Poch not afraid to play young guns

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Mauricio Pochettino insists he isn’t afraid to blood more youngsters as Saints battle an injury crisis.

Victor Wanyama has become the latest player to deliver bad news to his boss after it was confirmed he will be ruled out for a time with a hairline fracture in his leg.

He joins Artur Boruc, Kelvin Davis, Danny Fox, Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Guly do Prado in the treatment room.

In addition, key defender Jose Fonte faces a late fitness test ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Manchester City at St Mary’s.

Gaston Ramirez’s return from a heavy cold is the only good news on the injury front for Pochettino.

who is preparing to name a handful of youngsters untested at Premier League level on the bench.
He is adamant he won’t worry about using them.
“Of course we have the confidence they can come into fold and can play well in first team action,” he said.
“We assume certain risks when we throw them into that environment but we shouldn’t forget Ward-Prowse, Shaw, Chambers are also young players who are already in the fold and taking part in first team action and are only 18 or 19-years-old.
“I think this is our process, a process of maturity of giving these players experience.
“It’s a process to be executing when the team is playing well and also in these tough moments when these young players are thrown into these situations.
“It’s a good moment for them to acquire a lot more experience and be part of the first team.”
He added: “It’s clear that injuries are the worst aspect of football.
“Nobody wants to be injured and it’s the most negative aspect and we have been unlucky of late with all these injuries coming more or less at the same time.

“We need to be strong, we need to keep on believing, keep on thinking we can be strong and understand these things can happen in football.
“That’s normal.
“Right now we are going through that moment and we just need to keep on looking forward positively into the future.
“I am confident that we can overcome this bad run we are on – that’s what we’re working for.
“This is the project we are on at Southampton, to mix very young players with more experienced players.
“This is a big test for us right now and it also gives us a good chance to bring in some of the younger players such as (Harrison) Reed, (Sam) Gallagher, Cody (Cropper), (Matt) Targett.
“It’s a very good experience for them to be in the midst of more veteran players in the senior side.
“It’s a very good chance for us to execute that plan of brining younger players into the side."

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7:37am Sat 7 Dec 13

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Prefer to do it through choice and not necessity. City too...
Prefer to do it through choice and not necessity. City too... Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

8:05am Sat 7 Dec 13

Tony in Liberia says...

HI from Rwanda - looks like my subtle plea for the forum to club together for a return flight home before the Villa game didn't work ...

This is a long post, so feel free to ignore it or skip to the end - far too much time on my hands over here at weekends!

This 'kids' thing is interesting; on the one hand, Hansen’s' famous "you don't win anything with kids" is right – although Utd won the league that year; they had more elder players than kids in the team, and those older players were amongst the very best in the country. It's all in the blend, and in how ready the kids in question are to face the cut & thrust of the Prem - and a prem that's a vastly different place now than it was then. Beckham etc. were up against teams made mostly of good English pros, against whom they were fully able to compete, whereas our kids will be up against world-class talent. The Prem in those days was probably more similar to today's championship, and we could easily play our blend of kids and top pros in the Champ and win it at a canter. I'm not so sure we can do the same in the Prem.

As an example, I was watching the Chelsea game over here, and I felt it was a game too far for JWP; that if we had more strength in depth he would have been taken out of the team a couple of matches earlier to rest a bit, bask on his laurels, and savour the feeling of having achieved without the pressure of the next game coming. But we didn’t; we kept playing him, and it came unstuck in that game. David Pleat was commentating for the African TV and said, as the teams warmed up, that JWP was his dark-horse pick for the World Cup squad, that he was as talented as Barclay and the other youngsters on the scene, but much more consistent. Pleat then apologised for JWP's crossing - his corners were woeful - before he went off. It's not that youngsters haven't got the talent - it's just much more difficult to maintain consistency at that age. Plus young people naturally haven’t got the ability you develop with years to balance tremendous achievement with the knocks of occasional failure. I don’t know JWP, but it is easy to imagine that his self-belief could have taken more of a knock from that one game than it was boosted by all the good things that went before. Not many of our players emerged from that game covered in glory, but someone like Llalana is probably better able to place that game against the life-experience of occasional bad games, and not be too bothered by it.

