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07 Dec 2020 19:17:07
Ingsy and Redmond back on the bench, and Salisu lives! With a near fully fit squad, we finally appear to have depth with the same XI from recent games, supported by

Forster Stephens Long Diallo Salisu Ings Redmond

Tonight might be the first time we have an impact off the bench for several months!

SaintGGsy

1.) 07 Dec 2020 21:51:43
Truer words were never spoken 😂. Sign of a good side, shake off a comeback loss, not play great but still get the win. Fifth! And at home to bottom next week.

But my word, that was never, ever a penalty. If the foul is given for the tussle, it is clearly outside the box. I was all for VAR until lockdown but it is being implemented terribly and has cost Brighton what could be an important point.

We do seem to get lucky with the decision though, I believe we’re in the top few sides for benefitting the most from VAR decisions so maybe we should keep it for our sake!

#WeMarchOn.


2.) 08 Dec 2020 17:50:16
Credit definitely has to go to Vestergard. I was told by one of the U23 players that he can pass the ball with either feet to anywhere on the pitch, along the ground or over the top.
Well I watched since then and wow, can this man pass very accurately. Clearly Ralph has spotted his potential and encourages his passing anytime he likes. I’ve also noticed that V now seems to take up different positions at set pieces ie standing in more space, running onto the ball. He used to be ‘lost in the noise’ surrounded by other players. This reminds me of good ol Claus L, he scored only 2 goals in over 400 professional games, but was up for virtually every dead ball situation. I used to think, ‘get out the way’ . well Vestergard is now positioning himself superbly and the goals are flying in!


 

 

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.

SaintGGsy

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.

SaintGGsy

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.

SaintGGsy

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.

SaintGGsy

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.


 

 

 

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30 Apr 2021 20:42:17
At time of writing its 0-0 after 38 minutes.

Vestergaard touches the ball poorly, but recovers to win the ball. It is irrelevant that his touch probably allows Vardy a shot regardless. He tackles for the ball, and wins the ball.

Much like several red cards recently, I don't understand how these decisions are agreed by referee and VAR as being an illegal tackle to stop an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

HE WINS THE BALL

Cannot stand how VAR are interpreting these laws. It's a disgrace. What is Jannik supposed to do, let Vardy through? He plays the ball, he follows through. It's raining. He's going to slide. Vardy makes an absolute meal of it. Shocking.

I did have flashbacks but I don't think another 9-0 can happen at this point. We're playing quite well, just a shame for Tella to be the one to make way.

Will take 0-3 and run at this point.

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23 Apr 2021 10:51:04
It feels like I make one of these posts every four months talking about the need for a rebuild. I don't think being top in October was a false dawn, I think the club suddenly gained confidence and played as they know they can. Since then, through loss of form, injuries or mentality, we haven't fully been on it.

Looking to the end of this season, Fulham are 9 points behind us. They go to Chelsea and Man U, and play Burnley at home, Newcastle at home, and Saints away. There's nine points to get there. Palace at home is the only game I see us possibly not losing. Suddenly the Fulham game becomes massive in a few weeks if things don't go our way.

However I do think we will just about stay up. Let's not forget we were in the top 5 form table for 2020, and since being top we have won four league games - 2 being Sheffield United. We won't be staying up next year at this rate, Norwich and Watford would definitely have us.

To the playing side. Ralph needs a tactical number two who can affect the game during the 90 minutes and not just coach tactics into the side with no plan B. If not, he must go. He has actively lost us the Spurs game and doesn't positively affect the game with his substitutions. We play 4-2-2-2 against everyone even though we have 3 good centre backs and could change it up.

Howe, Lampard, hell even Jose are probably decent options for us not that we could afford him.

Now onto the team. We haven't had a good goalie since Kelvin started going grey. Vestergaard we could probably get good money for and he only turns up half the time. Bertrand seems disinterested. Ings' head is gone. Walcott and Redmond aren't good enough for us.

Ings I reckon we could get £40m for even though we are terrible barterers in the transfer market. Jannik maybe £25m. Bertrand £5m, Redmond someone would pay £10m for in January out of desperation.

