Ex-Barcelona midfielder Verdu linked to Southampton

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Saints have been linked with a move for one of Mauricio Pochettino’s former Espanyol stars.

Midfielder Joan Verdu, 29, was signed by the new Saints manager from Barcelona in the summer of 2009.

His current contract expires this summer.

Pochettino has also been linked with Anderlecht striker Lucas Biglia.

The Argentine, who has been on strike at his club after trying to engineer a move, has only scored three goals in 27 Belgian League and Champion League games this season.

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10:33am Tue 22 Jan 13

murfmeister says...

here we go!!
Some class signings in january please!!
Really enjoyed last night and first half performance was as good as I've seen!
Ramires looked like a different player

More of the same!
here we go!! Some class signings in january please!! Really enjoyed last night and first half performance was as good as I've seen! Ramires looked like a different player More of the same! murfmeister
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10:53am Tue 22 Jan 13

tomw1234 says...

Biglia is a defensive midfielder! That's why he only scored 3 goals you nuggets!
Biglia is a defensive midfielder! That's why he only scored 3 goals you nuggets! tomw1234
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10:55am Tue 22 Jan 13

soton3009 says...

Lucas Biglia is a defensive midfielder, not a striker. Come on Echo.
Lucas Biglia is a defensive midfielder, not a striker. Come on Echo. soton3009
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11:17am Tue 22 Jan 13

saint Compo says...

Joan Verdu? Well, it's a while since we had a female in the team, since Marian Pahars in fact!

COYR
Joan Verdu? Well, it's a while since we had a female in the team, since Marian Pahars in fact! COYR saint Compo
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11:49am Tue 22 Jan 13

Barcelona Saint says...

saint Compo wrote:
Joan Verdu? Well, it's a while since we had a female in the team, since Marian Pahars in fact!

COYR
You'd be surprised. Vivian Gibbins, Sandy Davie, Kasey Keller (Kasey variation on Casey which is also a girl), Jamie White etc.

'Joan' incidently is John in Catalan.
:)
[quote][p][bold]saint Compo[/bold] wrote: Joan Verdu? Well, it's a while since we had a female in the team, since Marian Pahars in fact! COYR[/p][/quote]You'd be surprised. Vivian Gibbins, Sandy Davie, Kasey Keller (Kasey variation on Casey which is also a girl), Jamie White etc. 'Joan' incidently is John in Catalan. :) Barcelona Saint
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11:50am Tue 22 Jan 13

InCortesewetrust says...

What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke?
What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke? InCortesewetrust
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11:55am Tue 22 Jan 13

InCortesewetrust says...

InCortesewetrust wrote:
What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke?
http://www.footballf
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[quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke?[/p][/quote]http://www.footballf ancast.com/premiersh ip/stoke-city/pulis- chases-southampton-s tar#blog_item_191399 InCortesewetrust
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12:19pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dubai-saints89 says...

InCortesewetrust wrote:
What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke?
old news and definitely not going to happen
[quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: What's this I hear about Lambert going to Stoke?[/p][/quote]old news and definitely not going to happen Dubai-saints89
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12:21pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Oh dear DE... can you please do 3 things...

1) Get your facts right before you start posting items.

2) STOP using copy and paste from other sites

3) START ACTING LIKE YOU SUPPORT THE SAINTS! (you may not like the chairman but some of the poor reporting on here sounds like your a Skate paper)

If I was in charge of the DE, half the people would be sacked and replaced with local Saints supporting kids!
Oh dear DE... can you please do 3 things... 1) Get your facts right before you start posting items. 2) STOP using copy and paste from other sites 3) START ACTING LIKE YOU SUPPORT THE SAINTS! (you may not like the chairman but some of the poor reporting on here sounds like your a Skate paper) If I was in charge of the DE, half the people would be sacked and replaced with local Saints supporting kids! Norwegian Saint
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12:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward. billythesaint
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12:55pm Tue 22 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

Im so glad things are finally starting to come together for Saints.
Im so glad things are finally starting to come together for Saints. bigfella777
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12:56pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Taoboy says...