On the other hand, if you stock up the squad with good, experienced pros, where is the space for the youngsters to come in? Steve Davis must hate being JWP's understudy, and Jack Cork must hate his current role even more. It's very hard to keep players of that quality in the squad - unless you can offer them bucket-loads of money like the City’s and Chelsea’s.

So, I’m not saying JWP isn’t a great player – he is, and looks certain to be an England international of the future – I’m just worried that our approach to him, and now maybe our other very talented youngsters, will be dictated by the current injury crisis, rather than as a carefully-crafted long-term development plan. And the only two options are to buy in experience, with all the route-blocking that entails, or play youngsters before they are ready/more than they are ready for, and hamper their development.

So, it's a balancing act, and in our case one that is unbalanced by an injury crisis. I would prefer to stick with the policy of bringing through the academy players, but in order to do so we will have to forgo some measure of instant success. We will not be top 6 this year relying on the kids, but if managed right it should help us get to that level in a couple of years. So, we as fans have to accept less success now for more success later, but while doing that we have to maintain our incredible level of support for the team and not lose sight of those long-term goals. As much as anything else, the success of the kids project is down to us and the backing we give to whoever puts on the shirt, and our acceptance of losing as part of a learning curve.

Or better still, let’s bring back the Football Combination – terrible idea to stop that!
HI from Rwanda - looks like my subtle plea for the forum to club together for a return flight home before the Villa game didn't work ... This is a long post, so feel free to ignore it or skip to the end - far too much time on my hands over here at weekends! This 'kids' thing is interesting; on the one hand, Hansen’s' famous "you don't win anything with kids" is right – although Utd won the league that year; they had more elder players than kids in the team, and those older players were amongst the very best in the country. It's all in the blend, and in how ready the kids in question are to face the cut & thrust of the Prem - and a prem that's a vastly different place now than it was then. Beckham etc. were up against teams made mostly of good English pros, against whom they were fully able to compete, whereas our kids will be up against world-class talent. The Prem in those days was probably more similar to today's championship, and we could easily play our blend of kids and top pros in the Champ and win it at a canter. I'm not so sure we can do the same in the Prem. As an example, I was watching the Chelsea game over here, and I felt it was a game too far for JWP; that if we had more strength in depth he would have been taken out of the team a couple of matches earlier to rest a bit, bask on his laurels, and savour the feeling of having achieved without the pressure of the next game coming. But we didn’t; we kept playing him, and it came unstuck in that game. David Pleat was commentating for the African TV and said, as the teams warmed up, that JWP was his dark-horse pick for the World Cup squad, that he was as talented as Barclay and the other youngsters on the scene, but much more consistent. Pleat then apologised for JWP's crossing - his corners were woeful - before he went off. It's not that youngsters haven't got the talent - it's just much more difficult to maintain consistency at that age. Plus young people naturally haven’t got the ability you develop with years to balance tremendous achievement with the knocks of occasional failure. I don’t know JWP, but it is easy to imagine that his self-belief could have taken more of a knock from that one game than it was boosted by all the good things that went before. Not many of our players emerged from that game covered in glory, but someone like Llalana is probably better able to place that game against the life-experience of occasional bad games, and not be too bothered by it. On the other hand, if you stock up the squad with good, experienced pros, where is the space for the youngsters to come in? Steve Davis must hate being JWP's understudy, and Jack Cork must hate his current role even more. It's very hard to keep players of that quality in the squad - unless you can offer them bucket-loads of money like the City’s and Chelsea’s. So, I’m not saying JWP isn’t a great player – he is, and looks certain to be an England international of the future – I’m just worried that our approach to him, and now maybe our other very talented youngsters, will be dictated by the current injury crisis, rather than as a carefully-crafted long-term development plan. And the only two options are to buy in experience, with all the route-blocking that entails, or play youngsters before they are ready/more than they are ready for, and hamper their development. So, it's a balancing act, and in our case one that is unbalanced by an injury crisis. I would prefer to stick with the policy of bringing through the academy players, but in order to do so we will have to forgo some measure of instant success. We will not be top 6 this year relying on the kids, but if managed right it should help us get to that level in a couple of years. So, we as fans have to accept less success now for more success later, but while doing that we have to maintain our incredible level of support for the team and not lose sight of those long-term goals. As much as anything else, the success of the kids project is down to us and the backing we give to whoever puts on the shirt, and our acceptance of losing as part of a learning curve. Or better still, let’s bring back the Football Combination – terrible idea to stop that! Tony in Liberia

9:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

george chivers says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
HI from Rwanda - looks like my subtle plea for the forum to club together for a return flight home before the Villa game didn't work ...