As a side I've always liked a back 3 for us. We don't have enough solidity in a back 2. Let's just get back to buying young gems from Europe or the lower leagues for £6-10m. Salisu and Diallo have enormous potential and will soon be worth double or even triple the money we paid for them.

Either entrust Ralph with what HE wants, or accept that he can't take us any further and get a young English manager in. We need a keeper, full back, centre back, attacker and striker. Don't we always. But in Che, Armstrong, JWP (when he decides to look up the pitch), Diallo, Bednarek, Salisu, KWP and Romeu, we have a good core of experience and decent enough standards to be in the top 10.

I fear what state we will be in in a year's time. We could be playing league matches at Fratton Park in the not too distant future.

SaintGGsy

1.) 23 Apr 2021 22:54:04
I was buying into your views until you mentioned Diallo having enormous potential. really?
You are spot on regarding the GK position - FF and JM good shot stoppers but useless at distribution and all the other aspects - especially decision making (has either of them ever saved a penalty - just saying hash tag) .
As for your list of players who could contribute - I’m sorry, but they are all championship quality - no better.
Ings and KWP are our only two players (and possibly Bednarek) who would get a regular game in any of the top half of the table teams.
So disappointed with JWP - there was a time when I thought he could become a legend - how wrong was I.
Eddie Howe would be my pick.


2.) 25 Apr 2021 09:58:13
Diallo is young. He has had a few superb games and gone off the boil recently. I wouldn’t give up on him so quickly. I remember thinking Mane was quite hot and cold and look at him now.

The main problem is we seem to be the most incredibly fragile and fickle side in the world. Going a goal down early is basically game over. Burnley’s attack man for man is nowhere near ours, yet they come back in games far more often than we do.


3.) 28 Apr 2021 01:32:07
I agree with SaintGGsywith regards Diallo who at 22 years is one for the future. He is able to distribute the ball quickly due to reasonable pace quick thinking and ball dribbling ability but very often has to mop up behind JWP mistimed tackles and loose ball control. Should he be partnered by a more aggressive forceful Mid I’m sure his potential class would become evident.


4.) 28 Apr 2021 19:40:47
Dialling was the best player in the pitch against Liverpool to write him off is ludicrous.


 

 

14 Mar 2021 14:46:42
It's been 102 games, but I think I'm losing faith in Ralph.

Can't see the wood for the trees playing Redmond, team are totally mentally shot and devoid of ideas, we've lost 9-0 TWICE, 4 points in 12 games.

We were top in November. Our form since then is pretty much bottom of the table, and if we don't beat West Brom I don't see where another win comes from.

He also can't sort out a defence or encourage our forwards to attack, and the pressing game is gone. We need new investment and new ownership else we're heading for the Pompey days I fear. Essentially, four good runs of form over the last four seasons totalling about 10 games each are what has kept us up.

Maybe Rafa and this American businessman to come in and shake things up, because similarly to Stoke, we are sleepwalking down the table and eventually down the leagues.

SaintGGsy

1.) 14 Mar 2021 15:22:15
What worries me is that we were woeful when we had fans in the stadium. We have improved in the empty stadiums, but (hopefully) fans will be back in soon and we may just skip back into old habits. Any change, whether it’s owner, manager or tactics, must happen and soon before SaintGGsy’s very real and scary prediction comes true.


2.) 14 Mar 2021 17:24:29
Hadn’t even considered the impact of fans. That’s even more worrying.

The next four games are absolutely going to seal our season. Bournemouth in the cup which we surely surely must win. Then our three games in April are Burnley H, WBA A and Palace H.

We have 33. Newcastle will probably get to 38, Fulham a similar number. So we need two wins, because looking at our May fixtures I currently can’t see where points are coming from.


 

 

14 Feb 2021 18:10:41
I'd like to think I'm a fairly impartial football fan when it comes to debatable decisions and on first glance I thought Wolves were correctly awarded a penalty. So I agreed with Ref. Scott. On second glance I realised it wasn't a penalty - which is why VAR was brought in - and so should have been overturned.

