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09 Sep 2020 09:31:08
I'm reading that the top teams in Belgium what to buy Hoedt but won't be able to meet the asking price.

Do you think there's potential that we could bring someone in from one of these clubs as a potential swap deal?


1.) 09 Sep 2020 13:52:01
I think in this current climate swap deals are a perfectly viable option.

From Club Brugge they have two forwards in David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis, from Anderlecht Yari Verchsaeren (AM) the next Belgium wonder kid and Jeremy Doku (RW), all in the 18 - 23 year range.

Would love Yari Verchsaeren as big things are tipped for him.

2.) 09 Sep 2020 16:01:55
I know Ed's mentioned in a previous post that we were looking at Yari Verschaeren as a potential signing, not sure what his value is. But I think there could be an option for us to swap him with Hoedt +5m and then even loan him back to Anderlecht, for the next season.

This is obviously all hypothetical though!

3.) 09 Sep 2020 23:27:08
I hear that Club Brugge have a decent tea lady. We could always try to swap Hoedt for her.

4.) 10 Sep 2020 18:36:42
I’d give them Hoedt and £5m just to see the back of him.



30 Jul 2020 23:03:42
Does anyone know if there's any truth to the rumours regarding Weston McKinnie from Schalke?

In terms of what we'd replace PEH with, he ticks all the boxes. However, can't see us splashing out for his value of £20m if we only sell PEH for £25m (or even £15m + KWP, if the current rumours are also true) .


1.) 31 Jul 2020 17:54:53
I've heard that there are several Premiership teams interested in him. I think he's looking for Champions league football so that will possibly go against us.



16 Jul 2020 08:19:26
Sky Sports has reported that Ralph wants to sign a CB in the Summer transfer window. Ed's, do you know if there's any truth to this/ who are potential targets are?

I quite like Bednerak and Stephens as our CB partnership and I thought Ralph also did, wonder if we might be losing one of them, which is why we would be bringing another one in.


{Ed002's Note - Mohammed Salisu (CB) remains more likely than the other options.

Norwich were very keen on taking the Valladolid centre back in January but will face opposition from Wolves, Southampton and Everton. Manchester United and Valencia have been credited with scouting the player by his club, but they have also said the are in talks with Atletico Madrid. Rennes agreed a fee with Valladolid for Salisu but his agent rejected a move to France in favour of a move to the Premier League. He will see what options are available.}



20 Jun 2019 10:30:09
I'm hearing rumours of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan interested in Bertrand. Does anyone know the truth behind this?

Regarding, Inter Milan, does anyone know if they're interested in signing Cedric from us, following his loan. With Vanheusden coming the other way?


{Ed002's Note - Ryan Bertrand (LB) would be sat on the bench at Atletico which other options are not keen on - but it is possible. Would be sat on the bench at Inter as an Ansaldi replacement - seen as an option to Kolarov. Both seem unlikely and are the result of clubs listing out options rather than declaring an interest at this time. Cedic is of no interest to Inter.}

1.) 26 Jun 2019 14:34:43
Getting a bit frustrated with this che Adams situation what's the chances tieing up this deal ed?

{Ed002's Note - I have no way to quantify the chances. There is no race and Southampton would like the deal completed.}

2.) 27 Jun 2019 10:02:59
Thanks Ed, I know us Saints fans are impatient but it's because we have bought so badly in previous years! Che seems the player we want but I am hearing we have moved onto a Nigerian striker from Italy, +Do you know if this is true?


{Ed002's Note - Would you have a name and I will try and answer.}

3.) 27 Jun 2019 18:47:22
David okereke.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks - the notes say: David Okereke (S) Brugge have an offer on the table and are discussing details for the transfer of Okereke from Spezia Calcio as a Wesley Moraes replacement. Interest was shown by Crystal Palace but they stepped back as it was seen as unlikely he would be able to obtain a Work Permit unless they paid significantly over the odds for him.}

4.) 28 Jun 2019 10:24:02
Good info ed.
I'd much rather we get Adams in. hope it goes through. I'd like to keep a stronger english/ British contingent.

