Dearth of striking resources laid bare by Jay injury

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Jay Rodriguez’s injury could add further pressure on Saints to strengthen their squad this summer – despite the club’s “difficult” financial position.

The devastating knee injury suffered by the forward has left him facing about six months on the sidelines, writing off the rest of this season and the World Cup, as well as the start of the next campaign.

It is a cruel blow for a young player who was in the form of his career and potentially on the cusp of gracing football’s grandest stage.

Beyond that, though, it could also have implications for the club this summer.

Saints’ new board has inherited what they describe as a “difficult” financial situation from previous chairman Nicola Cortese, with £27m still owed in transfer payments – £22m of which is due next season – and a £30m training ground to be funded.

That may well have an impact on spending in the upcoming window.

Yet, while they have enjoyed an outstanding season, Saints will no doubt have to strengthen their squad if they are to continue to progress, as they have for the past five years.

The likely loss of Rodriguez for the first two months of the next campaign only serves to heighten that need.

While he is one player Saints will have no desire to replace long-term, assuming he returns without his capabilities diminished, there is a potential void there for a fairly significant portion of the new season that might now need filling.

Saints’ ambition has been to climb the table and, ultimately, challenge for the European, and even Champions League, positions.

It is a vision that has been sold to many of the club’s players, who will want to see it committed to once again this summer.

The next few months are clearly a pivotal period for Saints, with a question mark hanging over the long-term future of manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is still being heavily linked with Tottenham.

A number of senior players have already expressed their desire to see the 42-year-old agree a new long-term contract, indicating that a fresh deal for him will help keep key members of the squad stay at the club. But they also want to see some quality additions arrive in the marketplace, in order to help them keep pace with the European contenders.

Attack is one area that will surely need addressing, with Rodriguez’s injury limiting their depth even further.

Immediately, Gastón Ramírez would appear the most obvious replacement, but he was absent from last Saturday’s game against Manchester City with an ankle injury.

Long-term, there is also a question mark over whether the 23-year-old will remain at the club, having been linked with a move back to Italy.

The Uruguay international has had a limited impact since arriving at St Mary’s in 2012, in what was then a club-record £12m deal, with six goals and six assists in 43 Premier League appearances, although he has shown better form in recent months.

Keeping Adam Lallana this summer will be a priority, while Steven Davis has enjoyed an excellent season to the right of the captain.

James Ward-Prowse can also play one of the advanced midfield roles, but Saints have few options beyond that.

Guly do Prado can fit in there, but he has been used only sparingly and is out of contract in the summer.

In terms of out-and-out strikers, the only two available right now are Rickie Lambert and 18-year-old Sam Gallagher who, while promising, is only taking his initial steps at first-team level.

Club-record signing Dani Osvaldo had been a high-profile addition, but was loaned out after his alleged headbutt on teammate José Fonte.

However, the Italian international has done little with Juventus, failing to score in Serie A since arriving there at the end of January.

His lack of form makes it increasingly certain that the runaway leaders will not exercise the option to sign him permanently for a fee of about £15.6m at the end of the season.

That means Saints would have to accept a cut-price deal to get rid of him, which would at least possibly provide some funds to reinvest, or consider bringing him back into the fold – although that still appears a very unlikely option.

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7:50am Wed 9 Apr 14

SaintinCanada says...

Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance?

Can somebody from the Board speak out about this?
Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance? Can somebody from the Board speak out about this? SaintinCanada
  • Score: 4

8:47am Wed 9 Apr 14

justaSaintsfan says...

SaintinCanada wrote:
Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance?

Can somebody from the Board speak out about this?
I agree, but also think actions will speak louder than words.

Southampton FC will do what needs to be done in the summer!!!

In Saints I trust!!

