More market moves to come from Adkins

NIGEL ADKINS

NIGEL ADKINS

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

NIGEL Adkins has so far signed two new players for Saints’ Premier League return, with a third expected to arrive soon.

And it’s certainly safe to say he is only halfway through his transfer preparations.

The St Mary’s boss has so far brought in a striker, a central midfielder and a left back.

It could be argued that Saints didn’t need to sign anyone in those three positions.

That is not the case elsewhere.

Adkins is also looking to bring in a goalkeeper, a centre half and a winger.

The goalkeeper we know about as Saints’ interest in Birmingham youngster Jack Butland is no secret.

But what would be fascinating to know is whether Adkins, a former keeper himself lest we forget, is aiming just to bring Butland in as his new No 1 or just to learn from Kelvin Davis, who certainly deserves the chance to start 2012/13 as the first choice keeper.

A central defender has to be a priority as Adkins only has two experienced men to select from.

And neither Jose Fonte or Jos Hooiveld have ever played in the Premier League.

That is also the case for the only other centre half in Adkins’ squad with first team experience – Dan Seaborne.

Of course, there are huge question marks over Seaborne, who hasn’t played a competitive game since suffering a serious head injury away from the football field last August.

At the moment, though, he is the only back-up man to Fonte and Hooiveld with Radhi Jadhi retired and Aaron Martin loaned to Crystal Palace for the season.

Further up the pitch, Adkins is also on the look-out for someone to provide some serious pace out wide and a creative cutting edge.

Pace is more important in the top flight than ever before, and it is something the Saints squad is not that well blessed with, certainly not when it comes to those who should be regular members of the Premier League squad.

Apart from needing to bring some more new faces in, Adkins will soon have to decide who to move on.

There are several players who appear to have little future at the club.

Strikers Lee Barnard and Jonathan Forte are now well down the pecking order after record signing Jay Rodriguez’s arrival, while Jason Puncheon’s strange St Mary’s career must end soon – surely.

And what of Dean Hammond’s future following the signing of Northern Ireland international Steven Davis to bolster an area where the likes of Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin and Richard Chaplow are also battling away for places?

Left backs Ryan Dickson, pictured below, and Dan Harding must also be wondering where their futures lie due to Alexander Buttner’s impending arrival.

Some of those players mentioned must be moved on, certainly if Saints are serious – and they appear to be – about wanting to give their best youngsters a chance to make a good impression.

There is one thing between having a good 25-man squad for the coming season, but there is no point having players around the club who have no chance of getting a game.

Far better to try and cash in on some of them, though Saints must also be realistic with some of their demands – ie, is there much point putting a large price tag around the neck of someone like Puncheon?

A priority needs to be reducing the squad, in order to make space for the signings Adkins believes can play a big part in Saints making an impression in the first season back rubbing shoulders with the elite.

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10:25am Mon 9 Jul 12

Red n White says...

Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible.
Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible. Red n White
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10:33am Mon 9 Jul 12

mbetts says...

Zaha from Palace could be a good signing for the future, liking the signings so far, think we should look for a cheaper option in goal, £6m+ is a very large gamble, a few more here and there should make us a reasonably strong force in the prem next season.
Zaha from Palace could be a good signing for the future, liking the signings so far, think we should look for a cheaper option in goal, £6m+ is a very large gamble, a few more here and there should make us a reasonably strong force in the prem next season. mbetts
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10:33am Mon 9 Jul 12

Confucious says...

Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted. Confucious
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10:40am Mon 9 Jul 12

franiow says...

A good summation from the Echo. Things can change during the season though. One player may step up to the mark better than the more favoured player. Injuries also have an effect. Important to move on truly fringe players and leave Nigel with a strong squad to ring the changes with.
Players who have helped us to gain promotion but have no realistic chance of playing next season should be given every chance to make good moves with Saints not being too greedy.
A good summation from the Echo. Things can change during the season though. One player may step up to the mark better than the more favoured player. Injuries also have an effect. Important to move on truly fringe players and leave Nigel with a strong squad to ring the changes with. Players who have helped us to gain promotion but have no realistic chance of playing next season should be given every chance to make good moves with Saints not being too greedy. franiow
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10:43am Mon 9 Jul 12

St.Yorkie says...

