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04 May 2021 23:34:57
You have to respect Mauricio pochettino for high fiving Sergio Aguero when he came on in the champions league semi final . that shows an understanding and respect of the game we love!

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07 Mar 2020 13:07:06
Today will be an interesting test of Ralph's team selection. I am hoping he moves JWP back into the number 10 role and uses on of the two right backs we had on the bench last week! Without Armstrong and Smallbone both injured, will be bring back Romeu? I hope not . how about being brave and having PEH and JWP with Djenepo and Boufal outside them .
back to the 'go for the win' mentality.

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1.) 07 Mar 2020 14:49:03
Good to see Ralph reads this forum 👍
Great team selection today 😁.


 

 

10 Nov 2019 00:02:25
ok it's statistics time, and these have shocked me .
2018/ 2019 and 2019/ 2020 seasons
MIDFIELD
PLAYER GAMES ASSISTS
Romeu 43 0
JWP 38 0
PEH 42 3 (0 this season)

so our midfield are not only slow, can't tackle, they have provided ZERO assists this season . and only 3 over two seasons .

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1.) 11 Nov 2019 15:23:04
I think it's a bit harsh to judge Romeu based on his assist rate as he is a defensive midfielder that doesn't get forward. JWP on the other hand should have assists next to his name as our primary set piece 'specialist' - although he barely gets the ball passed the first man from corners.

Looking at our overall assists from the first team, no one really adds anything in this field. There is no standout player that has got near 10 assists over the past 2 seasons.

Redmond - 4 assists last season, 0 this year
Ings - 3 assists last season, 0 this year

We are definitely missing a creative head in midfield, but we need a composed CM that can break up play with a composed head and move the ball forward, sort of like Schneiderlin.


2.) 12 Nov 2019 16:25:52
just to add Sofiane Boufal : 2 assists in 4 1/ 2 games!
The name that sprang to mind with a 'composed head and move the ball forward' . STEVE DAVIS . worked his socks off, has great awareness on the pitch, always looking for the forward pass!
Oh we sold him .
there must be a free agent out there somewhere we can sign ASAP.


3.) 13 Nov 2019 08:34:17
I agree Rich, Boufal is probably our most creative player, even though he is wasteful, he gets in good positions on the pitch and is unpredictable. I feel he should be getting more game time than he has been.

RH needs to use the international break to regroup and go back to the basics. If he wants to use his 4-2-2-2 he needs to drill this into the squad. Setting up to defensive does nothing for us. If we utilise and use the 4-2-2-2 formation correctly and press as a squad of players we will create chances. At the moment we are just sitting back and waiting for the opportunity, we need to start getting into the faces of our opponents. Pressing up top will relieve pressure from our defensive, if our defensive shape is good enough then other teams will struggle to break us down.


4.) 14 Nov 2019 00:00:59
I agree with you saintjay . but . pressing is all well and good if when you don't have the ball you can defend/ tackle . and most importantly get the ball back!
I think, like me, you have realised that our midfield is a huge part of the problem. Pressing is good and i love to see it, but let's say we press and yet again one of those stupid 'give away' passes. the opposition are bearing down on us .
our midfield . JWP can't tackle, can't track back quick enough . he's out of the game. Same for Romeu!
So now the opposition have in effect run straight through us .

Sound familiar? Leicester .

there has to be some free agents out there we are allowed to sign now!

More worryingly Ralph has not be sacked . so that means they believe in him? are they watching different games to us? they way he sets up, the way he changes things, his substitutions . his lack of tactical know how . ie 3-1 down playing awful, being over run . no changes til 70+ minutes .

ok so Ralph not sacked . so they believe in him .
so they must think it's the players . well what you going to do about it SFC!


5.) 14 Nov 2019 23:05:51
If we keep with Ralph they have got to provide him with new faces to fit his formation. At the moment drop those who are not performing - Redmond, Bertrand, Vestergard, PEH and JWP. Bring in Vokins, Boufal, Stephens or Yosh, Slattery and Adams. Back in the day Lawrie Mc would have signed Cahill and Toure on frees for decent wages to bring experience to the squad, help in training too. We now need to sign either the best in youth or pay over the top for quality to add. Having said that Ya Ya is still available!


 

 

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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1.) 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!