This is a long post, so feel free to ignore it or skip to the end - far too much time on my hands over here at weekends!

This 'kids' thing is interesting; on the one hand, Hansen’s' famous "you don't win anything with kids" is right – although Utd won the league that year; they had more elder players than kids in the team, and those older players were amongst the very best in the country. It's all in the blend, and in how ready the kids in question are to face the cut & thrust of the Prem - and a prem that's a vastly different place now than it was then. Beckham etc. were up against teams made mostly of good English pros, against whom they were fully able to compete, whereas our kids will be up against world-class talent. The Prem in those days was probably more similar to today's championship, and we could easily play our blend of kids and top pros in the Champ and win it at a canter. I'm not so sure we can do the same in the Prem.

As an example, I was watching the Chelsea game over here, and I felt it was a game too far for JWP; that if we had more strength in depth he would have been taken out of the team a couple of matches earlier to rest a bit, bask on his laurels, and savour the feeling of having achieved without the pressure of the next game coming. But we didn’t; we kept playing him, and it came unstuck in that game. David Pleat was commentating for the African TV and said, as the teams warmed up, that JWP was his dark-horse pick for the World Cup squad, that he was as talented as Barclay and the other youngsters on the scene, but much more consistent. Pleat then apologised for JWP's crossing - his corners were woeful - before he went off. It's not that youngsters haven't got the talent - it's just much more difficult to maintain consistency at that age. Plus young people naturally haven’t got the ability you develop with years to balance tremendous achievement with the knocks of occasional failure. I don’t know JWP, but it is easy to imagine that his self-belief could have taken more of a knock from that one game than it was boosted by all the good things that went before. Not many of our players emerged from that game covered in glory, but someone like Llalana is probably better able to place that game against the life-experience of occasional bad games, and not be too bothered by it.

On the other hand, if you stock up the squad with good, experienced pros, where is the space for the youngsters to come in? Steve Davis must hate being JWP's understudy, and Jack Cork must hate his current role even more. It's very hard to keep players of that quality in the squad - unless you can offer them bucket-loads of money like the City’s and Chelsea’s.

So, I’m not saying JWP isn’t a great player – he is, and looks certain to be an England international of the future – I’m just worried that our approach to him, and now maybe our other very talented youngsters, will be dictated by the current injury crisis, rather than as a carefully-crafted long-term development plan. And the only two options are to buy in experience, with all the route-blocking that entails, or play youngsters before they are ready/more than they are ready for, and hamper their development.

So, it's a balancing act, and in our case one that is unbalanced by an injury crisis. I would prefer to stick with the policy of bringing through the academy players, but in order to do so we will have to forgo some measure of instant success. We will not be top 6 this year relying on the kids, but if managed right it should help us get to that level in a couple of years. So, we as fans have to accept less success now for more success later, but while doing that we have to maintain our incredible level of support for the team and not lose sight of those long-term goals. As much as anything else, the success of the kids project is down to us and the backing we give to whoever puts on the shirt, and our acceptance of losing as part of a learning curve.

Or better still, let’s bring back the Football Combination – terrible idea to stop that!
Good Post. I think you are right about JWP his potential and his talent. But we do have to be careful, kids who lose their confidence from over exposure can go backwards quickly. Sadly we don't have the depth in the squad to deal with an injury crisis or an injury and suspension crisis. So, I think we are in for a tough time in the near future. But as long as we can hold onto our developing stars and not sell them too quickly everything bodes well for the medium term.

My deep down fear is that we will continue to sell our best youngsters
because we can't pay them "Big Club" wages. There is a risk we will turn into another Burnley (selling all their best young players, as they did in the sixties and seventies).