Whatever happened to the moaners on here?
We haven't signed him (or her); he's not good enough; he's too expensive; he's too old; he's not experienced at this level?
Well look all you lot out there in the real world - we are building a squad fit for the Premiership.
We know we need certain players - a right back I think is needed in addition to a keeper and another centre back. On the question of pace - it's all very well having a winger with pace - but he will need a supporting player to score (unless he can score?). Where is that existing player with pace?
As for the squad of 25 possibly only 3-places left for new players...how exciting is that with the pre-season not even started?
Whatever happened to the moaners on here? We haven't signed him (or her); he's not good enough; he's too expensive; he's too old; he's not experienced at this level? Well look all you lot out there in the real world - we are building a squad fit for the Premiership. We know we need certain players - a right back I think is needed in addition to a keeper and another centre back. On the question of pace - it's all very well having a winger with pace - but he will need a supporting player to score (unless he can score?). Where is that existing player with pace? As for the squad of 25 possibly only 3-places left for new players...how exciting is that with the pre-season not even started? St.Yorkie
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10:45am Mon 9 Jul 12

miltonarcher says...

We need a quality right back.
We need a quality right back. miltonarcher
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10:47am Mon 9 Jul 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Red n White wrote:
Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible.
Or Buttner at LB and Fox as a winger as he has shown himself to be excellent going forward but a bit flakey on the back hoof.
[quote][p][bold]Red n White[/bold] wrote: Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible.[/p][/quote]Or Buttner at LB and Fox as a winger as he has shown himself to be excellent going forward but a bit flakey on the back hoof. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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10:49am Mon 9 Jul 12

miltonarcher says...

I remember the Bristol City right winger tearing us apart in the away game, only a youngster but could be worth a place in the squad.
I remember the Bristol City right winger tearing us apart in the away game, only a youngster but could be worth a place in the squad. miltonarcher
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10:49am Mon 9 Jul 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
We have ambitions of a European tour - so don't rule it out.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]We have ambitions of a European tour - so don't rule it out. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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10:52am Mon 9 Jul 12

Saints+Wigan fan says...

Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal.

Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars.

NA Red and White Army!
Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal. Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars. NA Red and White Army! Saints+Wigan fan
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10:55am Mon 9 Jul 12

St Retford says...

St.Yorkie wrote:
Whatever happened to the moaners on here?
We haven't signed him (or her); he's not good enough; he's too expensive; he's too old; he's not experienced at this level?
Well look all you lot out there in the real world - we are building a squad fit for the Premiership.
We know we need certain players - a right back I think is needed in addition to a keeper and another centre back. On the question of pace - it's all very well having a winger with pace - but he will need a supporting player to score (unless he can score?). Where is that existing player with pace?
As for the squad of 25 possibly only 3-places left for new players...how exciting is that with the pre-season not even started?
People will literally moan about anything. On another thread people are complaining about women raising money to fight cancer. It takes a special kind of determination to be upset about that.
[quote][p][bold]St.Yorkie[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the moaners on here? We haven't signed him (or her); he's not good enough; he's too expensive; he's too old; he's not experienced at this level? Well look all you lot out there in the real world - we are building a squad fit for the Premiership. We know we need certain players - a right back I think is needed in addition to a keeper and another centre back. On the question of pace - it's all very well having a winger with pace - but he will need a supporting player to score (unless he can score?). Where is that existing player with pace? As for the squad of 25 possibly only 3-places left for new players...how exciting is that with the pre-season not even started?[/p][/quote]People will literally moan about anything. On another thread people are complaining about women raising money to fight cancer. It takes a special kind of determination to be upset about that. St Retford
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10:57am Mon 9 Jul 12

george chivers says...

Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team? george chivers
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11:03am Mon 9 Jul 12

angiemill says...

No one, when talking of a speedy winger, has mentioned Steve de Ridder......surely an extended run on the right flank would be in order.
No one, when talking of a speedy winger, has mentioned Steve de Ridder......surely an extended run on the right flank would be in order. angiemill
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11:05am Mon 9 Jul 12

Southampton boy says...

