2019 07:47:46
Heard of any last minute incomiings Eds?!

{Ed002's Note - Charlie Austin is expected to go and I would not be shocked if a full back were to arrive, perhaps on loan.}

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08 Aug 2019 10:19:54
Cheers. no centre backs tho? Guess Ralph is trusting what he has. Just would have liked a more secure head but those players are not leaving, clubs I suppose. everyone wants them! 😬.

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08 Aug 2019 10:23:04
God I hope it's a left back. I'd take Bertie back on the left side of a back three again if it means having a stable defense. Should've never let Targett go.

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08 Aug 2019 10:29:07
Is this full back talk because we have a potential buyer for Cedric with some sustenance in Europe Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t understand what you mean about “sustenance”. But there is a potential buyer for Cedric in Monaco.}

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08 Aug 2019 14:43:26
Ed0002, is the full back the one from Spurs? Kyle Walker-Pieters?

{Ed002's Note - He is an option.}

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08 Aug 2019 15:40:22
Charlie gone to West Brom.

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27 Aug 2019 17:11:33
Liam, I’m lovin’ your Lego man profile picture thingy. Class!

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06 Aug 2019 20:47:51
Reading this evening that Josh Sims is in advanced talks to join New York Red bulls on loan for the season. Surprised by this, thought he had a good chance to stake a claim for a starting berth this year at Saints. Thoughts?

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06 Aug 2019 21:15:53
It's a shame because he has talent. I think with Boufal coming back, his chances will be limited.

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07 Aug 2019 00:38:24
Difference between Josh and Boufal is that Josh is aggressive, fast, positive and intelligent . exactly the attributes need in the PL . should never let him go .

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07 Aug 2019 09:27:54
I think it's a good idea let him get one more season of first team football. I fear his chances would be limited this season otherwise. Could just be a rumour, what was the source of this one? Rare for players to go to MLS.

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07 Aug 2019 13:04:45
Sims is a good player but the problem is he's a bit lightweight for the premiership. skilful but gets knocked off ball to easily.

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08 Aug 2019 10:08:40
I was under the impression he'll be back after Christmas. Assuming he's had a few months first team football hopefully he'll provide a new energy for the 2nd half of the season, he'll be like a new signing!

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05 Aug 2019 23:09:24
Only a few days to go and very little news on either ins or outs. Really can't see any more incomIngs at this point - would love another defender - but maybe a few fringe players may exit by Thursday night.

If that's the case, I can see us having an entertaining season, similar to Bournemouth - loads of goals at both ends - but maybe not enough to breach the top ten at this point.

What do we think of our prospects given how our squad seems to be shaping up?

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06 Aug 2019 07:45:31
Still weak in central defence. Apart from that I think the squad looks strong. Change isn't always necessary when it comes to the team, getting them to play consistently to their best is what we need.
That said a strong experienced centre back in place would be ideal as our back ups aren't up to the challenge.

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06 Aug 2019 09:23:46
Maybe we'll loan in a centre half with the option to buy? Or maybe we'll take the risk and sign one regardless of the players we want out leaving. I reckon we'll already have the player we want to be lined up as it's literally only the case of getting rid of our unwanted stock before we bring someone in, this wouldn't be a signing just for the sake of signing someone.

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04 Aug 2019 15:29:49
Saints are trying to sign on loan Jean Clair Todibo from barcelona. he's a 19 year old French centre half . very highly rated.

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01 Aug 2019 08:50:06
Few outlets linking us with Benoit Badiashile - seems a bit unrealistic to me, heard anything on this Eds?

{Ed002's Note - Wolves have held talks with ASM about him.}

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01 Aug 2019 17:14:13
I've heard whispers about Scott Banks . Any news about him eds?

{Ed002's Note - No sorry.}

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