Isn't the question, what's lambert going to do to stoke on the last day of the season.?
Isn't the question, what's lambert going to do to stoke on the last day of the season.? Taoboy
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12:58pm Tue 22 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

Sebastian Fernandez from Malaga is being touted as well, looks like we are finally going to get some quality, just hope we can offload all the nuggets that Adkins signed.
Sebastian Fernandez from Malaga is being touted as well, looks like we are finally going to get some quality, just hope we can offload all the nuggets that Adkins signed. bigfella777
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1:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Red n White says...

soton3009 wrote:
Lucas Biglia is a defensive midfielder, not a striker. Come on Echo.
Is says he's on strike though, does this make him a striker?
On the football pitch though, he is indeed a defensive midfielder.
[quote][p][bold]soton3009[/bold] wrote: Lucas Biglia is a defensive midfielder, not a striker. Come on Echo.[/p][/quote]Is says he's on strike though, does this make him a striker? On the football pitch though, he is indeed a defensive midfielder. Red n White
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1:39pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Benali76 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Sebastian Fernandez from Malaga is being touted as well, looks like we are finally going to get some quality, just hope we can offload all the nuggets that Adkins signed.
Which nuggets (meaning useless i assume) would they be. Stayinv positive and looking forad is fine but dont get confused with actually pretending Adkins was useless.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Sebastian Fernandez from Malaga is being touted as well, looks like we are finally going to get some quality, just hope we can offload all the nuggets that Adkins signed.[/p][/quote]Which nuggets (meaning useless i assume) would they be. Stayinv positive and looking forad is fine but dont get confused with actually pretending Adkins was useless. Benali76
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1:44pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Benali76 says...

There has to be some very exciting signings on the way in the next week or this whole change of manager at this time will be totally crazy. Cant wait to see who comes in, MP will know some cracking spanish based players and Cortese has to splash out or look stupid.
There has to be some very exciting signings on the way in the next week or this whole change of manager at this time will be totally crazy. Cant wait to see who comes in, MP will know some cracking spanish based players and Cortese has to splash out or look stupid. Benali76
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1:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Benali76 says...

tomw1234 wrote:
Biglia is a defensive midfielder! That's why he only scored 3 goals you nuggets!
Haha, lame reporting isnt it. I heard we were in for Joe Hart too but his scoring record sucks.
[quote][p][bold]tomw1234[/bold] wrote: Biglia is a defensive midfielder! That's why he only scored 3 goals you nuggets![/p][/quote]Haha, lame reporting isnt it. I heard we were in for Joe Hart too but his scoring record sucks. Benali76
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3:30pm Tue 22 Jan 13

fred the red says...

It is difficult to start slagging off the signings "NA" made as there is strong rumour that they were "NC" signings.

Apart from Nathaniel Clyne and Maya, few stand out as worth the money. Gaston was almost probably an NC signing. But Fox, Rodriques, Guly, Sharp, Davis etc that cost money have yet to show their worth.

I agree that we should be able to pick up some excellent players from the Iberian contacts that MC has, and the language barrier would not be an issue for the coaches, but might be for SRL et al!
It is difficult to start slagging off the signings "NA" made as there is strong rumour that they were "NC" signings. Apart from Nathaniel Clyne and Maya, few stand out as worth the money. Gaston was almost probably an NC signing. But Fox, Rodriques, Guly, Sharp, Davis etc that cost money have yet to show their worth. I agree that we should be able to pick up some excellent players from the Iberian contacts that MC has, and the language barrier would not be an issue for the coaches, but might be for SRL et al! fred the red
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4:32pm Tue 22 Jan 13

upwherewebelong says...