I thourght that we had DeR and Tand Lee as the two players with pace?? I believe in NA and NC to do us right and giv u a team that will keep us in the prem may be only mid table this season but we need to build slowly and with good foundation I would hate to go through what we have just been through so come on gt behind the team and buy your season tickets
I thourght that we had DeR and Tand Lee as the two players with pace?? I believe in NA and NC to do us right and giv u a team that will keep us in the prem may be only mid table this season but we need to build slowly and with good foundation I would hate to go through what we have just been through so come on gt behind the team and buy your season tickets Southampton boy
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11:09am Mon 9 Jul 12

St Retford says...

george chivers wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
Excuse me?
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?[/p][/quote]Excuse me? St Retford
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11:09am Mon 9 Jul 12

HarrytheHorse33 says...

I heard we were looking to bring in 6 or 7 new players during the summer with some moving on to make way. Sounding quite realistic at the moment with the defence/keeper/winge
r still to be sorted. Just love being a Saints fan!!
I heard we were looking to bring in 6 or 7 new players during the summer with some moving on to make way. Sounding quite realistic at the moment with the defence/keeper/winge r still to be sorted. Just love being a Saints fan!! HarrytheHorse33
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11:19am Mon 9 Jul 12

Bigrich1980 says...

the news doing the rounds in the papers is we are in for Zaha of palace - quality signing IMO. I would love to see Clyne come in from Palace too.

Not sure what i want on the GK and CB options but i would rather buy someone that is better than what we have in both of them make kelvin and Jos understudy's once again just my oppinion
the news doing the rounds in the papers is we are in for Zaha of palace - quality signing IMO. I would love to see Clyne come in from Palace too. Not sure what i want on the GK and CB options but i would rather buy someone that is better than what we have in both of them make kelvin and Jos understudy's once again just my oppinion Bigrich1980
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11:20am Mon 9 Jul 12

BlandfordSaint says...

Squad of 25 from me:

Davis + (Gordon)
Richardson Butterfield (Simpson)
Fox Buttner Harding
Hoover Fonte Seabourne (Dann)
Spider Davis Cork Chaplow
De Ridder (De Breuyn) (Phillips)
Lallana Guly
Lambert JayRod Lee Sharp

With Ward-Prowse Shaw Stephens and Chambers as young back up

Let go Forecast Dickson Forte hammond Puncheon and Barnard as each piece of the jigsaw fits in

Your thoughts COYR
Squad of 25 from me: Davis + (Gordon) Richardson Butterfield (Simpson) Fox Buttner Harding Hoover Fonte Seabourne (Dann) Spider Davis Cork Chaplow De Ridder (De Breuyn) (Phillips) Lallana Guly Lambert JayRod Lee Sharp With Ward-Prowse Shaw Stephens and Chambers as young back up Let go Forecast Dickson Forte hammond Puncheon and Barnard as each piece of the jigsaw fits in Your thoughts COYR BlandfordSaint
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11:22am Mon 9 Jul 12

Ashley Charles Pragnell says...

Over the weekend I read that Southampton had offered 5 million for Kyle Naughton from Spurs, he is a right back who spent the whole of last season at Norwich City. I understand Paul Lambert rates him and was considering taking him to Villa. The right back position is a area in need of strengthening.
I believe there could be some truth in this story. I see that we are looking at Zaha, there could some truth in this as well. Palace have already taken Martin on loan. I wonder whether we might offer one of our players who is suplus to requirements, to make it an actractive deal for Palace. Cash plus players. Buttner should be in this week. I suspect we will not go for Butland, but will either go for Macgregor from Rangers to link up with his mate Steven Davis, or Craig Gordon. A while back we wetre interested in a Dutch keeper. Watch this space. I agree we still need a centre back , it will not be Curtis Davies he is going to Norwich in exchange for Vaughan ( according to Sky). I think we might go for the under 21 year old centre back from Watford.It beginning to hot up at St Mary,s. I think Nigel will and Nicola will want more deals done this week before leaving for Switzerland.
Over the weekend I read that Southampton had offered 5 million for Kyle Naughton from Spurs, he is a right back who spent the whole of last season at Norwich City. I understand Paul Lambert rates him and was considering taking him to Villa. The right back position is a area in need of strengthening. I believe there could be some truth in this story. I see that we are looking at Zaha, there could some truth in this as well. Palace have already taken Martin on loan. I wonder whether we might offer one of our players who is suplus to requirements, to make it an actractive deal for Palace. Cash plus players. Buttner should be in this week. I suspect we will not go for Butland, but will either go for Macgregor from Rangers to link up with his mate Steven Davis, or Craig Gordon. A while back we wetre interested in a Dutch keeper. Watch this space. I agree we still need a centre back , it will not be Curtis Davies he is going to Norwich in exchange for Vaughan ( according to Sky). I think we might go for the under 21 year old centre back from Watford.It beginning to hot up at St Mary,s. I think Nigel will and Nicola will want more deals done this week before leaving for Switzerland. Ashley Charles Pragnell
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11:27am Mon 9 Jul 12

