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    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    Bring back Branfoot wrote:
    It's understandable that fans are disappointed that we haven't been more active in this transfer window, but there are a few things to consider.

    Firstly, we have spent £30+ mill in the last six months! As I've said before, don't expect money on tap, the family aren't idiots. Nigel bought too many players who couldn't nail down regular first team places, that would not have been lost on NC and co. Too many were tried and then benched, no real vision just a lot of changing. The Goalkeepers being the perfect example!

    Secondly, Poch has had a little look at the squad and has probably told NC to hold off on spending more as he thinks we have enough talent to stay up. By doing this it gives him a better chance to evaluate the players at his disposal and to spend wisely in the summer. He's only been in charge for two matches!

    A player could have a purple patch and then be average for the rest of the season. Come July he'll have a much better idea as to just how consistent the players are and in what areas he wants to strengthen.

    It's good that we're not making knee jerk purchases, Poch and NC seem to be looking ahead to next season and want to weigh up their options, as far as who should go and who should come in. The future is very bright with NC at the helm and hopefully Poch lives up to the hype!
    Sensible approach, too many are quick to criticise, but slow to praise, and only time will reveal how right or wrong the decisions have been, as we cannot change anything now, we are stuck with it. All you can do is get behind the Club, the Team,and the Management and show your support as best as you can, but I think I may have said that before, so apologies if I appear to be a bit repetitive.
    Well said OSPers! People are too quick to start drawing conclusions. No one can be sure but I've got a feeling that our points haul will be improve from the first half of the season. And with ostensibly the same group of players and a new manager starting from scratch, I believe you'll see a much improved team with an attacking approach to games.

    The players have now had 5 months to acclimatise to the Premiership and if Poch lives up to his reputation of fielding attack minded teams, I think it will suit our existing squad of players.

    But again it comes back to what you originally said, it's too early to judge anything!"
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Mauricio Pochettino was right not to spend money for Southampton on transfer deadline day, says Adam Leitch

Mauricio Pochettino was right not to spend money for Southampton on transfer deadline day, says Adam Leitch

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Sport
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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

As Saints fans wake up the morning after transfer deadline day, things look pretty much exactly the same at their club as they were before – and why not?

Mauricio Pochettino has had that vital away time to assess his new squad in Barcelona and has clearly come to the conclusion he has what he requires to keep Saints up.

In truth, whatever you may think about whether that will or won’t happen, his logic is understandable.

Saints have strength in depth in their squad.

There was no need whatsoever to waste money on a player to merely provide cover for a position as they have at least two options for every role.

It could be argued that in a few of them the quality would slide slightly if the first choice was ruled out for whatever reason, but even the biggest clubs with the most cash struggle to counter that problem.

Saints had to get at least one centre half in this window, and they did in Vegard Forren.

The only reason for Pochettino to have dipped into the transfer market yesterday was if he could sign somebody that would instantly improve the Saints first team.

And for that to happen it would almost certainly have meant spending a lot of cash, including an inflated January transfer window fee of course, and nudging out a player who has done well for the club.

Where exactly would you do that?

Some fans were hoping for a goalkeeper, but no club needs four first choice stoppers.

In defence the Forren signing gives them strength, and in midfield there are a plethora of options.

Most of the players to have been linked with Saints have been attacking talents.

Sign one of those and you are looking at leaving out two of Adam Lallana, Gaston Ramirez, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez.

Even the back up for the man you take for granted as always being there, Rickie Lambert, is reasonable with Rodriguez able to slot in as well as Emmanuel Mayuka, Guly and Tadanari Lee.

Quite simply, it was a window where Saints didn’t really need to splash the cash.

They have enjoyed an upturn in form leading into the window which meant there was little pressure to spend.

They are the team that have been looking like pulling further away from the drop zone.

There was no need for them to panic buy half a new team, or splash out on a player or two in the desperate hope they prove to be the difference between success and failure come the final reckoning.

What we will never know, of course, is whether there was money to spend.

There was obviously interest in Philippe Coutinho but Inter Milan have cooled talk that a formal bid was actually offered by Saints.

It seems more likely it was informal talks surrounding a fee.

There has been a theory that any spending in the January window would be a good indicator of Saints’ finances, but that isn’t really the case.

When that theory first started coming together following the mysterious, largely unquestioned and unexplained document lodged with Companies House some months ago, there was a sense of worry.

Many thought with the team struggling at that stage and Saints seemingly going to be in a position where they needed considerable January strengthening the amount spent, or not, would be an accurate barometer.

As it has turned out, that hasn’t really been the case. Saints can fully justify their lack of spending in January.

And, looking at it from the sidelines, you have to conclude that, while it might be headline grabbing or exciting, they have made the correct decisions on this one ...

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