Clyne and Tadic are right on the money

Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne

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

Nathaniel Clyne believes he and Dusan Tadic have the perfect chemistry to make this the year of the right side at Saints.

Last season there was a lot of focus on Saints’ left side, with Luke Shaw creating headlines for his remarkable performances as a teenager and linking up with the superb Adam Lallana.

Clyne believes it is time for the right side to also shine now and, with he and Tadic looking so threatening together in tandem, is confident that will happen.

“He likes the ball to feet and I like giving the ball to feet,” smiled Clyne.

“He likes it when people run and I make runs for him. We have a good connection and hopefully we can continue that.

“He always wants the ball and I like players like that.

“He always wants the ball and even when there are players behind him. He says ‘give the ball no matter what.’ “He’s a good team leader as well and gets the players going around him as well, which is good.”

It’s been a well documented summer of change at Saints but as one of those players that remain in the squad from last season, Clyne is enjoying life with fresh faces around.

“It is a bit different, seeing a lot of new faces, but it’s just experience really and we need to get everyone to gel,” he said.

“We are working hard in training and on every player’s game and it’s coming together well.”

Things have also changed in terms of Clyne’s standing in the side.

Last year was a battle with Calum Chambers for the right back slot, but it’s a position he now has to himself.

“I know that if I play well then I get to play. I can make the right back position my own, I can get forward as much as I like to do and get crosses in.

“I enjoyed the contest between me and Calum last season and it made me a better player last season mentally and physically and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Clyne is adamant that he still has plenty to learn to become a complete player and believes that having a world class defender in the shape of Ronald Koeman in charge of the side is ideal for him.

“He’s got a lot of experience as a player playing at the highest level and he can bring that experience to us players,” reflected Clyne.

“You can see with his tactics and how he wants us to play.

“It suits me because he wants me to get forward and I love getting forward and hopefully I can chip in with a few more assists and goals.

“If I keep my fitness hopefully I will be in with a chance.”

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10:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

saintsfan76 says...

Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame.
Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame. saintsfan76
  • Score: 3

10:23am Sat 30 Aug 14

saints1998 says...

The board are running out of time to get the transfers in. I will be amazed if we get what we want with such few days left. Hopefully we get 3 points today and push up the table.
The board are running out of time to get the transfers in. I will be amazed if we get what we want with such few days left. Hopefully we get 3 points today and push up the table. saints1998
  • Score: 10

10:26am Sat 30 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

Nice to have a positive and rational article. Yes the Clyne-Tadic link play will be important. I like the way Tadic has a "right to roam" role - obviously RonKo has huge experience in getting the best out of him and it makes it almost impossible for opposition teams to mark him. In the L'pool game, Tadic also linked up superbly with Bertand on the left and then switched briefly to the right to interchange with Clyne to get that excellent goal. In the 2nd half against Millwall, Tadic gave some great service to Long and particularly to Pelle. These players will all improve with their understanding of each other. The rest of the team can grow around them. I am really excited about our prospects for this season. Tadic, if he stays fit, to be the EPL player of the season.
Nice to have a positive and rational article. Yes the Clyne-Tadic link play will be important. I like the way Tadic has a "right to roam" role - obviously RonKo has huge experience in getting the best out of him and it makes it almost impossible for opposition teams to mark him. In the L'pool game, Tadic also linked up superbly with Bertand on the left and then switched briefly to the right to interchange with Clyne to get that excellent goal. In the 2nd half against Millwall, Tadic gave some great service to Long and particularly to Pelle. These players will all improve with their understanding of each other. The rest of the team can grow around them. I am really excited about our prospects for this season. Tadic, if he stays fit, to be the EPL player of the season. nomorerumours
  • Score: 26

10:37am Sat 30 Aug 14

Jesus_02 says...

Looks like Clyne is trying to claim ownership of Tadic, I imagine that Bertrand has simlar thoughts! It will be interesting when Ramerez is fit to see if Koeman will play with both. If that's the case Clyne may have to make do with Gaston.
Looks like Clyne is trying to claim ownership of Tadic, I imagine that Bertrand has simlar thoughts! It will be interesting when Ramerez is fit to see if Koeman will play with both. If that's the case Clyne may have to make do with Gaston. Jesus_02
  • Score: 5

10:40am Sat 30 Aug 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

Best English right back.
Best English right back. SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 29

11:19am Sat 30 Aug 14

fascia123 says...