GX Saint says...

And Peter Rodrigues?
And Peter Rodrigues? GX Saint
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11:35am Mon 9 Jul 12

Hobson82 says...

It's difficult to predict who NA/NC are looking to bring in.
I am feeling more optimistic the more signings we make and surely there will be another 3 at least.
What I am wondering though is who will be leading us out at the Etihad Arena come kick off?? I think it's fair to say it won't be Hammond, I'm thinking Fonte or maybe the new guy Steve Davis.
It's difficult to predict who NA/NC are looking to bring in. I am feeling more optimistic the more signings we make and surely there will be another 3 at least. What I am wondering though is who will be leading us out at the Etihad Arena come kick off?? I think it's fair to say it won't be Hammond, I'm thinking Fonte or maybe the new guy Steve Davis. Hobson82
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11:38am Mon 9 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

BlandfordSaint wrote:
Squad of 25 from me:

Davis + (Gordon)
Richardson Butterfield (Simpson)
Fox Buttner Harding
Hoover Fonte Seabourne (Dann)
Spider Davis Cork Chaplow
De Ridder (De Breuyn) (Phillips)
Lallana Guly
Lambert JayRod Lee Sharp

With Ward-Prowse Shaw Stephens and Chambers as young back up

Let go Forecast Dickson Forte hammond Puncheon and Barnard as each piece of the jigsaw fits in

Your thoughts COYR
Yes, about right, although I would add four things.

1. Re: the possible signings you name in brackets, I think NC/NA may surprise us with some of those being, at least, enquired about.
2. Re: Hammond, maybe he deserves a chance to see if he can make the grade, also he would be useful off the bench and helping youngsters coming through. His Saints career may not be over just yet.
3. Re: New signings, for me, the main requirement is a centre-back (but, yes, a keeper and right-back, too). However, lest we forget, Cork can play there if absolutely necessary.
4. Re: the ones who do leave, I would just add 'with much thanks and gratitude'. All those you mention have played their part in the magic of these past 3 seasons.

Finally, I'm with BigRich, I would love to see the two Palace players come in.
[quote][p][bold]BlandfordSaint[/bold] wrote: Squad of 25 from me: Davis + (Gordon) Richardson Butterfield (Simpson) Fox Buttner Harding Hoover Fonte Seabourne (Dann) Spider Davis Cork Chaplow De Ridder (De Breuyn) (Phillips) Lallana Guly Lambert JayRod Lee Sharp With Ward-Prowse Shaw Stephens and Chambers as young back up Let go Forecast Dickson Forte hammond Puncheon and Barnard as each piece of the jigsaw fits in Your thoughts COYR[/p][/quote]Yes, about right, although I would add four things. 1. Re: the possible signings you name in brackets, I think NC/NA may surprise us with some of those being, at least, enquired about. 2. Re: Hammond, maybe he deserves a chance to see if he can make the grade, also he would be useful off the bench and helping youngsters coming through. His Saints career may not be over just yet. 3. Re: New signings, for me, the main requirement is a centre-back (but, yes, a keeper and right-back, too). However, lest we forget, Cork can play there if absolutely necessary. 4. Re: the ones who do leave, I would just add 'with much thanks and gratitude'. All those you mention have played their part in the magic of these past 3 seasons. Finally, I'm with BigRich, I would love to see the two Palace players come in. Strasbourg Saint
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11:46am Mon 9 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Hobson82 wrote:
It's difficult to predict who NA/NC are looking to bring in.
I am feeling more optimistic the more signings we make and surely there will be another 3 at least.
What I am wondering though is who will be leading us out at the Etihad Arena come kick off?? I think it's fair to say it won't be Hammond, I'm thinking Fonte or maybe the new guy Steve Davis.
Yes, re the captain, I meant to add that to my last post.