As for the Football Combination. I think that is a good idea in some respects, but having spoken to a few players who played in it , albeit a few years ago. The downside of that league, was, their was very little tackling, the coaches discouraged it to avoid injury, so the players had a big shock when they were promoted to the first team and found things difficult.

Enjoy your weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: HI from Rwanda - looks like my subtle plea for the forum to club together for a return flight home before the Villa game didn't work ... This is a long post, so feel free to ignore it or skip to the end - far too much time on my hands over here at weekends! This 'kids' thing is interesting; on the one hand, Hansen’s' famous "you don't win anything with kids" is right – although Utd won the league that year; they had more elder players than kids in the team, and those older players were amongst the very best in the country. It's all in the blend, and in how ready the kids in question are to face the cut & thrust of the Prem - and a prem that's a vastly different place now than it was then. Beckham etc. were up against teams made mostly of good English pros, against whom they were fully able to compete, whereas our kids will be up against world-class talent. The Prem in those days was probably more similar to today's championship, and we could easily play our blend of kids and top pros in the Champ and win it at a canter. I'm not so sure we can do the same in the Prem. As an example, I was watching the Chelsea game over here, and I felt it was a game too far for JWP; that if we had more strength in depth he would have been taken out of the team a couple of matches earlier to rest a bit, bask on his laurels, and savour the feeling of having achieved without the pressure of the next game coming. But we didn’t; we kept playing him, and it came unstuck in that game. David Pleat was commentating for the African TV and said, as the teams warmed up, that JWP was his dark-horse pick for the World Cup squad, that he was as talented as Barclay and the other youngsters on the scene, but much more consistent. Pleat then apologised for JWP's crossing - his corners were woeful - before he went off. It's not that youngsters haven't got the talent - it's just much more difficult to maintain consistency at that age. Plus young people naturally haven’t got the ability you develop with years to balance tremendous achievement with the knocks of occasional failure. I don’t know JWP, but it is easy to imagine that his self-belief could have taken more of a knock from that one game than it was boosted by all the good things that went before. Not many of our players emerged from that game covered in glory, but someone like Llalana is probably better able to place that game against the life-experience of occasional bad games, and not be too bothered by it. On the other hand, if you stock up the squad with good, experienced pros, where is the space for the youngsters to come in? Steve Davis must hate being JWP's understudy, and Jack Cork must hate his current role even more. It's very hard to keep players of that quality in the squad - unless you can offer them bucket-loads of money like the City’s and Chelsea’s. So, I’m not saying JWP isn’t a great player – he is, and looks certain to be an England international of the future – I’m just worried that our approach to him, and now maybe our other very talented youngsters, will be dictated by the current injury crisis, rather than as a carefully-crafted long-term development plan. And the only two options are to buy in experience, with all the route-blocking that entails, or play youngsters before they are ready/more than they are ready for, and hamper their development. So, it's a balancing act, and in our case one that is unbalanced by an injury crisis. I would prefer to stick with the policy of bringing through the academy players, but in order to do so we will have to forgo some measure of instant success. We will not be top 6 this year relying on the kids, but if managed right it should help us get to that level in a couple of years. So, we as fans have to accept less success now for more success later, but while doing that we have to maintain our incredible level of support for the team and not lose sight of those long-term goals. As much as anything else, the success of the kids project is down to us and the backing we give to whoever puts on the shirt, and our acceptance of losing as part of a learning curve. Or better still, let’s bring back the Football Combination – terrible idea to stop that![/p][/quote]Good Post. I think you are right about JWP his potential and his talent. But we do have to be careful, kids who lose their confidence from over exposure can go backwards quickly. Sadly we don't have the depth in the squad to deal with an injury crisis or an injury and suspension crisis. So, I think we are in for a tough time in the near future. But as long as we can hold onto our developing stars and not sell them too quickly everything bodes well for the medium term. My deep down fear is that we will continue to sell our best youngsters because we can't pay them "Big Club" wages. There is a risk we will turn into another Burnley (selling all their best young players, as they did in the sixties and seventies). As for the Football Combination. I think that is a good idea in some respects, but having spoken to a few players who played in it , albeit a few years ago. The downside of that league, was, their was very little tackling, the coaches discouraged it to avoid injury, so the players had a big shock when they were promoted to the first team and found things difficult. Enjoy your weekend. george chivers

9:38am Sat 7 Dec 13

miltonarcher says...