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward for Saints as usual!!!
[quote][p][bold]SaintinCanada[/bold] wrote: Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance? Can somebody from the Board speak out about this?[/p][/quote]I agree, but also think actions will speak louder than words. Southampton FC will do what needs to be done in the summer!!! In Saints I trust!! Worry not!!! Onward and upward for Saints as usual!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 6

9:01am Wed 9 Apr 14

legh_langston says...

Great opportunity for Gallagher & Ward-Prowse to show the value of home produced players!
Great opportunity for Gallagher & Ward-Prowse to show the value of home produced players! legh_langston
  • Score: 9

9:11am Wed 9 Apr 14

derbydog1 says...

The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League.

Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?
The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League. Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship? derbydog1
  • Score: 6

9:22am Wed 9 Apr 14

Blandford Saints says...

£80m TV money in the bank for just finishing this season. Sam should now be given the chance with Adam and Rickie. Onwards and upwards!!
£80m TV money in the bank for just finishing this season. Sam should now be given the chance with Adam and Rickie. Onwards and upwards!! Blandford Saints
  • Score: 8

9:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

ShakeyWiffles says...

Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?
Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination? ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 7

10:37am Wed 9 Apr 14

Kingontail says...

lazy reporting as usual - no understanding on part of DE as to how transfer payments work and no appreciation that our situation is no different to any other club.
lazy reporting as usual - no understanding on part of DE as to how transfer payments work and no appreciation that our situation is no different to any other club. Kingontail
  • Score: 13

10:37am Wed 9 Apr 14

Puddletown Saint says...

As sorry as I still feel for Jay this is a massive opportunity for the likes of Sam and JWP. Would also like to see MoPo give a run out to the likes of Rowe and Sinclair, although alas I do not think these boys will make the grade. If MoPo does not fancy them boys then may be a chance to McQueen, Hesketh, Seagar or even Sims.

As for purchase, Jordon Rhodes or Berinho could fit the bill.

As for finances here is my what if. Sell Dani, Gaston and Victor = £35M add this to £100M income and take off wages £50M and transfer debt £27M = net profit of £58M. Can sure buy a new striker, attacking midfielder, centre back, left back and goalkeeper with that. COYR.
As sorry as I still feel for Jay this is a massive opportunity for the likes of Sam and JWP. Would also like to see MoPo give a run out to the likes of Rowe and Sinclair, although alas I do not think these boys will make the grade. If MoPo does not fancy them boys then may be a chance to McQueen, Hesketh, Seagar or even Sims. As for purchase, Jordon Rhodes or Berinho could fit the bill. As for finances here is my what if. Sell Dani, Gaston and Victor = £35M add this to £100M income and take off wages £50M and transfer debt £27M = net profit of £58M. Can sure buy a new striker, attacking midfielder, centre back, left back and goalkeeper with that. COYR. Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 6

10:39am Wed 9 Apr 14

alan.of.eastleigh says...

SaintinCanada wrote:
Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance?

Can somebody from the Board speak out about this?
They already have!

Gaston and Gallagher must both seize this opportunity to impress. May also be a chance for Rowe to show his worth too!
[quote][p][bold]SaintinCanada[/bold] wrote: Still talking about LAST YEAR'S balance? Can somebody from the Board speak out about this?[/p][/quote]They already have! Gaston and Gallagher must both seize this opportunity to impress. May also be a chance for Rowe to show his worth too! alan.of.eastleigh
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

miltonnroad76 says...