Didn't I read that Pochettino said he's not even had time to consider signings so I wonder where the Echo have dug this up from. I wish there was more focus on facts rather than idle gossip
Didn't I read that Pochettino said he's not even had time to consider signings so I wonder where the Echo have dug this up from. I wish there was more focus on facts rather than idle gossip upwherewebelong
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5:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Buddy SFC says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
Didn't I read that Pochettino said he's not even had time to consider signings so I wonder where the Echo have dug this up from. I wish there was more focus on facts rather than idle gossip
Facts ....... but what would we talk about !
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: Didn't I read that Pochettino said he's not even had time to consider signings so I wonder where the Echo have dug this up from. I wish there was more focus on facts rather than idle gossip[/p][/quote]Facts ....... but what would we talk about ! Buddy SFC
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5:18pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Buddy SFC says...

Remember MP has been in situ for at least 4-6 weeks - I would imagine he has been scouting his targets in that time knowing NC has a very short window to get the deals done ?????
Remember MP has been in situ for at least 4-6 weeks - I would imagine he has been scouting his targets in that time knowing NC has a very short window to get the deals done ????? Buddy SFC
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5:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

benkirk78 says...

billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Oh. My. God.
Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165.
His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team!
Thank God you're not in charge!!!
[quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]Oh. My. God. Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165. His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team! Thank God you're not in charge!!! benkirk78
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6:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

right back in the bar says...

billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Spider is a fantastic player, plays a vital role, and is getting better and better. I would go as far to say he is the lynchpin of our team - everything starts with him. I don't think we need players like Verdu; we already have two in Gaston and AL. We should get an out and out winger - someone to stay out wide, get behind defences, and get crosses in. We try and play too much through defences instead of getting behind. RL would thrive on someone like that.
[quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]Spider is a fantastic player, plays a vital role, and is getting better and better. I would go as far to say he is the lynchpin of our team - everything starts with him. I don't think we need players like Verdu; we already have two in Gaston and AL. We should get an out and out winger - someone to stay out wide, get behind defences, and get crosses in. We try and play too much through defences instead of getting behind. RL would thrive on someone like that. right back in the bar
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6:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

MGRA says...

Why would Saints sign a player that has been on strike ? only a total idiot would go near a player like that !?
Why would Saints sign a player that has been on strike ? only a total idiot would go near a player like that !? MGRA
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7:31pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Drunken Proletariat says...

Thought you were gonna say Ronnie Ekelund
Thought you were gonna say Ronnie Ekelund Drunken Proletariat
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8:14pm Tue 22 Jan 13

pokersaint76 says...

billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
You absolute muppet, Morgan has been one of our best players this season.
[quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]You absolute muppet, Morgan has been one of our best players this season. pokersaint76
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8:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

right back in the bar wrote:
billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Spider is a fantastic player, plays a vital role, and is getting better and better. I would go as far to say he is the lynchpin of our team - everything starts with him. I don't think we need players like Verdu; we already have two in Gaston and AL. We should get an out and out winger - someone to stay out wide, get behind defences, and get crosses in. We try and play too much through defences instead of getting behind. RL would thrive on someone like that.
yes but this fella would add a more attacking option when needed, that's all I mean! Schneiderlin has been class but only has one assist all season. When we're losing and need to be a bit more direct this player would be good for us.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]Spider is a fantastic player, plays a vital role, and is getting better and better. I would go as far to say he is the lynchpin of our team - everything starts with him. I don't think we need players like Verdu; we already have two in Gaston and AL. We should get an out and out winger - someone to stay out wide, get behind defences, and get crosses in. We try and play too much through defences instead of getting behind. RL would thrive on someone like that.[/p][/quote]yes but this fella would add a more attacking option when needed, that's all I mean! Schneiderlin has been class but only has one assist all season. When we're losing and need to be a bit more direct this player would be good for us. billythesaint
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8:43pm Tue 22 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