I don't believe this is intentional and may just be a case of all of our bad luck coming in one go, but this is almost becoming something more sinister than a series of coincidences.

Since we beat Liverpool, we've lost six in a row. Fortunately Ralph's job isn't in danger as any other club may be looking for a new man, and I can't help but feel that bar a few dodgy spells and some shocking decision against us, it could have cost a man his job.

Loss #1: Leicester 0-2. A good game, one we deserved something out of, but we just weren't clinical enough. Fair enough, Leicester are a good team and we move on.

Loss #2: Arsenal 1-3. Some shocking keeping and a pretty poor second half and we needed up on the receiving end of a bad defeat, but again it's not really something Ralph could do a great deal about when we let in two poor goals, and then a third whilst looking for a result in the last quarter.

Loss #3. Villa 0-1. We are denied quite frankly a stonewall penalty. It glances his thigh, but Cash has his limbs spread and denies a clear goal scoring opportunity. At the very least, penalty. We are then denied a legitimate goal. If Ings scores the goal from a corner that comes off his upper arm, it's disallowed, so why do they consider that part of his bod6 to be offside. At the very least, draw.

Loss #4: Man U 0-9. I'm still not having that that should have been 9-0. We play the whole game with 10 men deservedly, and at 4-0 at half time we were looking ok to even draw the second half. We again have a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out and I've watched it and I still can't see what part of Adams is offside. But at 4-1, the game most likely peters out. We then concede a penalty where there is no contact - rather Bednarek is made contact with - and somehow he gets a red card, we concede a penalty, and we basically lose our minds and let in 9.

Loss #5: Newcastle 2-3. This one is on Ralph. Playing 40 minutes against 10 men and 20 against 9, we resort to hoofball and passing it around on the halfway line and apart from hitting the post don't come close to scoring a goal.

Loss #6. Wolves 1-2. We are 1-0 up, playing well, should have another one or two, and then totally against the run of play concede yet another penalty where Semedo hammers the ball at Bertrand's face from 3 yards, he moves out of the way, and the ball strikes him hand, forcing it back and making it appear as though it is way away from his body. We then go down the other end, Dendoncker punches the ball, and that ISN'T given? The second goal is poor from Vestergaard and McCarthy, and we once again forget how to attack whilst trailing and don't threaten an equaliser.

Conclusions: we are obviously demoralised after another 9-0, and going behind in the following two games has taken the wind out of our sails, but we are at least scoring goals. Ralph needs to drill in a more gung ho mindset when we are one goal down, and needs to give Forster a run in goal.

In the previous six games, I count six instances (2 against each of Wolves, Man U and Villa) which have cost us between 2 and 6 points, all due to one of the referees' incompetence, the VAR's incompetence or the rulemakers' incompetence, if we are in Fulham's position that could cost us £200m. And having spoken to Leicester, Palace and Arsenal fans, they can't think of a major incident where VAR has affected them one way or another, yet it has happened to us 6 times in about a month. 🤷🏼‍♂️

On the plus side, Danny has scored a stunner, Redmond actually looked like a footballer for once although his best contribution was to move out of the way of Armstrong's cross, and we played well for 50 minutes today, before losing our heads again. Chelsea and Leeds to come I don't have hope for, but we do need a point or three soon else we will have to start looking over our shoulders.

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06 Feb 2021 21:26:49
Well, oh dear. What a shocking week. Today was in a way worse than midweek. An entire half a goal down against ten men, half of that against nine and we didn't get close to scoring. Against a woeful side.

McCarthy cost us points today. Forster kept a clean sheet against Liverpool. Get him in next week for the love of god he can't be worse.

Stephens has been appalling. Opposition have worked him out, just stand near him and wait for him to make a mistake. Thank god Jannik is back but why on Earth did we not get another right back in, Ramsay and Valery aren't good enough and we can't keep shoehorning CBs or CMs there.