Spend in January our squad lacks depth, to move forward, to challenge the top 6 we need more quality.
Spend in January our squad lacks depth, to move forward, to challenge the top 6 we need more quality. miltonarcher

9:45am Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

We are obviously in for a couple of rocky weeks until we can get our best players back on line or the replacements up to speed, or even replacements in January, there is a need for patience and faith in Poch to get the best out of what is available, any results will be a bonus and should be applauded.
I think we are all aware of what might have been, had luck not deserted us and should not be so negative and critical, it's time to get behind the team, yes, you have a right to your thoughts about lack of back ups, and we are all of the same opinon and really do not need to be constantly reminded by the "I told you so" brigade.
We are obviously in for a couple of rocky weeks until we can get our best players back on line or the replacements up to speed, or even replacements in January, there is a need for patience and faith in Poch to get the best out of what is available, any results will be a bonus and should be applauded. I think we are all aware of what might have been, had luck not deserted us and should not be so negative and critical, it's time to get behind the team, yes, you have a right to your thoughts about lack of back ups, and we are all of the same opinon and really do not need to be constantly reminded by the "I told you so" brigade. OSPREYSAINT

9:51am Sat 7 Dec 13

Folkestone Saint says...

RodneyCHarrington wrote:
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And to think I posted a cheeky post the other day and I got a warning. Come on Echo get your priorities sorted
[quote][p][bold]RodneyCHarrington[/bold] wrote: my neighbor's mom makes 70 dollar hourly on the internet. She has been laid off for six months but last month her income was 21374 dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. Learn More Here... www.Day37.cℴm[/p][/quote]And to think I posted a cheeky post the other day and I got a warning. Come on Echo get your priorities sorted Folkestone Saint

9:59am Sat 7 Dec 13

mack chinnon says...

I think we should be ok from today.
The manager of the month award has been passed on.
I think we should be ok from today. The manager of the month award has been passed on. mack chinnon

10:39am Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
RodneyCHarrington wrote:
my neighbor's mom makes 70 dollar hourly on the internet. She has been laid off for six months but last month her income was 21374 dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. Learn More Here... www.Day37.cℴm
And to think I posted a cheeky post the other day and I got a warning. Come on Echo get your priorities sorted
DON'T QUOTE THEM! It only perpetuates them after the Echo removes them, just report, thumbs down or ignor.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RodneyCHarrington[/bold] wrote: my neighbor's mom makes 70 dollar hourly on the internet. She has been laid off for six months but last month her income was 21374 dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. Learn More Here... www.Day37.cℴm[/p][/quote]And to think I posted a cheeky post the other day and I got a warning. Come on Echo get your priorities sorted[/p][/quote]DON'T QUOTE THEM! It only perpetuates them after the Echo removes them, just report, thumbs down or ignor. OSPREYSAINT

10:42am Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

The one bonus in the present situation, is the fact that players that otherwise would normally be sat on their backsides are actually getting match time, and youngsters are getting encouragement that they may be fast tracked into a game. You cannot expect miracles but there is always a silver lining.
The one bonus in the present situation, is the fact that players that otherwise would normally be sat on their backsides are actually getting match time, and youngsters are getting encouragement that they may be fast tracked into a game. You cannot expect miracles but there is always a silver lining. OSPREYSAINT

11:39am Sat 7 Dec 13

Saintsayer II says...

Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order
The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status
Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status Saintsayer II

12:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order
The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status
So, you think we're on the road to relegation. Seems a bit overly pessimistic to me.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status[/p][/quote]So, you think we're on the road to relegation. Seems a bit overly pessimistic to me. Rising_Son

12:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Velleity says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order
The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status
Crikey. Three bad results (two of them away against the league number 1 and 2) and we've gone from third in the EPL to needing to spend "to retain our EPL status". Who'd have thought it?