benkirk78 wrote:
billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Oh. My. God.
Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165.
His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team!
Thank God you're not in charge!!!
Read the post before throwing stats my way. Schneiderlin has been class but only has one assist all season. When we're losing and need to be a bit more direct this player would be good for us. That's all. Don't start an argument when all I'm saying is we need more options going forward when players get tired or if we're trailing. Schneiderlin and Cork are good ball players but some extra attacking options would be nice when Ramirez and Lambert run out of steam/get injured. Whenever they don't play and with Lallana injured we don't have a lot on the bench do we?
[quote][p][bold]benkirk78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]Oh. My. God. Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165. His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team! Thank God you're not in charge!!![/p][/quote]Read the post before throwing stats my way. Schneiderlin has been class but only has one assist all season. When we're losing and need to be a bit more direct this player would be good for us. That's all. Don't start an argument when all I'm saying is we need more options going forward when players get tired or if we're trailing. Schneiderlin and Cork are good ball players but some extra attacking options would be nice when Ramirez and Lambert run out of steam/get injured. Whenever they don't play and with Lallana injured we don't have a lot on the bench do we? billythesaint
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8:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

billythesaint wrote:
pokersaint76 wrote:
billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
You absolute muppet, Morgan has been one of our best players this season.
Gobbycunt, read the post. He's a good footballer but not terrifying going forward. This bloke would add a more attacking option and we've got Cork as defensive cover. How many assists has Schneiderlin had despite being a great passer? Sometimes we need to go at teams more if we're chasing the game and this bloke would be ideal. You're trying to start an argument without even thinking.
one more thing, Cork has no assists. So, despite having 2 great centre midfielders they have one assist between them. At 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go taking one of them off and sticking Verdu on wouldn't be the worst idea ever would it, Kermit.
[quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pokersaint76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]You absolute muppet, Morgan has been one of our best players this season.[/p][/quote]Gobbycunt, read the post. He's a good footballer but not terrifying going forward. This bloke would add a more attacking option and we've got Cork as defensive cover. How many assists has Schneiderlin had despite being a great passer? Sometimes we need to go at teams more if we're chasing the game and this bloke would be ideal. You're trying to start an argument without even thinking.[/p][/quote]one more thing, Cork has no assists. So, despite having 2 great centre midfielders they have one assist between them. At 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go taking one of them off and sticking Verdu on wouldn't be the worst idea ever would it, Kermit. billythesaint
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10:13pm Tue 22 Jan 13

One Heart....One Vision says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Oh dear DE... can you please do 3 things... 1) Get your facts right before you start posting items. 2) STOP using copy and paste from other sites 3) START ACTING LIKE YOU SUPPORT THE SAINTS! (you may not like the chairman but some of the poor reporting on here sounds like your a Skate paper) If I was in charge of the DE, half the people would be sacked and replaced with local Saints supporting kids!
The Daily Advertsier will never change their ways.......sadly, the media think bad news is good news

Expect the constant jeckel & hyde style reporting to continue..

Sometimes reports are full of praise....then the next minute it's doom and gloom with a bitter below the belt dig at NC....which I find immature.

Perhaps it's because they don't believe the fantastic exciting vision....which is a lost opportunity..
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Oh dear DE... can you please do 3 things... 1) Get your facts right before you start posting items. 2) STOP using copy and paste from other sites 3) START ACTING LIKE YOU SUPPORT THE SAINTS! (you may not like the chairman but some of the poor reporting on here sounds like your a Skate paper) If I was in charge of the DE, half the people would be sacked and replaced with local Saints supporting kids![/p][/quote]The Daily Advertsier will never change their ways.......sadly, the media think bad news is good news Expect the constant jeckel & hyde style reporting to continue.. Sometimes reports are full of praise....then the next minute it's doom and gloom with a bitter below the belt dig at NC....which I find immature. Perhaps it's because they don't believe the fantastic exciting vision....which is a lost opportunity.. One Heart....One Vision
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10:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

TEBOURBA says...

If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?
If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack? TEBOURBA
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10:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

upwherewebelong says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?
put simply if the reports i've read are accurate the best players were always sold to balance books so he had little chance of success.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?[/p][/quote]put simply if the reports i've read are accurate the best players were always sold to balance books so he had little chance of success. upwherewebelong
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10:31pm Tue 22 Jan 13

TEBOURBA says...