Tough call, I remember in Biel last year wondering who would captain the team. In the end, it was Hammond in the first half and Fonte when the 11 were swapped in the second half.

Trouble is, having struggled a little last year, like Hammond, can we expect Fonte to cut it in the Prem?

That dilemma may well result in Davis getting the nod.

Of course, next week, when NC signs Andres Iniesta ......
[quote][p][bold]Hobson82[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to predict who NA/NC are looking to bring in. I am feeling more optimistic the more signings we make and surely there will be another 3 at least. What I am wondering though is who will be leading us out at the Etihad Arena come kick off?? I think it's fair to say it won't be Hammond, I'm thinking Fonte or maybe the new guy Steve Davis.[/p][/quote]Yes, re the captain, I meant to add that to my last post. Tough call, I remember in Biel last year wondering who would captain the team. In the end, it was Hammond in the first half and Fonte when the 11 were swapped in the second half. Trouble is, having struggled a little last year, like Hammond, can we expect Fonte to cut it in the Prem? That dilemma may well result in Davis getting the nod. Of course, next week, when NC signs Andres Iniesta ...... Strasbourg Saint
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11:58am Mon 9 Jul 12

Beer Monster says...

Franco Benali?
Franco Benali? Beer Monster
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12:15pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Confucious says...

george chivers wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
Top bloke but I have it on good authority that it's a dead caterpillar under his nose.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?[/p][/quote]Top bloke but I have it on good authority that it's a dead caterpillar under his nose. Confucious
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12:16pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mush On The Beach says...

I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent
I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent Mush On The Beach
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12:20pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Red n White says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Red n White wrote: Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible.
Or Buttner at LB and Fox as a winger as he has shown himself to be excellent going forward but a bit flakey on the back hoof.
Good shout, Fox would be able to make those good crosses into the box, and Buttner could cause havoc on the overlap with his pace
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Red n White[/bold] wrote: Unless we sell one of Fox or Harding, I think Buttner will be used as a left winger, either as cover for Lallana or to start and put Lallana in the middle. Otherwise Shaw will be fourth choice at left-back, which I don't think Adkins will want as he'll want to bring him in at some point next season if possible.[/p][/quote]Or Buttner at LB and Fox as a winger as he has shown himself to be excellent going forward but a bit flakey on the back hoof.[/p][/quote]Good shout, Fox would be able to make those good crosses into the box, and Buttner could cause havoc on the overlap with his pace Red n White
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12:29pm Mon 9 Jul 12

7willj77 says...

We'd have to be VERY luck to get ZAHA, havn't Liverpool been watching him for the last season or 2?
We'd have to be VERY luck to get ZAHA, havn't Liverpool been watching him for the last season or 2? 7willj77
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12:44pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Paul Lucas says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent
Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-)
He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have!
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent[/p][/quote]Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-) He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have! Paul Lucas
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1:08pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Saints+Wigan fan says...

I watched that last night on sky sports Footballs greatest prize all to do with the road to the premiership ...

Lambert scored soo many goals, also watching the reply of Leeds away. Super, Super kelv!
I watched that last night on sky sports Footballs greatest prize all to do with the road to the premiership ... Lambert scored soo many goals, also watching the reply of Leeds away. Super, Super kelv! Saints+Wigan fan
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1:10pm Mon 9 Jul 12

saintkenny says...

Saints+Wigan fan wrote:
Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal.

Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars.

NA Red and White Army!
who is atkins ????? .think your at the wrong club ,and he played for wigan .adkins you plum
[quote][p][bold]Saints+Wigan fan[/bold] wrote: Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal. Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars. NA Red and White Army![/p][/quote]who is atkins ????? .think your at the wrong club ,and he played for wigan .adkins you plum saintkenny
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1:14pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Gossie. says...