Ed do you have any details on maehle of genk? (Or gent. One of the two)

Saw you post on the Everton page that we had major interest. Are we close to making an offer or even in discussions with his club?

{Ed002's Note - It is as I explained. Southampton have spoken with Genk in January and again a while back.}

5.) 28 Jun 2019 12:25:03
Thanks. Hopefully some progress soon.



09 Dec 2018 00:34:01
It's actually difficult to decide who our best CBs are. It just seem like each player is prone to error.

That was a dreadful piece of football eariler from Vestergaard and that cost us a point and even perhaps 3 points. It's so disappointing. It just seems like every game someone makes a stupid error and that gives away a goal.

Do you think it doesn't help that are CB pairing seem to change every match? That's got to be the first time Vestergaard.


1.) 09 Dec 2018 12:15:36
RH definitely needs to get our CBs more confident. Well all of our players. First part of the game we were running around making chances and what not but boy did we get exposed countless times. Our players seem to be a little more fit but now just sloppy.

2.) 10 Dec 2018 23:21:04
Sorry SaintUS but I don't agree that we look fit at all. Most of the team are looking shattered after 65/ 70 minutes. Absolutely disgusting for professional sportsmen earning stupid amounts of money to not be fit enough to keep going for 90/ 95 minutes.

3.) 11 Dec 2018 18:46:16
The idea that Hassenhutl would have our players fitter after three days seems a little ridiculous, no?

4.) 14 Dec 2018 06:49:03
Hence "little more". Of course we aren't fit enough to keep running like that for 75+ minutes. All I'm eluding to is the players seemed to have more of an umph to them for the first half or so of the game.




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01 Nov 2020 15:26:42
We were very lucky and clinical. Thank god for Prowse's right boot.

I don't think there's any other way I can describe that performance. We look very good going forward, very fast interchangeable play with our front four. We still looked sharp on the break.

Fairplay to Villa, they really gave it a go in the second half, even after conceding the fourth. I expected us to control the game after half time, the same we did against Everton but Villa didn't stop pressing until the end. Still don't know what happened and how Villa managed to create so many chances.

5 games, unbeaten. We've jumped right up the league table, since getting smashed by Spurs. Hoping the injuries to Bednerak, Bertrand and Ings aren't too serious.


1.) 01 Nov 2020 21:41:17
We were unbelievable for an hour then a bit of the old Leicester bashing crept back in. Most teams would do it, 4 up, concede, look to just play the game out, and to be fair we did fine until added time when we probably thought the game was over.

A lesson learned and not at the cost of any points, and brilliant to see a team of 7 English (8 British plus another homegrown) players doing so well and flying up the table. We’ll be fifth at the end of the week and after those first two games, and several bigger clubs in disarray, let’s have a bash!

NEW, wol, MUN, bha next four - all there for the winning in my opinion!



05 Dec 2019 09:19:18
A critical 3 points last night. We did hold on, only just. It's crazy that when we're in the position we just sit behind the ball and almost hope we don't concede. And Byram could've easily scored in the 93rd minute.

We play so much worse with 5 at the back, I'm glad we resorted to the 4-2-2-2. There's still a lot of work to do for Ralph as we don't press fluidly as a unit, once we get this right we'll start seeing better results.

Ward Prowse had a solid game, both goals were as a result of his set pieces. And he worked really hard, you can tell that the position in the centre of midfield suits him better than the wing. Redmond still seems incredible wasteful on the left, holds the ball for to long and isn't decisive enough, I'd like to see him have a go on the right to see what he brings. Adams looked like a sharp edition from the bench and would like to see more of him going forward.

I'm hoping the 2 wins on the bounce will give us the confidence going forward and we'll play more aggressive. If we play most of our games like the last ten minutes of the first half we will get the results we want.


1.) 05 Dec 2019 20:59:55
Hope when everyone's fit we get one up top with Boufal on the left, Djenepo on the right and Redmond down the middle, almost like a false 9

Think Long deserves a mention,
- his workrate and running tested Norwich's defence,
- won the free kick that led to the first goal,
- set Ings up for the shot that nearly knocked Aarons out with a wonderful piece of hold up play
- His movement in the box drew the Norwich CB with him and allowed Bertrand to get into the space that Long was originally in to score
-and should have had a penalty later on.