If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?
If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack? TEBOURBA
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10:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

TEBOURBA says...

upwherewebelong--- same problem as Nigel and his predecessors suffered when big clubs, Arsenal in particular, came in for Saints youngsters, Theo and Oxo, yet he managed back to back promotions and 15th in the toughest league in the World when he was sacked!
upwherewebelong--- same problem as Nigel and his predecessors suffered when big clubs, Arsenal in particular, came in for Saints youngsters, Theo and Oxo, yet he managed back to back promotions and 15th in the toughest league in the World when he was sacked! TEBOURBA
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11:15pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Chipmonk1 says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
upwherewebelong--- same problem as Nigel and his predecessors suffered when big clubs, Arsenal in particular, came in for Saints youngsters, Theo and Oxo, yet he managed back to back promotions and 15th in the toughest league in the World when he was sacked!
I could be wrong but I think only player we wanted to stay that left during NA's tenure was Oxo. Think Theo Bale etc left long before Cortese's arrival. All our good talent since (Shaw, Lallana) have been retained. So far. As for reports SRL leaving. Anything is possible in football, especially given NA's sacking, but why offload your top scorer and current captain at such an important stage of the season? Not Likely.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: upwherewebelong--- same problem as Nigel and his predecessors suffered when big clubs, Arsenal in particular, came in for Saints youngsters, Theo and Oxo, yet he managed back to back promotions and 15th in the toughest league in the World when he was sacked![/p][/quote]I could be wrong but I think only player we wanted to stay that left during NA's tenure was Oxo. Think Theo Bale etc left long before Cortese's arrival. All our good talent since (Shaw, Lallana) have been retained. So far. As for reports SRL leaving. Anything is possible in football, especially given NA's sacking, but why offload your top scorer and current captain at such an important stage of the season? Not Likely. Chipmonk1
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12:55am Wed 23 Jan 13

Rising_Son says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?
No money to buy them.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?[/p][/quote]No money to buy them. Rising_Son
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9:58am Wed 23 Jan 13

Redhat says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?
If you actually bothered to do your own research, you will find that Espanyol ran out of money and sold all their best players...

Hence why things went tits up for MP.
Just get behind the club now, the past is the past- i love NA and always will for what he did for our club, but it's time to get on with supporting the best team on the South Coast- FACT.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: If MP has such wonderful contacts to sign brilliant players, why did Espanyol finish rock bottom, resulting in MP getting the sack?[/p][/quote]If you actually bothered to do your own research, you will find that Espanyol ran out of money and sold all their best players... Hence why things went tits up for MP. Just get behind the club now, the past is the past- i love NA and always will for what he did for our club, but it's time to get on with supporting the best team on the South Coast- FACT. Redhat
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11:28am Wed 23 Jan 13

abcdefcuk says...

benkirk78 wrote:
billythesaint wrote:
Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it.
Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.
Oh. My. God.
Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165.
His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team!
Thank God you're not in charge!!!
Spider is a top footballer but agree we need some attacking threat off the bench when chasing the game/trailing by a goal. Think your post has been misunderstood but with no "tone of voice" in posts it's easily done. Now we've bought a decent centre back we can be a bit more dynamic in the middle of the pitch if needed and hook off Cork or Spider towards the end to add a more attacking threat if losing.
[quote][p][bold]benkirk78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Biglia's attitude sounds like a recipe for disaster! We were linked to him last year though so maybe there's a grain of truth in it. Verdu is a quality player and would fit in nicely alongside Gaston, I reckon. Offers a touch more dynamism than Schneiderlin who, although a good footballer, isn't exactly terrifying going forward.[/p][/quote]Oh. My. God. Schneiderlin has the best tackle and interception stats in Europes top 5 divisions at 165. His role of breaking up the opposing teams play is probably the most vital and he is proving to be one of the stars of our team! Thank God you're not in charge!!![/p][/quote]Spider is a top footballer but agree we need some attacking threat off the bench when chasing the game/trailing by a goal. Think your post has been misunderstood but with no "tone of voice" in posts it's easily done. Now we've bought a decent centre back we can be a bit more dynamic in the middle of the pitch if needed and hook off Cork or Spider towards the end to add a more attacking threat if losing. abcdefcuk
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