80 million from tv should cover that and sell dani even if just for 10 million if we can and find another english forward would be ideal....as for gaston well hopefully he will be injury free for rest of season and give him a chance..he is allways in uruguays squad so he aint that bad! Remember people were calling jay waste of money 2 years ago....and yeah it golden chance for sam to show us what he can do. I too have lost enthusiasm for the rest of the season coz of Jay BUT Sam can make it an exciting end for us and maybe Reed and others ....tho saturday will be hard Cardiff must win we neednt and who would blame alan luke or rickie taking care in t50 balls after last week....id rather see the three of them shine for england than get injured earning useless league points ....we wont catch manu and we wont be caught by newcastle .Tho I usually go club before country i know how much it will mean to our players to go to brazil and also it will raise southamptons profile worldwide. UTS!
80 million from tv should cover that and sell dani even if just for 10 million if we can and find another english forward would be ideal....as for gaston well hopefully he will be injury free for rest of season and give him a chance..he is allways in uruguays squad so he aint that bad! Remember people were calling jay waste of money 2 years ago....and yeah it golden chance for sam to show us what he can do. I too have lost enthusiasm for the rest of the season coz of Jay BUT Sam can make it an exciting end for us and maybe Reed and others ....tho saturday will be hard Cardiff must win we neednt and who would blame alan luke or rickie taking care in t50 balls after last week....id rather see the three of them shine for england than get injured earning useless league points ....we wont catch manu and we wont be caught by newcastle .Tho I usually go club before country i know how much it will mean to our players to go to brazil and also it will raise southamptons profile worldwide. UTS! miltonnroad76
  • Score: 1

12:56pm Wed 9 Apr 14

boilerman says...

Puddletown Saint wrote:
As sorry as I still feel for Jay this is a massive opportunity for the likes of Sam and JWP. Would also like to see MoPo give a run out to the likes of Rowe and Sinclair, although alas I do not think these boys will make the grade. If MoPo does not fancy them boys then may be a chance to McQueen, Hesketh, Seagar or even Sims.

As for purchase, Jordon Rhodes or Berinho could fit the bill.

As for finances here is my what if. Sell Dani, Gaston and Victor = £35M add this to £100M income and take off wages £50M and transfer debt £27M = net profit of £58M. Can sure buy a new striker, attacking midfielder, centre back, left back and goalkeeper with that. COYR.
Careful the Wanyama mafia will be after you.
Joking aside I think our record of buying players over the last two years is not good with only Lovren really showing his worth.
[quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: As sorry as I still feel for Jay this is a massive opportunity for the likes of Sam and JWP. Would also like to see MoPo give a run out to the likes of Rowe and Sinclair, although alas I do not think these boys will make the grade. If MoPo does not fancy them boys then may be a chance to McQueen, Hesketh, Seagar or even Sims. As for purchase, Jordon Rhodes or Berinho could fit the bill. As for finances here is my what if. Sell Dani, Gaston and Victor = £35M add this to £100M income and take off wages £50M and transfer debt £27M = net profit of £58M. Can sure buy a new striker, attacking midfielder, centre back, left back and goalkeeper with that. COYR.[/p][/quote]Careful the Wanyama mafia will be after you. Joking aside I think our record of buying players over the last two years is not good with only Lovren really showing his worth. boilerman
  • Score: -2

2:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Poch knows what we need and he will take his shopping list to the meeting he will have with the top brass in the close season. The ball will be in their court then.....
Crossroads summer for the club coming up. Invest in the squad and push on into the higher reaches of the division or stagnate?
Poch knows what we need and he will take his shopping list to the meeting he will have with the top brass in the close season. The ball will be in their court then..... Crossroads summer for the club coming up. Invest in the squad and push on into the higher reaches of the division or stagnate? Jan28th1984
  • Score: 1