JWP, Bednarek (perversely) and Minamino are the only ones coming out of this week with any credit. Bednarek mainly just out of anger and respite from Dean.

Ralph needs a plan B playing with 10 men, and a plan B playing against 10 men. But with our strongest XI and some confidence we will be fine.

Forster, KWP, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, JWP, Romeu/ Diallo, Minamino, Armstrong/ Walcott, Ings and Adams is a good side, with Djenepo, Romeu/ Diallo and Armstrong/ Walcott or some youth to come off the bench.

But for the love of god stop playing Redmond Jesus he was terrible. And if what is being said is true, we desperately need a change of ownership to invest in this club. Zero investment + injuries = slippery slope. Just hope it doesn't come too late to save the good foundations we currently have in pace at the club.

SaintGGsy

1.) 06 Feb 2021 22:25:10
SaintsGGsy. the person who speaks so much truth and sense.
Stephens is absolutely ATROCIOUS! Very easy to work out; let him mark you, move 1M away and he doesn’t track you! What was he doing out wide and up the field? He was static, didn’t know what he was doing or where he should be!
As for Redmond . has never improved under Ralph, considers himself a much better footballer than he is!
No end product . farcical

McCarthy ., stop picking him!


2.) 07 Feb 2021 08:14:25
At some point we must stop trying to play the ball out from the back. It works when we have space but we need to recognise the need to just pundit forward where we have a 50/ 50 chance of winning it further up the pitch. Stephens just doesn't get this. I disagree about Mccarthy though. He doesn't make many mistakes and FF looked like a rabbit in headlights when he was playing. Great shot stopper but rubbish decision maker. Mccarthy is a better all round option.
Bednerek has the turning speed of a heavily laden oil tanker. Attackers know that they can get passed him with a little turn of pace.
Simply not good enough from the majority.


3.) 08 Feb 2021 15:29:07
Cyprus saint : playing out from the back can work if all the players know exactly their role AND carry it out properly. When KWP, vestergard, bednerek and Bertrand play together, it works beautifully. They move off each other, make themselves available. They can play between each other if pressed, but most important, they pass out . Vestegard also has the ability to pass with either feet to any spot in the pitch, not only enabling us to play out, but also to play to a ball over the top.
When Stephens plays, he seems to have no concept of playing out and our press. He stands on the ball, looks around, pokes the ball around, stands on the ball. This enables the opponents to press us and force Stephens into errors . or for that matter McCarthy. He might as well wear a t-shirt advertising what he’s going to do with the ball, it’s that readable it’s embarrassing!

But as you say, just sometimes get rid of the ball ASAP! None of this dithering. We are a great team with the right players and awful with the wrong players . when we went on that run we had a settled team, no Redmond and no Stephens!


 

 

 

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05 Jan 2021 12:30:22
Extending Bertrand for another year and bringing in Williams permanently in summer I think would be decent business, I can see KWP and Williams being a great young English full back pairing who we can make superb money on in a few years.

I’d also love Theo to stay, he’s been awesome for us and Everton don’t need him and he doesn’t want to play for them. Gray would make sense on a free, gives us options and he’s the kind of player we normally improve and can make a profit on.

Veerman as a JWP backup would also be a good piece of business, but for once I don’t think major changes are needed.

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07 Dec 2020 21:51:43
Truer words were never spoken 😂. Sign of a good side, shake off a comeback loss, not play great but still get the win. Fifth! And at home to bottom next week.

But my word, that was never, ever a penalty. If the foul is given for the tussle, it is clearly outside the box. I was all for VAR until lockdown but it is being implemented terribly and has cost Brighton what could be an important point.

We do seem to get lucky with the decision though, I believe we’re in the top few sides for benefitting the most from VAR decisions so maybe we should keep it for our sake!

#WeMarchOn.

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05 Oct 2020 19:17:48
What a waste of £19m! Believe we did something similar though for only about £4m on buying Vegard Forren about six years back. Never should have allowed Pellegrino get his hands in the chequebook in the first place.