Good role model for Obafemi, if he can learn to do what Long does with his pace, movement, work rate and add a regular goal, he'll be world class.

2.) 05 Dec 2019 22:09:08
To be honest, when Boufal and Djenepo are fully fit, I don't see Redmond get a look in. If we want to play faster, smarter, then it's never going to happen with Redmond ' I'll stop with the ball, look around and do nothing with it'.
JWP not the best tackler but as was said above, when he plays the number 10 role he looks much better and adds so much more to the team; it was good to see that everytime he received the ball, he was looking up, looking forward AND making some good telling passes.

Obafemi needs more than a player role model, he needs to change his whole attitude on and off the pitch - especially off the pitch!

It was great to see Long and Ings together, both very intelligent players. Those two with Boufal and Djenepo now that's an attacking combination!

I also agree Che Adams looked sharp, taking up good positions. i was hoping that we held on to out two goal lead and brought Che on when we were in control of game.

As for Danny Ings - we are seeing him at his best, we are seeing why he was a Liverpool player. We just might get him to stay injury free for much longer! i would love to see him made captain.

3.) 06 Dec 2019 08:48:06
I should've mentioned Long, he is definitely the striker we need for the style of football we were trying to play. He did an excellent job in getting out wide and winning the ball back. Is always looking to close down the defenders. It's just his end product which is lacking.

I was also thinking about the winger situation and even though I think that Boufal and Djenepo have been better this season when they've played, is it almost worth bringing Boufal on from the bench as I think he'd be a better impact sub than Redmond would if he was to be the winger that sits on the bench.

4.) 06 Dec 2019 16:19:01
Saintjay, I was kinda thinking more positive, as in be in a situation
where you don't need impact subs. But after so long fighting for draws or holding on for a win, i suppose the mindset of winning by a margin and in control is a distant memory. I agree, Redmond would not be an impact sub - i think now we have djenepo and boufal, it just reinforces how far behind Redmond is, and not improving one bit!

Two weeks ago we would have been going to Newcastle looking for a draw at best, trying not to lose. Now I think they will be going with not just a positive mindset but trying to win! COYR.

5.) 10 Dec 2019 07:49:37
Saints are gradually improving but still considered bottom3 . We all know that approx 5 quality players are still required to b.

6.) 11 Dec 2019 07:41:07
become. a regular EPL.



03 Nov 2019 10:02:34
Is anyone else annoyed that the players are labelling yesterday's defeat as cruel? Yeah and lost and held the lead for most of the game. But look at stats?! City had 75% possession as well as 26 shots. I didn't watch the match or haven't seen the highlights but it sounds like we just parked the bus and tried to waste time for 70 minutes of the ninety.

I get that the city is potentially the best squad in prem history, but we still seem like we're taking the defeat as a positive. Yes it wasn't a big loss, but we're still in the relegation zone after taking 1 point from 6 games.


1.) 03 Nov 2019 15:54:32
I agree to a certain point that these players are given to much respect
But for us to be hit for another big score line would only
Demoralise the team and fans further
We’re now coming up to a period where we have teams in and around us
So let’s have the same commitment as yesterday with a bit more attacking intent and see how that takes us Uk to Christmas
I’d like to think if we play anything like yesterday we can beat these teams and crawl out of the situation we’re in.

2.) 03 Nov 2019 18:41:33
As someone who has openly criticised our players lately, i would like to say a few positive things about the players after the Man City game.

This was like watching a different team. They had clearly been trained and trained on how to defend better, but that would have counted for nothing had the passion and commitment been missing.
In fact these two things were there in abundance! Tackling like their life depended on it, throwing themselves in front of the ball. They chased everything, closed down all the time, kept their shape.

Yes they did adopt the kick it away/ into touch at every chance, but this is Man City and it gave us breathing space. Man City didn't have a shot on goal til something like the 70th minute.
I would say more it was an excellent defensive gave and not so much parking the bus.