2:26pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

A striker with PL experience would be nice.Javier Hernandez of manure would be a great asset, and he would get a regular start in a Saints team. With RL and AL, I could see all 3 combined banging in 50+ goals...The only stumbling block, could we afford him?
As for a keeper, either Tim Krull of Newcastle, or Brad Guzan of Villa would be a great buy. Over to the forum. COYR
A striker with PL experience would be nice.Javier Hernandez of manure would be a great asset, and he would get a regular start in a Saints team. With RL and AL, I could see all 3 combined banging in 50+ goals...The only stumbling block, could we afford him? As for a keeper, either Tim Krull of Newcastle, or Brad Guzan of Villa would be a great buy. Over to the forum. COYR Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Steve_N says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?
Yes he has scored but not in Serie A, unless I am mistaken. Seem to recall they were in Europe League ties. Also remember a report suggesting he threw his toys out of the pram when he was substituted in a recent game. Don't suppose there's any chance of him mending his ways in time for next season and going on to score a shed load of goals for us. Sorry, thank I must have had a little too much fizzy pop already.
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?[/p][/quote]Yes he has scored but not in Serie A, unless I am mistaken. Seem to recall they were in Europe League ties. Also remember a report suggesting he threw his toys out of the pram when he was substituted in a recent game. Don't suppose there's any chance of him mending his ways in time for next season and going on to score a shed load of goals for us. Sorry, thank I must have had a little too much fizzy pop already. Steve_N
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Steve_N says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?
Yes he has scored but not in Serie A, unless I am mistaken. Seem to recall they were in Europe League ties. Also remember a report suggesting he threw his toys out of the pram when he was substituted in a recent game. Don't suppose there's any chance of him mending his ways in time for next season and going on to score a shed load of goals for us. Sorry, think I must have had a little too much fizzy pop already.
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?[/p][/quote]Yes he has scored but not in Serie A, unless I am mistaken. Seem to recall they were in Europe League ties. Also remember a report suggesting he threw his toys out of the pram when he was substituted in a recent game. Don't suppose there's any chance of him mending his ways in time for next season and going on to score a shed load of goals for us. Sorry, think I must have had a little too much fizzy pop already. Steve_N
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

derbydog1 wrote:
The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League.

Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?
Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he?
[quote][p][bold]derbydog1[/bold] wrote: The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League. Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

8:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

wagsta says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?
Europa cup only not la liga
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: Hasn't Osvaldo scored twice whilst out on loan? Or was that my imagination?[/p][/quote]Europa cup only not la liga wagsta
  • Score: 0

8:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
derbydog1 wrote:
The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League.

Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?
Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he?
Well spotted that man! That should bring a few comments. Hee here.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derbydog1[/bold] wrote: The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League. Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he?[/p][/quote]Well spotted that man! That should bring a few comments. Hee here. Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Clever Dick wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
derbydog1 wrote:
The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League.

Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?
Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he?
Well spotted that man! That should bring a few comments. Hee here.
Or even hee hee!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derbydog1[/bold] wrote: The £27M need to be seen in perspective. Sell Osvaldo (even at a loss) and Ramires (at break even, or a possible profit) and most of that figure is covered. The debt looks as if it was largely run up on those two players anyway.Then the next pot of gold from Sky clicks in to help fund a signing or two for next season. The lesson from Osvaldo/Ramires is that Serie A players find it hard to adapt to the Premier League. Any more JayRods to be found in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Ramires plays for Chelsea doesn't he?[/p][/quote]Well spotted that man! That should bring a few comments. Hee here.[/p][/quote]Or even hee hee! Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Manure scored through Evra, 30 seconds later it is 1 1 Mandzukic.
Manure scored through Evra, 30 seconds later it is 1 1 Mandzukic. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

2 1 Bayern now Muller
2 1 Bayern now Muller OSPREYSAINT
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9:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

3 1 Robben strikes a killer bow
3 1 Robben strikes a killer bow OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
3 1 Robben strikes a killer bow
bow that should be blow, where the l the l went I'll never know.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: 3 1 Robben strikes a killer bow[/p][/quote]bow that should be blow, where the l the l went I'll never know. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Barcelona are 1 down against Atletico Madrid, have had 72% of possession and 12 shots 3 on target, who do they remind you of? Lionel Missee tonight it seems.
Barcelona are 1 down against Atletico Madrid, have had 72% of possession and 12 shots 3 on target, who do they remind you of? Lionel Missee tonight it seems. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

So Bayern and Atletico go through.
So Bayern and Atletico go through. OSPREYSAINT
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