2.) 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.


3.) 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.


4.) 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.


5.) 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 :-)


6.) 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 :-)


7.) 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.


 

 

20 Jan 2019 11:20:33
I think the problem I have had til now is the (misguided) belief that as professional footballers, they shouldn't need to be told how to play. I have sat back and watched and thought what the dickens is he doing, why did he make that pass, why did he not close that player down. Koeman was a manager that used to watch, analyse and guide the players and he left.

But SIR H. is different, he adds the dimension of passion! many are saying 'oh its great Bednarek, redmond, [other player]' has upped their game. but reality is they were great players, but just needed that tweak. that direction, that steering and now we have it! an exceptional manager in every way. And I know some think we'll lose him to a 'bigger' team, but fingers crossed he loves it here :-)

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1.) 20 Jan 2019 12:03:17
He will likely leave by the end of next season. by which point we should be rejuvenated and be able to replace him with similar. not the boring dross of a puel or Pellegrino.

It's no good having good players with no direction. Not in the modern game. Also having good players with just "passion" will work for a while but eventually come undone tactically. RH has given them the passion and fight and got the new manager bounce, but he's also sorted us out in terms of fitness, work rate, organisation defensively and a plan when attacking. All of which means it can actually LAST!


2.) 20 Jan 2019 14:12:37
Hopefully the owners/ directors will realise that you can't run a club the size of ours purely as a business. I know that nobody will just throw money at a club the size of Southampton but they must know that if we don't invest we will fall down through the leagues again. Last time that happened we were lucky enough to get Marcus in to rescue us but that's unlikely to happen again. Unfortunately with smaller clubs it's a matter of speculate to accumulate. I just don't think that our present owners are willing to put the money in which makes me question their love of the club. With a little investment RH might be open to staying with us to see if he can get us back to where we were a few years ago.


3.) 20 Jan 2019 19:55:24
I agree that with a bit of investment in new players, RH will stay. He seems to like the club and as he has said before he isn't ready for a big club yet. The fans also seem to love him and he appreciates it, even after matches you can see him looking at the travelling fans or at home.


4.) 20 Jan 2019 21:59:25
You never know if we look after him he might be an old fashioned manager that likes to hang around and see where he can take us. He knows that we'll never be a big club but if he likes a challenge you never know. Whatever he decides in the future I think we need to back him as much as we can now.


5.) 21 Jan 2019 11:33:00
Have you guys watched the fans conference that both Ralphs did last week? Kreuger underlined the whole financial situation. Although Mr Gao hasn't invested a lump sum of money into the transfer window yet, every penny that the club makes goes back into the club. From player sales to match day tickets. They're unlikely to invest in January, but he has hinted that they will be looking to recruit heavily in the summer.

RH summed it up perfectly, by saying that we can't always sign expensive new players and that he'd rather sign someone young into the club that he can develop, so another Bednarek or Hojbjerg or Redmond. Essentially reinstalling the "Southampton way". I mean look at all the players we've spent a lot of money on and how they've worked out:
Vestergaard - okay he's come into the first team under RH but no one has been rating him all season
Carrillo - he played like 2 seconds last season now he's off on loan
Boufal - he's gone off on loan elsewhere
Lemina - good player, but I doubt he'll be able to get into our current team

I just don't think we'll ever be able to please our fans. Half of them want to see youth players coming through the ranks, then the other half want to see millions spent on new players.


6.) 21 Jan 2019 11:29:09
Does anyone think he might get the best out of Carillio and Boufal?


7.) 21 Jan 2019 11:44:49
I would love to change back to the old Southampton way by signing young, hungry players and develop them. Rumours are we trying to sign Clarke from Leeds. "The Southampton Way" type of player. :)

Ralph seems to be really happy here and I hope he will stay at least 'til the end of his current contract. Hopefully much longer!


 

 

 

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01 Jun 2021 21:17:04
After seeing Pep's tinkering in the CL Final, maybe Ralph will see the errs of his ways. If Pep, arguably the best manager in the world, can leave out two players who have been the backbone of Man City, maybe we'll cut Ralph some slack.
But total respect to Chelsea for choosing a manager who has upstaged Pep three times in a row 👍👍.