I wouldn't be surprised if N.A doesn't go back up North and get the ex Rangers Keeper, Scotland's number one and a free agent
I wouldn't be surprised if N.A doesn't go back up North and get the ex Rangers Keeper, Scotland's number one and a free agent Gossie.
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1:15pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mush On The Beach says...

Paul Lucas wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent
Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-)
He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have!
He won Football League Young Player of the Year though, so I reckon he must have had more good games than duds – POTENTIAL
[quote][p][bold]Paul Lucas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent[/p][/quote]Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-) He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have![/p][/quote]He won Football League Young Player of the Year though, so I reckon he must have had more good games than duds – POTENTIAL Mush On The Beach
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1:18pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Saints+Wigan fan says...

My Bad, i can be a bit special some times :)
My Bad, i can be a bit special some times :) Saints+Wigan fan
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1:46pm Mon 9 Jul 12

montecristosaint says...

Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
Oh dear. No italians then.. I did have my heart set on Pirlo does he have a small mustache??
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. No italians then.. I did have my heart set on Pirlo does he have a small mustache?? montecristosaint
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2:19pm Mon 9 Jul 12

george chivers says...

St Retford wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
Excuse me?
I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?[/p][/quote]Excuse me?[/p][/quote]I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem. george chivers
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2:21pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Saintsayer II says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
Paul Lucas wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent
Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-)
He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have!
He won Football League Young Player of the Year though, so I reckon he must have had more good games than duds – POTENTIAL
Swansea are after Adomah of Bristol City He gave us the run around twice last year and could be a bit more mature than Zaha
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Lucas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: I like the sound of Zaha. I remember seeing the Palace vs Hammers gain on the box last season, he gave them all sorts of headaches. Definitely looks an exciting talent[/p][/quote]Yeah, but he was pretty ineffective when we played Palarse at SMS last season:-) He has talent but I'm not sure we can take a gamble with his temperament - reminds me of an out of favour player we already have![/p][/quote]He won Football League Young Player of the Year though, so I reckon he must have had more good games than duds – POTENTIAL[/p][/quote]Swansea are after Adomah of Bristol City He gave us the run around twice last year and could be a bit more mature than Zaha Saintsayer II
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2:31pm Mon 9 Jul 12

St Retford says...

george chivers wrote:
St Retford wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
Excuse me?
I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem.
Ah, I see.

(I don't see.)
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?[/p][/quote]Excuse me?[/p][/quote]I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see. (I don't see.) St Retford
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2:46pm Mon 9 Jul 12

mbetts says...

Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all!

However his finishing is appalling!
Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all! However his finishing is appalling! mbetts
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3:20pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Over the Edge says...

mbetts wrote:
Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all!

However his finishing is appalling!
However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess.

I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee.

I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal.
[quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all! However his finishing is appalling![/p][/quote]However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess. I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee. I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal. Over the Edge
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3:44pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mush On The Beach says...

Over the Edge wrote:
mbetts wrote:
Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all!

However his finishing is appalling!
However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess.

I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee.

I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal.
2011/12 stats:
Zaha – 40 appearances, 6 goals for Palace.
Phillips – 32 appearances, 7 goals for Blackpool. 6 appearances, 5 goals on loan to Sheff Utd.
Ince – 36 appearances, 7 goals for Blackpool.
Over to you Nigel and Nicola.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all! However his finishing is appalling![/p][/quote]However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess. I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee. I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal.[/p][/quote]2011/12 stats: Zaha – 40 appearances, 6 goals for Palace. Phillips – 32 appearances, 7 goals for Blackpool. 6 appearances, 5 goals on loan to Sheff Utd. Ince – 36 appearances, 7 goals for Blackpool. Over to you Nigel and Nicola. Mush On The Beach
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4:10pm Mon 9 Jul 12

george chivers says...

St Retford wrote:
george chivers wrote:
St Retford wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board.

I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.
What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name.

Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?
Excuse me?
I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem.
Ah, I see.