Two comments . JWP (yes i know he scored) - please someone school him on defending/ tackling - he currently runs towards the player with the ball, never really tackling. they pass . he runs towards that player, never really closing him down!

Substitutions . when taking off Danny Ings you are not taking off an attacker but an attacker. midfielder and defender combined.
His defensive play yesterday was incredible . and as soon as he went off we were weaker for it . and Man City capitalized.

Play like that in defence, with Ings/ Redmond. Boufal/ Djenepo providing the attacks, we will be ok.

3.) 04 Nov 2019 15:37:46
Having now watched the highlights it was clearer to see the we were so much better organised against them. It's crazy to see that amount of difference in such a short space of time.

Again, I feel as though RH playing PEH out of position at LB didn't help us for the goals we conceded.

4.) 04 Nov 2019 18:15:36
saintjay . much better organised . and PASSION!



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.}

1.) 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.}

2.) 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.

3.) 09 Jul 2019 01:30:41
Sam M is most definitely still recovering and will be for at least six months.

4.) 09 Jul 2019 08:39:59
Thanks guys, knew Reed had suffered an injury on loan, didn't realise McQueen had as well.



13 May 2019 09:07:57
A disappointing end to a bittersweet season. We seemed to be doomed in November but credit where it's due, Ralph has turned the club and players around. We seems to have slightly
declined since securing our place in the Premier League next season. There's still a lot of work to do.
I'd like to see the board really financially back Hasenhüttl, give him 80-100m to sign 4/ 5 really good players. Get rid of all the deadweight, we want to be signing that are better than we have that can really take the club forward and increase our chances of finishing in a Europe League spot. Because, if the club wants to progress in the league than they will need the financial backing, we've wasted the VVD money with some sub par signings.

I would say sell these players.

- Forester and McCarthy, both aren't good. I would like to see us sell both of them and buy a better Goalkeeper and have Gunn as number 2

- Cedric, Hoedt, Stephens. Get rid of all of these defenders and sign a new rightback and centreback. I think the Vestergaard and Bednerak are both good enough to be our pairing next season, but if we think that we can
someone better in that we should do so.

- Austin, Elyounoussi, McQueen, Gallagher, Clasie should also be sold. I also don't think that we should sign Danny Ings on a permanent, he's had an okay season, but hasn't been able to become a consistent scorer because of his injuries.

I'd like to see Boufal and Carrillo play next season but we'll see what Ralph makes of them in preseason.


1.) 13 May 2019 10:55:18
Danny Ings has to be signed and paid for. It was the deal with Liverpool that we buy him at the end of the year long loan.

2.) 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.

3.) 13 May 2019 18:35:40
I agree Milky. I'd love to see Boufal come back with the right attitude because he's obviously a very good footballer. As for Carrillo, I just don't think he has what it takes. We need a striker who can net 15 or more goals a season and I'm sure he's not up to that standard. I think that Gunn could be our no.1 for several years, just need an upgrade in the defence in front of him.




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06 Jan 2022 12:01:03
I'm very excited by the takeover, it has to be said. To be the staple in a football club investment strategy that looks to echo what Red Bull has done is a very exciting prospect. It'll take some time to implement and a lot could change by the time the project gets to where the owners want it to be.

That being said, in the short term, I think we'll be more stable as a club. Having investors that will want to invest in the club and the first team, to ensure its success and PL status will put us in a better position. For example, I don't think these guys will go down the route of what we make in the transfer market will dictate what we can spend in the transfer market. If they feel like that club needs the investment of new players to improve year on year, I'm sure they will help us out.

As you mentioned, I think we'll still look to be a "selling" club. Whereby we'll use our black-box method to look to unearth gems, who we can buy and sell for a substantial profit. However, with the direction of modern football and the inflation of transfer prices, I do think that if the club feels like they could buy the next big thing for a hirer price than what we're used to paying, then they might well pay that. So we might just see our transfer record broken.