nomorerumours wrote:
Nice to have a positive and rational article. Yes the Clyne-Tadic link play will be important. I like the way Tadic has a "right to roam" role - obviously RonKo has huge experience in getting the best out of him and it makes it almost impossible for opposition teams to mark him. In the L'pool game, Tadic also linked up superbly with Bertand on the left and then switched briefly to the right to interchange with Clyne to get that excellent goal. In the 2nd half against Millwall, Tadic gave some great service to Long and particularly to Pelle. These players will all improve with their understanding of each other. The rest of the team can grow around them. I am really excited about our prospects for this season. Tadic, if he stays fit, to be the EPL player of the season.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]nomorerumours[/bold] wrote: Nice to have a positive and rational article. Yes the Clyne-Tadic link play will be important. I like the way Tadic has a "right to roam" role - obviously RonKo has huge experience in getting the best out of him and it makes it almost impossible for opposition teams to mark him. In the L'pool game, Tadic also linked up superbly with Bertand on the left and then switched briefly to the right to interchange with Clyne to get that excellent goal. In the 2nd half against Millwall, Tadic gave some great service to Long and particularly to Pelle. These players will all improve with their understanding of each other. The rest of the team can grow around them. I am really excited about our prospects for this season. Tadic, if he stays fit, to be the EPL player of the season.[/p][/quote]Well said fascia123
  • Score: 12

11:21am Sat 30 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

I am sure RonKo will use Tadic on both sides but may depend on whether we get a top quality Winger or not and if which side will he play ?
Cline will have to play with whoever.

Looks as though we have failed to get any more of our targets to agree to come. We still need 3 or 4 top quality players but it seems they are not attracted here, far cry from last January !

Try and get a better CB, Winger and Goalscorer than we already have Les by Monday night.
The inquest will intensify if you fail to do so and help give RonKo a better and bigger squad as it looks weak in many departments at the moment and certainly not as good as last seasons.
I am sure RonKo will use Tadic on both sides but may depend on whether we get a top quality Winger or not and if which side will he play ? Cline will have to play with whoever. Looks as though we have failed to get any more of our targets to agree to come. We still need 3 or 4 top quality players but it seems they are not attracted here, far cry from last January ! Try and get a better CB, Winger and Goalscorer than we already have Les by Monday night. The inquest will intensify if you fail to do so and help give RonKo a better and bigger squad as it looks weak in many departments at the moment and certainly not as good as last seasons. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -2

11:23am Sat 30 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

nice to hear a player being positive , but i do worry about the fact that every player we seem to be interested in signs for another club , is it that we are seen as a selling club with no ambition since mr reed has been taken on
nice to hear a player being positive , but i do worry about the fact that every player we seem to be interested in signs for another club , is it that we are seen as a selling club with no ambition since mr reed has been taken on mickey01
  • Score: 4

11:52am Sat 30 Aug 14

Egomaniac says...

saintsfan76 wrote:
Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame.
Sadly I suspect there will be no further signings this window. For some reason the targets do not seem to want to come to Southampton - full stop.

Nevertheless, although we could do with some quality cover, I still think we have enough quality to compete successfully at this level. So onwards and upwards Saints fans!!
[quote][p][bold]saintsfan76[/bold] wrote: Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame.[/p][/quote]Sadly I suspect there will be no further signings this window. For some reason the targets do not seem to want to come to Southampton - full stop. Nevertheless, although we could do with some quality cover, I still think we have enough quality to compete successfully at this level. So onwards and upwards Saints fans!! Egomaniac
  • Score: 3

12:22pm Sat 30 Aug 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

I think we will do ok until injuries start to hit us which the inevitably will do. I know he may not have many fans but I do actually rate danny Welbeck would be good for us as a winger/striker, probably wants to much money tho.

Need some good fortune today West Ham always seem to do us at their place :(
I think we will do ok until injuries start to hit us which the inevitably will do. I know he may not have many fans but I do actually rate danny Welbeck would be good for us as a winger/striker, probably wants to much money tho. Need some good fortune today West Ham always seem to do us at their place :( SouthLondonSaint
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Scored raw says...

Egomaniac wrote:
saintsfan76 wrote:
Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame.
Sadly I suspect there will be no further signings this window. For some reason the targets do not seem to want to come to Southampton - full stop.

Nevertheless, although we could do with some quality cover, I still think we have enough quality to compete successfully at this level. So onwards and upwards Saints fans!!
Most clubs don't hang about waiting to see whose going where, perhaps in the January sales les &co won't just hang back, B U T get going.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintsfan76[/bold] wrote: Looks like Daley Blind much talked about as a potential signing is off to Man U. Shame.[/p][/quote]Sadly I suspect there will be no further signings this window. For some reason the targets do not seem to want to come to Southampton - full stop. Nevertheless, although we could do with some quality cover, I still think we have enough quality to compete successfully at this level. So onwards and upwards Saints fans!![/p][/quote]Most clubs don't hang about waiting to see whose going where, perhaps in the January sales les &co won't just hang back, B U T get going. Scored raw
  • Score: -1

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