(I don't see.)
Im glad that's been sorted out!!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Excellent analysis which Nigel will no doubt take on board. I would only add that we should not under any circumstances sign any players who have a small black moustache. Strong empirical evidence shows such people can rarely be trusted.[/p][/quote]What about Don Goodman? A man with a small black moustache and potentially a contradictory name. Was he a Goodman and a good man as well, or a bad man? Or simply a black man with a small black moustache who played for a black country team?[/p][/quote]Excuse me?[/p][/quote]I was asking Confucious if Don Goodman, a former pro with Wolves, who had a small black moustache, could be trusted. Apparently he is a good man with a caterpillar problem. Not a bad man with an empirical aspiration problem.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see. (I don't see.)[/p][/quote]Im glad that's been sorted out!! george chivers
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5:51pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mowyjoe says...

Over the Edge wrote:
mbetts wrote:
Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all!

However his finishing is appalling!
However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess.

I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee.

I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal.
Agreed, i think there are more fans of Steve than Guly which baffles me
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Zaha looks good on his best youtube bits, ghosts past players, full of energy and trickery against Championship opposition, not too shoddy at all! However his finishing is appalling![/p][/quote]However his finishing is appalling, sort of sums up why we shouldn't be looking in that direction IMO, we have one of those already in Steve De Ridder, apart from his finish against Reading there isn't much to say on his finishing prowess. I'm ready for a slaughtering from fans of Steveeeeeee. I would like to see a double swoop for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, we could chuck in Puncheon and Barnard as part of the deal.[/p][/quote]Agreed, i think there are more fans of Steve than Guly which baffles me Mowyjoe
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5:59pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

saintkenny wrote:
Saints+Wigan fan wrote:
Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal.

Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars.

NA Red and White Army!
who is atkins ????? .think your at the wrong club ,and he played for wigan .adkins you plum
Thankyou so much! You think by now people would know how to spell his name! Plus, even if it's a joke it's **** awful.

Please no Zaha! The Palace fan I'm friends with gets really annoyed with him and so do many of his friends. He's a petulant little child and 100% the way he acts will not fit in with NC. Don't get me wrong, he has some skill but his personality over rides that too much for my liking
[quote][p][bold]saintkenny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints+Wigan fan[/bold] wrote: Well done Atkins. Again you do your job extremely well.This man deserves a medal. Looking forward to the bright future ahead. I'm sure your going to make many Southampton Superstars. NA Red and White Army![/p][/quote]who is atkins ????? .think your at the wrong club ,and he played for wigan .adkins you plum[/p][/quote]Thankyou so much! You think by now people would know how to spell his name! Plus, even if it's a joke it's **** awful. Please no Zaha! The Palace fan I'm friends with gets really annoyed with him and so do many of his friends. He's a petulant little child and 100% the way he acts will not fit in with NC. Don't get me wrong, he has some skill but his personality over rides that too much for my liking ShakeyWiffles
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6:57pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away!
Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away! Fatty x Ford Worker
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7:04pm Mon 9 Jul 12

The only saint in COV says...

Has anyone thought that young kasper schemichael would be a good addition as No 2 to kelvin ? .I'm sure Leicester would let him go for the right price.
Has anyone thought that young kasper schemichael would be a good addition as No 2 to kelvin ? .I'm sure Leicester would let him go for the right price. The only saint in COV
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8:48pm Mon 9 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away!
You start the ball rolling.
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away![/p][/quote]You start the ball rolling. OSPREYSAINT
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9:47pm Mon 9 Jul 12

seventh-junction says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away!
You start the ball rolling.
If Puncheon doesn't go before the start of the season I'll go to poopey and offer them one of my old jumpers for them to use as a goalpost and I'll give it away for nothing......I might actually post it rather than go down there though...
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Ah dont forget to sweep the dead wood out.Would you please suggest who you want away![/p][/quote]You start the ball rolling.[/p][/quote]If Puncheon doesn't go before the start of the season I'll go to poopey and offer them one of my old jumpers for them to use as a goalpost and I'll give it away for nothing......I might actually post it rather than go down there though... seventh-junction
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10:10pm Mon 9 Jul 12

BigD69 says...

miltonarcher wrote:
I remember the Bristol City right winger tearing us apart in the away game, only a youngster but could be worth a place in the squad.
tearing Fox apart I believe...hence Buttner coming in at left back..
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: I remember the Bristol City right winger tearing us apart in the away game, only a youngster but could be worth a place in the squad.[/p][/quote]tearing Fox apart I believe...hence Buttner coming in at left back.. BigD69
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10:12pm Mon 9 Jul 12

oregonsaint says...