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18 May 2021 21:43:05
Ralph and his bizarre substitutions strike again!
Interesting listen to Dave Merrington and Adam Blackmore discussing Ralph needing different coaches around him. It's simple, he consults no one, in fact barely a word is exchanged between him and his staff.
He has been given too much power, too much of a free reign. he never ever moves back to the dugout and discuss things.
He has an excellent assistant manager in Richard K, but Ralph is Ralph .

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1.) 19 May 2021 08:42:50
Mixed feelings about last night. I thought we played really well but had a level of naivety that eventually cost us. I did feel entertained, but sadly there has to be results too or we do a Norwich season in season out.


2.) 19 May 2021 13:56:17
Must agree with other posters that Vestergaard and Bednarek need to be moved along as our defence doesn’t quite cut it with a necessary rebuild around Mo Salisu and KWP required with Stephens retained as backup Squad player. Guess we’re needing at least 6/ 7 new signings bearing. in mind our Forward and GOALKEEPING shortfalls with 4/ 5 players sold on ( excluding Berty and any returning ON LOAN players) A NEW LOOK OUTFIT for next season. GOOD LUCK!


 

 

10 May 2021 22:11:47
So we survive to fight another year 👍👍
Thank god we all won't have a nail biting end to the season.
Let's see some youth in the team and relegate Redmond, Djenepo to the bench!

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1.) 13 May 2021 00:40:07
A nice tribute letter to the fans from Berty recognising the timing is exactly right before the pendulum swings in the opposite direction. Good luck in the future Ryan and thanks. It’s noted that any plaudits to Ralph were omitted—HMM! It would be fitting if Theo followed suit! It’s pleasing that several posts suggesting more Young Players be given opportunities seems to have filtered through to headquarters-what a coincidence! I’m sure with the right recruitment this could be a change in fortunes for SFC.


 

 

26 Apr 2021 21:23:59
Kept quiet for a while, seen so many posts about the sad situation we have found Saints in.
Lots and lots of criticism of Ralph. do I feel sorry for him, yes part of me! he has players who are simply not performing as a professional footballer should. Where once the premier league was made up of a core of exceptional teams, a few middle of the road teams, and the rest 'also ran', today's premier league has quality players in every team.!
Djenepo and Redmond have not progressed at all. I start with them because they are responsible for providing for the strikers, they are simply not good enough.
Bertrand . adds nothing, too slow, needs to foul to recover situation

Diallo . absolutely has no concept of how fast the PL is!
JWP? I have started to believe that to achieve 100% play time is all that matters! He hides behind KWP. he hides beside Bednerek and Vestergard For god sake get up that pitch and play smart balls to Ingsy .

Ralph .
has a liking of playing players out of position even when players are available
His substitutions are bordering on amateur!
Great bloke ., not good enough for the PL.

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1.) 28 Apr 2021 12:22:19
Unfortunately I have to agree with most of what you say. At the moment I can't name one of our players that would get a regular spot in any of the top ten teams. Bertrand needs to move on as do Redmond, Djenepo, Wallcott, Stephens and one or maybe even both of the keepers. I can't see Ralph being given much of a transfer pot for summer signings so I think relegation beckons at the end of next season that's assuming of course that we don't get relegated this season which looks more than possible.


2.) 29 Apr 2021 21:43:52
Hi Teejaysaint
I’m finding it really hard to criticise Ralph as he is such a nice guy, he loves Southampton as a town, he is also sociable and genuine. BUT and it’s a huge but, he has some huge deficiencies when it comes to managing in the PL.
I haven’t delved into the Austrian Leagues etc but some how I doubt the bottom clubs have international players flowing through their veins, let alone mid table teams full of quality players.
As it stands, you could give Ralph 200 million to buy better players, but I’m not sure he has the ability/ knowledge to utillize those new players.
Let’s look at the spurs game .
Ingsy injured . he doesn’t bring on an attacker, he disrupts the midfield instead and brings on Diallo
If us mere mortals who played at amateur level can see Diallo has been awful, why can’t the manager?

Is Ralph still learning and we should give him a chance? Maybe!
Imagine being in his shoes, having multiple international players, playing at an unacceptable level.
he’s trying to learn his PL trade while baffled at watching professional footballers not performing how he expects!
I’d love a season where Redmond, Djenepo, Bertrand, are no longer in the team.