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30 Sep 2021 14:47:19
The problem is, we're a selling club. We look for young players with big potential and sign them (Redmond, Djenepo, even Elyounoussi) . We give them big contracts, they don't ever reach that potential and even get worse over time. So what happens? The large clubs won't want to buy them (like we initially hoped) . Mid-tier clubs won't buy them because they can buy better talent at the same rate. Smaller clubs won't buy them because they afford them. So they need to stay at Southampton. Of course, that doesn't mean these players need to play every match.

But I agree with both of you, neither players offer us anything going forward. They don't create enough chances. They just fill space on the pitch.




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15 Jan 2021 10:22:51
I think Ralph ran out of patience with him. When Ralph first joined, he was heavily invested in Obafemi, you could tell that he wanted him to succeed and must've spent a lot of time on him. And from the sounds of it, Obafemi hasn't returned the favour. So now Ralph will focus his attention on N’Lundulu and Tella.

There's no doubt that Obafemi has bags of talent and is a good finisher and is a good poacher but if he's not willing to be a team player, we're best off letting him have a decent career.




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15 Jan 2021 09:57:33
I think if we can keep Vestergaard to the end of the season we should. Hopefully, if he can have a better second half of the campaign and increase his stock. Selling him for 40m+ would give us enough transfer budget for the summer. Where we could look to sign, a new CB, new fullback and new attacking mid.

I think the rumour of Ralph leaving is just lazy journalism and so are the other rumours? Don't see why JWP would go to Everton, they're a bigger club than Saints but I don't think he can achieve anything else there that he wouldn't be able to achieve with us. Also, he's probably our most expensive player. I can't imagine we'd let him go for less than 60m.




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06 Oct 2020 07:41:12
I think there's still a period where lower league clubs can sign players on loan. So hopefully he'll be off to the championship on loan.

I'm just relieved we've managed to ship the deadweight from our wage bill.





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10 May 2022 12:57:13
The problem is the aim of the board is and has been to remain in the premier league and to carry on producing talent. As long as Ralph hits those objectives he will be the manager. The board and senior management really like him.

That being said, with the new ownership that could change. I will imagine, Ralph will be given the summer and more money to be able to buy "better" and more players.

So long as our business model is to produce and grow young talent as a Premier League then as fans we won't see Ralph being sacked anytime soon.




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29 Nov 2021 09:29:37
It was a very frustrating game to lose, especially with Ralph electing a new formation and tactics for one of the best football teams in the world right now. Even with our normal and best 11, I don't think we would have gotten anything against this Liverpool squad.

A lot of basic mistakes were made in the game, not tracking runners etc. A few players look to have very bad games, I've only just watched the highlights but the few goals we conceded were very sloppy to concede.

When you concede a goal so early on, especially against a top team, it would have thrown all of Ralph's plans out the window. From the second minute, we were being asked to try and come back against Liverpool.

Attack still looks like a massive issue for us. We'll move on to the Leicester score and see if we can get something out of the game.




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31 Oct 2021 11:30:48
Looks bad on paper. But we've played 4 of the top 6 from last season. And only lost 1 of them (with a man sent off) . We probably deserved more from the Newcastle, Wolves and Burnley match. 2 points out of a possible 9 against these teams, and we had 58 shots across these 3 games with an average of over 60% possession in these games. So we need to be more clinical.




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28 Oct 2021 23:26:14
Here's the catch-22 though. You speak about us not having much of an attacking threat and any creative, (which I agree with) . But you seem to be pinning that responsibility on JWP, who is in the squad to be a defensive midfielder, so I don't really see his tactical purpose to be to create chances. Ofc he slows the play down when he passes sideways and backwards. Equally, movement and options to play the ball forward are few and far between in our side.




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28 Oct 2021 23:19:52
Imo, drawing against Chelsea was a good result and we lost on penalties, not the actual game.
It's interesting that you'd criticise the manager for celebrating a bad result but you also want him to select that same losing team that he celebrated the loss with.

The Djenepo situation was weird, it looked like Ralph was going to replace the fullbacks. But him and Djenepo spoke, and then he replaced the CM's instead. And 5 minutes later Djenepo injured himself.