Funny how the pessimists deserted us for a while when we were doing well. Good to have them back now we're deep inthe middle of a relegation battle.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Tony & George Good posts but if I can play devils advocate Who was the dutchman we had a a coach who was forced by the dark lords selling tactics to play yoingsters before they were ready That was in the Championship and it got us int L1 Three or four at atime is whats required with others gaining experience through the loan system Watching the under 21's against others at the same developement stage doesn't give you very much of an insight so the coach has to rely on what they do in training. SAF always said it was the three A's Attitude, Ability and Apllication In that order The club now offers youngsters an education, the best facilitys and a pathway to the top I'm sure that NC will see his target of having half the squad (i.e. 12/13 players) coming from the academy in maybe 3/4 years time Until then we may need to spend a few bob to retain our EPL status[/p][/quote]Crikey. Three bad results (two of them away against the league number 1 and 2) and we've gone from third in the EPL to needing to spend "to retain our EPL status". Who'd have thought it? Funny how the pessimists deserted us for a while when we were doing well. Good to have them back now we're deep inthe middle of a relegation battle. Velleity

1:03pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Southampton boy says...

My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row.
Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us?
My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row. Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us? Southampton boy

1:20pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Southampton boy wrote:
My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row.
Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us?
You should stop worrying so much, you will suffer from ulcers, this is only a game of football, I know Shankly said it's more important than life or deaf, but keep fretting and the latter will be the first thing to worry about. Try a little optimism, think how good it could have been if we hadn't been sabotaged by lady luck. People say we have no quality, where have you been lately? Some of it just not available at the moment, it will return.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row. Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us?[/p][/quote]You should stop worrying so much, you will suffer from ulcers, this is only a game of football, I know Shankly said it's more important than life or deaf, but keep fretting and the latter will be the first thing to worry about. Try a little optimism, think how good it could have been if we hadn't been sabotaged by lady luck. People say we have no quality, where have you been lately? Some of it just not available at the moment, it will return. OSPREYSAINT

1:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Hmmmm, a cunning plan by NC, stop the opposition from flying down :-)
Hmmmm, a cunning plan by NC, stop the opposition from flying down :-) Norwegian Saint

2:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

I think Cody Cropper And Harry Reed are worth a start.Ward-Prowse made his premiership debut last season away against Man City and has gone from strength to strength.
Whoever MP picks though we need to start picking up points again as soon as possible.
COYR
I think Cody Cropper And Harry Reed are worth a start.Ward-Prowse made his premiership debut last season away against Man City and has gone from strength to strength. Whoever MP picks though we need to start picking up points again as soon as possible. COYR CB FRY LIVES

6:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Hmmmm, a cunning plan by NC, stop the opposition from flying down :-)
Good thinking except that they flew in yesterday evening in an Embraer 145 of BMi. G-EMBI. on Flight No. BM8236.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, a cunning plan by NC, stop the opposition from flying down :-)[/p][/quote]Good thinking except that they flew in yesterday evening in an Embraer 145 of BMi. G-EMBI. on Flight No. BM8236. OSPREYSAINT

6:57pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

I would like to see more of "The Wotsit", only a cameo today but he showed he ain't afraid of the big guys.
I would like to see more of "The Wotsit", only a cameo today but he showed he ain't afraid of the big guys. OSPREYSAINT

9:44pm Sun 8 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Southampton boy wrote:
My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row.
Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us?
You should stop worrying so much, you will suffer from ulcers, this is only a game of football, I know Shankly said it's more important than life or deaf, but keep fretting and the latter will be the first thing to worry about. Try a little optimism, think how good it could have been if we hadn't been sabotaged by lady luck. People say we have no quality, where have you been lately? Some of it just not available at the moment, it will return.
Somehow I now feel justified in my optimism!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: My worry is that we have been found out with are high line style of play we lost on Wednesday due to no speed on back row. Looking forward to today's game I just hope they don't put 5 or 6 past us?[/p][/quote]You should stop worrying so much, you will suffer from ulcers, this is only a game of football, I know Shankly said it's more important than life or deaf, but keep fretting and the latter will be the first thing to worry about. Try a little optimism, think how good it could have been if we hadn't been sabotaged by lady luck. People say we have no quality, where have you been lately? Some of it just not available at the moment, it will return.[/p][/quote]Somehow I now feel justified in my optimism! OSPREYSAINT

9:58pm Sun 8 Dec 13

sledgerite says...

harrison reed will be a top top player
harrison reed will be a top top player sledgerite

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