3.) 30 Apr 2021 00:57:33
Hi buddy. I've supported Saints for 58 years and I've seen some brilliant players and some downright awful players but never have I seen a whole team looking bewildered and disinterested like the present side have over the past few weeks. Yes some of the blame must go on Ralph and his coaches but once the team is out on the pitch the least they can do is give 100% but that's not the case recently. Take JWP. Captain and so called loves the club and should be leading by example but he seems to have gone into a patch where he's not sure what he's supposed to be doing. Most of our senior players seem to have hit bad form at the same time. Next season is make or break for Saints in my opinion. I think that if we are relegated it will be many years before we return to the top flight. We need a massive injection of cash to bring the team up to premier league standard but that's just not going to happen.


4.) 30 Apr 2021 18:31:01
A couple of very good posts today.
So, looking at the common threads running through posts in recent weeks, either Ralph is right and all of us are wrong, or.
The sad thing is, things on the pitch are so dire I’m finding more enjoyment on this forum listening to the views of like minded Saints fans (in the main) than I am watching the team I have followed for all my life. How sad is that?!
Worse still, and this is the first time I’ve ever said this - I don’t particularly care what we do tonight. Our ship has sailed this season - we had our big chance to make this a year to remember against Leicester in the semi-final. If we beat them tonight it would probably make that defeat all the more galling.


 

 

19 Apr 2021 08:49:38
As everyone else is saying, the performance yesterday was clueless, devoid of ideas, I thought they were playing for penalties from the 5th minute!
Lots of blame being laid on Ralph's head. Some I would agree. his inability to recognise who is playing badly and sub them is a huge shortcoming. His lack of tactical changes, his team selection.
But let's be fair, he picked a good side.
Redmond and Djenepo were two I have not rated all season, but Redmond seemed to up his game previously and Djenepo seemed sharper. But what Ralph got was two no hopers who were terrible with and without the ball, in fact I'm not sure they had a cross between them let alone an important pass! They both broke up many of OUR attacks!
Dallio - not up to the speed of the premier league, strolls around like it's a friendly, gives away the ball too much.
Walcott absolutely non existent when he came on.
Bertrand too slow, poor marking which results in home chasing shadows.
JWP . what is he doing playing so deep AGAIN? Spent more time in the hole behind KWP? And around the centre backs . why? He should be playing his pin point passes to the attack not to the midfield or across the back line?

Ings . played deeper and deeper trying to get the ball, felt sorry for him

He knew after the wba game he had quite a few 'passengers' . sadly they let him down again and they let down us fans .
disgraceful and lazy performance with no heart.

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1.) 19 Apr 2021 13:33:14
Absolutely true. IMO, get rid of the players who don't contribute. Bertrand has gone through the motions this season, can't even take a throw in. get rid. Vestergaard, if Spuds want to pay £30m get shot, can't turn, loses his man in the box. no pace. we should have played fringe players against WBA, Tella, Salisu, they're the future. Leicester came with a game plan, 3 big defenders against Ings. we were never going to beat them in the air but kept playing high balls. we made Evans look like a world beater. we won't keep Ings and Ralph will go too.


2.) 19 Apr 2021 23:07:52
St Yorkshire . what I find bizarre, bordering on surreal, is how was it so obvious to you, I and probably 1000s of others, that thumping the ball up to Ings while surrounded by much bigger players, wasn’t working?
Playing the ball into spaces Ings could run into would have been much more productive!
I’m starting to wonder if Ralph is concentrating on ‘what are these players doing’ rather than concentrate on tactical changes .
Although I am hearing Ralph spoke highly of the team effort, suggesting the players left everything on the pitch?
If he really thought that then you can add me to the list of people who have (sadly) accepted it’s the end for Ralph.
I’m not sure I’ve ever known a number of players who’s contribution to the game is so varied!
Redmond Djenepo Walcott Diallo . I’d never pick again.


3.) 20 Apr 2021 15:56:39
Add Bertrand to that list.


 

 

 

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25 Feb 2021 16:12:33
Overpaid pretenders : one standout pretender is Redmond, to be playing him upfront is bizarre.
Not quite good enough - sadly I think Bertrand is past his best by quite a way.
Stephens - simply not good enough

The bednerek and vestergard partnership worked very well, but now Salisu is on the team sheet, that partnership is gone.