Now hopefully Hoedt is back off to Lazio and Boufal back to Angers, and we should have a nicely trimmed squad. Disappointed to see Klarer go, I believe big things were tipped of him.

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02 Oct 2020 14:49:04
Diallo for €12m seems to be happening in the next few days.

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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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13 May 2021 17:28:39
Reckon we need five positions filled. GK, LB, back up FB, CM, wide attacker.

GK: Timo Horn of Cologne. Masip at Valladolid. Rulli is second choice at Villarreal and is a very good keeper but doubt we could draw him.

LB: Enda Stevens, Jetro Willems, maybe Diego Rico if Bournemouth don’t go up would all be reasonably priced and an improvement.

Full back: Djibril Sidibe of Monaco, Tavernier, but probably someone of a much lower calibre, or no one at all.

CM: Would love Harry Winks, maybe Sander Berge? Or both.

Attacker: Lookman would be good. Pereyra/ Ünder. Keep Minamino somehow?

If one of these names came in I’d be happy for us to actually do decent recruitment, but can’t see our total outlay being over £30m if Ings stays. Two defenders and a centre mid are absolutely pivotal, as well as another attacker with Walcott and Minamino leaving.

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25 Apr 2021 09:58:13
Diallo is young. He has had a few superb games and gone off the boil recently. I wouldn’t give up on him so quickly. I remember thinking Mane was quite hot and cold and look at him now.

The main problem is we seem to be the most incredibly fragile and fickle side in the world. Going a goal down early is basically game over. Burnley’s attack man for man is nowhere near ours, yet they come back in games far more often than we do.

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14 Mar 2021 17:24:29
Hadn’t even considered the impact of fans. That’s even more worrying.

The next four games are absolutely going to seal our season. Bournemouth in the cup which we surely surely must win. Then our three games in April are Burnley H, WBA A and Palace H.

We have 33. Newcastle will probably get to 38, Fulham a similar number. So we need two wins, because looking at our May fixtures I currently can’t see where points are coming from.

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20 Feb 2021 19:23:51
Friends with a few Chelsea fans who didn’t see how either of those were red cards. Let’s be honest they’re probably both red cards. VAR CHECKED, and didn’t think the deserved punishment. Werner’s wasn’t even given as a foul! Absolute ******* joke. Genuinely laughable decisions. Not saying it cost us 2 points as we aren’t great against 9/ 10 men are we, but it’s yet another game where the officiating has been blatantly biased against us.

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12 Feb 2021 20:37:35
Very cordial, I agree with everything as well ^^^.

Forster, not having a great deal to do, but he has played and not conceded against Arsenal, Wolves and Liverpool. McCarthy had gotten into the Boruc habit of wandering out of the area and passing it to opposition players. Give Frase a go, at the very least to get McCarthy to get his focus back.

Salisu. Bar the ‘you’re not in Spain anymore, pal’ closing down and hassling, he looked like another super pick. Excellent positioning for crosses, strong off both feet, physical, and just needs to be that bit quicker with the ball.

I’m amazed at how much KWP affects our game plan. For £12m he looks a steal, knows the game plan so well and really good link up with our midfield and playing down the wing.

Redmond is really good at making a run, taking the ball and getting clean through on goal, before deciding ‘what would be more fun is if I let everyone get back into position so I can try and get past them again’ and then do nothing with it. Poor. He can probably go.

Djenepo needs a run, he is very Mane like in that he almost wants to do too much all at once and then can’t make his mind up and then loses control of the ball. But he is at least forward thinking, attacking, and even if it is just once a game, he makes something happen and creates an opportunity. That’s something we haven’t quite found in Boufal and post-Mane so I have hope in him.

We’re still a few players short of a rounded, deep squad, but with Salisu, Diallo, Forster, Djenepo and some kids pushing into that first XI, we are probably a couple of full backs, a midfielder and a forward away from a solid squad.

For the first time in about four years, I don’t think we need a centre back! Bednarek, Vestergaard and Salisu could become future VVDs (hopefully without the sassy exit) .

SaintGGsy