New West Brom signing Georgios Samaras will not feature against Southampton

Georgios Samaras (Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire)

Georgios Samaras (Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire)

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West Brom have completed the signing of Georgios Samaras, but the Greek international forward will not be involved against Saints tomorrow.

The 29-year-old, who had been linked with a move to St Mary's at one point this summer, has joined the Baggies on a free after being released by Celtic.

West Brom confirmed today, however, that he will not be involved this weekend.

Central defender Joleon Lescott is also unlikely to make his debut, despite returning to training after a knee injury. 

Cristian Gamboa will not be considered to face Saints either, with Albion boss Alan Irvine eager to give the right-back more time to settle after his £2m move from Rosenborg. 

 

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12:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

SaintJD says...

Good. I said he is dog sh1te, could have been embarrassing.
Good. I said he is dog sh1te, could have been embarrassing. SaintJD
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Tubbystubb says...

I see that Danny Wellbeck has been told he can leave Manure if someone comes in with a bid of £15 mill.
Might not be a bad signing for Saints if they were interested.
I see that Danny Wellbeck has been told he can leave Manure if someone comes in with a bid of £15 mill. Might not be a bad signing for Saints if they were interested. Tubbystubb
  • Score: 9

1:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

It is nice to get a neutral view of our team. There are some very high praises of Saints by Bromies manager, Irvine - see their official site. He watched the Anfield game and felt we were very unfortunate to lose. He feels that we have "replaced very good players with very good players" and we'll have another strong season. So, when we win 3-1 tomorrow, let's applaud their team and manager (afterwards)!
It is nice to get a neutral view of our team. There are some very high praises of Saints by Bromies manager, Irvine - see their official site. He watched the Anfield game and felt we were very unfortunate to lose. He feels that we have "replaced very good players with very good players" and we'll have another strong season. So, when we win 3-1 tomorrow, let's applaud their team and manager (afterwards)! nomorerumours
  • Score: 8

2:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

prawn89 says...

Tubbystubb wrote:
I see that Danny Wellbeck has been told he can leave Manure if someone comes in with a bid of £15 mill.
Might not be a bad signing for Saints if they were interested.
Would love it if this were to happen! His wages are around 75k a week, I believe, so could be just about in reach!

Sign him up, Ron!
[quote][p][bold]Tubbystubb[/bold] wrote: I see that Danny Wellbeck has been told he can leave Manure if someone comes in with a bid of £15 mill. Might not be a bad signing for Saints if they were interested.[/p][/quote]Would love it if this were to happen! His wages are around 75k a week, I believe, so could be just about in reach! Sign him up, Ron! prawn89
  • Score: 4

2:45pm Fri 22 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics).

"Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true.
Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves.
It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success.
As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests:

If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game.
When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish.
Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend.
We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football.
He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker.
Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game."
Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics). "Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true. Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves. It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success. As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests: If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game. When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish. Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend. We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football. He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker. Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game." nomorerumours
  • Score: 9

3:18pm Fri 22 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

nomorerumours wrote:
Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics).

"Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true.
Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves.
It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success.
As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests:

If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game.
When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish.
Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend.
We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football.
He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker.
Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game."
Saints Midfield Players need to pick out Pelle and not shoot from too far out if he is to SCORE.
[quote][p][bold]nomorerumours[/bold] wrote: Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics). "Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true. Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves. It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success. As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests: If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game. When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish. Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend. We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football. He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker. Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game."[/p][/quote]Saints Midfield Players need to pick out Pelle and not shoot from too far out if he is to SCORE. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 7

4:07pm Fri 22 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

It is a proven Goalscorer that we need, if we can't afford the likes of Bony or Benteke etc then Samuel E'to is available on a free, I know he is getting older but would be good for one season.
Danny Wellbeck is not a prolific goalscorer, just look at his record, but there are others that I am sure are on Saints target list.
It is a proven Goalscorer that we need, if we can't afford the likes of Bony or Benteke etc then Samuel E'to is available on a free, I know he is getting older but would be good for one season. Danny Wellbeck is not a prolific goalscorer, just look at his record, but there are others that I am sure are on Saints target list. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -5

4:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

SaintJD says...

nomorerumours wrote:
Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics).

"Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true.
Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves.
It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success.
As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests:

If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game.
When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish.
Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend.
We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football.
He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker.
Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game."
He'll be fine. Might take more than a few weeks though. Henry took a good four weeks or so before his goal against us set him on his way. Bony last season was also a slow starter, but got better and better as the season went on.

Not sure about 20+, but he'll weigh in with a good return and his hold up play and knock downs will be invaluable.
[quote][p][bold]nomorerumours[/bold] wrote: Some Saints fans are getting impatient with Pelle who I think will be a 20+ goals per season for us. Here's an article copied from the Premier League Owl (without the pics). "Pelle: One To Watch This Weekend - A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games. Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true. Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him to perform more mundane tasks than he’s probably used to. His finishing never really came into question, because he spent the majority of the game with his back to goal, laying-off passes or competing aerially with Liverpool’s two centre-halves. It shouldn’t go unmentioned that he did a very good job and, alongside Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and James Ward-Prowse, he was a key factor in Southampton establishing some attacking momentum against a very strong opponent. Pelle’s debut, although fruitless in the goal department, should be considered a success. As the graphic below (from Squawka) shows, the vast majority of Pelle’s touches occurred in deep areas and, if you factor in the graphic beneath that, a lot of those were in fact aerial contests: If last week was Pelle’s introduction to an English audience, it was only a half-reveal: we’re still yet to see the strongest part of his game. When he’s in the box, Pelle is very good aerially – as you would expect – but what you also tend not notice with his goals is just how many of them come from situations in which he moves away from or in front of defender. Whether a ball is being delivered into the box at head height or on the floor, he’s very accomplished at creating space, evading a marker and producing a neat finish. Against Liverpool, Southampton were never likely to create many of those sorts of opportunities for him – it’s very tough to do that without controlling a game – but with West Brom visiting St Mary’s tomorrow you would expect that to be different and you would expect the majority of his touches to be ten yards further up the field than they were last weekend. We’re programmed to ignore goal-scoring records from inferior divisions, but this guy isn’t just a flat-track bully and he plays the forward position in quite a cerebral way. There’s no reason to believe that his off-the-ball instincts and intelligence won’t translate into English football. He’ll score plenty with his head, obviously, but watch for those near-post runs tomorrow and watch how many times this season he benefits from out-manoeuvring his marker. Time to see the ‘other’ side of his game."[/p][/quote]He'll be fine. Might take more than a few weeks though. Henry took a good four weeks or so before his goal against us set him on his way. Bony last season was also a slow starter, but got better and better as the season went on. Not sure about 20+, but he'll weigh in with a good return and his hold up play and knock downs will be invaluable. SaintJD
  • Score: 5
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