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25 Feb 2021 16:07:16
I think you’ll find Ralph is someone who likes to make the decisions. He stands up the whole game and very rarely consults his coaching staff! He doesn’t even stand near his coaching staff! Richard K the assistant is a very knowledgeable and experienced man.

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14 Jan 2021 21:53:17
Our selection is not just about a young player who can score and is a free agent. A huge emphasis is put on character, lifestyle etc when Southampton are interested in someone, they watch, watch, listen, enquire, watch and watch . often in ‘secret’. You can be absolutely sure Ralph knows exactly who he wants . at the moment he is seeing who he can ‘tune’ . Vestergaard and Prowsey spring to mind.

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08 Jan 2021 22:57:11
Why would we? Yes we could have him as another option, but Ralph is building his squad around a core of players, with excellent ‘stand ins’ especially making full use of the academy. He has created a tactical plan that is being taught to every level at Southampton.
I think we will see a reduction in buys and an increase in bringing players through.

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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!

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24 May 2021 19:36:55
Redmond : what more does he have to do to get dropped, not to the bench, but completely?
I was watching saints a few games ago and the commentator was enthusing over how wonderful Redmond is? He is awful in every department, he is not a team player, poor shooter, poor passer, poor tackler, poor at tracking back . it Ralph continues to pick him!

Redmond and Djenepo break up so many of our own attacks is terrible. Very rarely do we attack at pace, because as soon as one of these gets the ball, it’s a stop, step over, look around . pass back! ’

JWP . needs to get back into a more forward role running the midfield, not running the central defence!

We need to be growing as have many lower end/ mid table teams. Playing much more fluently, faster and skilfully.
It may more that we have stood still, while the PL quality is improving around us.

If we don’t want to drop and drop then players like Redmond and Djenepo must be moved on.

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14 May 2021 19:34:47
Djenepo has definitely plateaued. You could improve the team for free by not playing him. He breaks up so many of our attacks, I believe his stats say that he has only made three successful crosses in his PL career!
Redmond - I wonder how many goals Ings could have scored had Redmond passed to him instead of shooting, losing the ball, going backwards . again someone who breaks up so many of our attacks!

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08 May 2021 22:29:09
Redmond, Walcott served ZERO purpose .
JWP . contributes nothing in the final third - where he is supposed to be contributing!

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29 Apr 2021 21:43:52
Hi Teejaysaint
I’m finding it really hard to criticise Ralph as he is such a nice guy, he loves Southampton as a town, he is also sociable and genuine. BUT and it’s a huge but, he has some huge deficiencies when it comes to managing in the PL.
I haven’t delved into the Austrian Leagues etc but some how I doubt the bottom clubs have international players flowing through their veins, let alone mid table teams full of quality players.
As it stands, you could give Ralph 200 million to buy better players, but I’m not sure he has the ability/ knowledge to utillize those new players.
Let’s look at the spurs game .
Ingsy injured . he doesn’t bring on an attacker, he disrupts the midfield instead and brings on Diallo
If us mere mortals who played at amateur level can see Diallo has been awful, why can’t the manager?

Is Ralph still learning and we should give him a chance? Maybe!
Imagine being in his shoes, having multiple international players, playing at an unacceptable level.
he’s trying to learn his PL trade while baffled at watching professional footballers not performing how he expects!
I’d love a season where Redmond, Djenepo, Bertrand, are no longer in the team.

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19 Apr 2021 23:07:52
St Yorkshire . what I find bizarre, bordering on surreal, is how was it so obvious to you, I and probably 1000s of others, that thumping the ball up to Ings while surrounded by much bigger players, wasn’t working?
Playing the ball into spaces Ings could run into would have been much more productive!
I’m starting to wonder if Ralph is concentrating on ‘what are these players doing’ rather than concentrate on tactical changes .
Although I am hearing Ralph spoke highly of the team effort, suggesting the players left everything on the pitch?
If he really thought that then you can add me to the list of people who have (sadly) accepted it’s the end for Ralph.
I’m not sure I’ve ever known a number of players who’s contribution to the game is so varied!
Redmond Djenepo Walcott Diallo . I’d never pick again.

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