A lot of blah-de-blah from the Echo as usual. Nigel and his chairman know what needs to be done, so let's put faith in them..after all, they are professionals in their respective fields. Don't like the new strip by the way. BRING BACK THE BELOVED STRIPES.
COYS (Come on you Saints).
A lot of blah-de-blah from the Echo as usual. Nigel and his chairman know what needs to be done, so let's put faith in them..after all, they are professionals in their respective fields. Don't like the new strip by the way. BRING BACK THE BELOVED STRIPES. COYS (Come on you Saints). oregonsaint
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10:36pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Optimist says...

I get the feeling that we will be bringing in players sooner rather than later. Then soon after it will become apparent who is to leave, they just won't get to play with the first team. Still IMHO we will see a couple of stunning signings yet.
I get the feeling that we will be bringing in players sooner rather than later. Then soon after it will become apparent who is to leave, they just won't get to play with the first team. Still IMHO we will see a couple of stunning signings yet. Optimist
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11:30pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Optimist wrote:
I get the feeling that we will be bringing in players sooner rather than later. Then soon after it will become apparent who is to leave, they just won't get to play with the first team. Still IMHO we will see a couple of stunning signings yet.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Halle Berry would be a couple of stunning signings!
[quote][p][bold]Optimist[/bold] wrote: I get the feeling that we will be bringing in players sooner rather than later. Then soon after it will become apparent who is to leave, they just won't get to play with the first team. Still IMHO we will see a couple of stunning signings yet.[/p][/quote]Catherine Zeta-Jones and Halle Berry would be a couple of stunning signings! Strasbourg Saint
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12:19am Tue 10 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

If we want to finish mid table of obove we need to get 1 or 2 fast wingers maybe Theo Walcott we need to give a good service to the strikers
If we want to finish mid table of obove we need to get 1 or 2 fast wingers maybe Theo Walcott we need to give a good service to the strikers saintdave1976
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11:17am Tue 10 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

We need anougher Chanberlin!! Can we get him back now we r in the prem?? lol!! There must be some one like him about?? anybody got any ideas?? Maybe that Tom ince?? Or maybe go aboard?? Cheaper!! Come on saints go aboard and look for some prem quality!! It must be out there for the right price?? Anyway we have Steve and gully and do think they will be ok!! but we can't take any chances!! We need a good start like I said open up defences!! good supply the the strikers!! I think we have Unity it shows money can't buy that!! I think we can get a draw against man city or even nick a goal!! Thay will a have a euro hang over!! I think we r playing than at the right time!! We need to make our stamp on the prem play for the 0-0 and nick a goal!!
We need anougher Chanberlin!! Can we get him back now we r in the prem?? lol!! There must be some one like him about?? anybody got any ideas?? Maybe that Tom ince?? Or maybe go aboard?? Cheaper!! Come on saints go aboard and look for some prem quality!! It must be out there for the right price?? Anyway we have Steve and gully and do think they will be ok!! but we can't take any chances!! We need a good start like I said open up defences!! good supply the the strikers!! I think we have Unity it shows money can't buy that!! I think we can get a draw against man city or even nick a goal!! Thay will a have a euro hang over!! I think we r playing than at the right time!! We need to make our stamp on the prem play for the 0-0 and nick a goal!! saintdave1976
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11:25am Tue 10 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

Ps pleased with the signings so far very shrewd!! In Nigel and nicola we trust!!
Ps pleased with the signings so far very shrewd!! In Nigel and nicola we trust!! saintdave1976
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7:07am Wed 11 Jul 12

swiss_saint says...

He hasn't actually signed any one yet. The Alex Buttner deal could fall through and Steve doesn't even have clearance to play. I was expecting 4 or 5 new faces, so far 0.
He hasn't actually signed any one yet. The Alex Buttner deal could fall through and Steve doesn't even have clearance to play. I was expecting 4 or 5 new faces, so far 0. swiss_saint
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