Lee leaves Saints on loan

Tadanari Lee

Tadanari Lee

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Saints striker Tadanari Lee has returned to Japan on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lee has yet to make single Premier League appearance for the club and the return from the African Cup of Nations of Emmanuel Mayuka means chances will be strictly limited with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez also competing for the striking berth.

As a result Mauricio Pochettino has allowed him to join former club FC Tokyo until June.

The 27-year-old joined Saints in 2012 and has made 12 appearances since.

Nine of those came last season, with only three cup appearances in this campaign.

Lee scored two goals in that time, one against Derby last season and one against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup.

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10:12am Thu 14 Feb 13

MGRA says...

he won't be coming back then.... adios amigo....
he won't be coming back then.... adios amigo.... MGRA
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10:14am Thu 14 Feb 13

Dickosfc says...

Strange one this! I rate Lee and think he could do a good job in the Prem. I guess it’s all down to the pecking order.
Strange one this! I rate Lee and think he could do a good job in the Prem. I guess it’s all down to the pecking order. Dickosfc
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10:16am Thu 14 Feb 13

Clever Dick says...

Seems to have been a Tad unlucky!
Seems to have been a Tad unlucky! Clever Dick
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10:28am Thu 14 Feb 13

InCortesewetrust says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Seems to have been a Tad unlucky!
It's like-Lee your right clever dick.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: Seems to have been a Tad unlucky![/p][/quote]It's like-Lee your right clever dick. InCortesewetrust
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10:32am Thu 14 Feb 13

SaintAsh1964 says...

And he comes back 1st week in July when the squad will return for pre season training, fully fit, fired up and ready to go.
And he comes back 1st week in July when the squad will return for pre season training, fully fit, fired up and ready to go. SaintAsh1964
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10:39am Thu 14 Feb 13

tomw1234 says...

One good goal doesn't mean he's a fantastic player. If he was that great I'm sure Pochettino would have at least put him on towards the end of the game.
One good goal doesn't mean he's a fantastic player. If he was that great I'm sure Pochettino would have at least put him on towards the end of the game. tomw1234
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10:41am Thu 14 Feb 13

St.Yorkie says...

He didn't impress me at Leeds in that Cup game. I guess it's like all players they need a run of games.
Anyway we have Joshida now to attract all the Japanese fans!
When are going to sign that new player from China?
Trik-hi Wing-ho?
He didn't impress me at Leeds in that Cup game. I guess it's like all players they need a run of games. Anyway we have Joshida now to attract all the Japanese fans! When are going to sign that new player from China? Trik-hi Wing-ho? St.Yorkie
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11:01am Thu 14 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

I wish him well.

Now they really will have to change the front window at The Saints shop in West Quay. Tadanari has been centre stage there since the new shirts were announced. It's a fickle world.
I wish him well. Now they really will have to change the front window at The Saints shop in West Quay. Tadanari has been centre stage there since the new shirts were announced. It's a fickle world. Alicesdad
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11:09am Thu 14 Feb 13

milton road says...

Unfortunately he got injured at the wrong time and has struggled after that.
Several players out now in the shop window and don't see them coming back to be honest. The decks are being cleared for our young talent and some good young signings in the summer.
Unfortunately he got injured at the wrong time and has struggled after that. Several players out now in the shop window and don't see them coming back to be honest. The decks are being cleared for our young talent and some good young signings in the summer. milton road
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11:09am Thu 14 Feb 13

milton road says...

Unfortunately he got injured at the wrong time and has struggled after that.
Several players out now in the shop window and don't see them coming back to be honest. The decks are being cleared for our young talent and some good young signings in the summer.
Unfortunately he got injured at the wrong time and has struggled after that. Several players out now in the shop window and don't see them coming back to be honest. The decks are being cleared for our young talent and some good young signings in the summer. milton road
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11:21am Thu 14 Feb 13

only1chopper says...

I agree, bit of an odd one. He def needs some game time, he is maybe a bit homesick, so to kill 2 birds with one stone, send him back for a wee bit and then saints can reep the benefits next season with some goals, or a transfer fee!
I agree, bit of an odd one. He def needs some game time, he is maybe a bit homesick, so to kill 2 birds with one stone, send him back for a wee bit and then saints can reep the benefits next season with some goals, or a transfer fee! only1chopper
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11:29am Thu 14 Feb 13

Jesus_02 says...

It's a loan, and a very sensible move for all involved.

I still rate him

He has all the basic componants of a good player. Just needs game time
It's a loan, and a very sensible move for all involved. I still rate him He has all the basic componants of a good player. Just needs game time Jesus_02
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11:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

sotonman2012 says...

How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker !
How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker ! sotonman2012
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12:03pm Thu 14 Feb 13

St Mark says...

sotonman2012 wrote:
How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker !
No - I suggest that would be you.

I thought he looked really sharp - remember the header to set up Rickie for the crucial goal at Leeds last season?

I agree with others who say he needs more match practice. Could still come good for us, although things are looking pretty positive at the moment - we shouldn't fear anyone just now!
[quote][p][bold]sotonman2012[/bold] wrote: How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker ![/p][/quote]No - I suggest that would be you. I thought he looked really sharp - remember the header to set up Rickie for the crucial goal at Leeds last season? I agree with others who say he needs more match practice. Could still come good for us, although things are looking pretty positive at the moment - we shouldn't fear anyone just now! St Mark
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12:08pm Thu 14 Feb 13

aldermoorboy says...

Good luck, I loved your goal for Saints, great strike
Good luck, I loved your goal for Saints, great strike aldermoorboy
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12:32pm Thu 14 Feb 13

saint_rednwhite says...

Proving he was actually rubbish whilst being free... think our chants were different mind.

One good goal and about it. My thoughts he wont be coming back... no real loss to us now
Proving he was actually rubbish whilst being free... think our chants were different mind. One good goal and about it. My thoughts he wont be coming back... no real loss to us now saint_rednwhite
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12:56pm Thu 14 Feb 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Needs a spell of regular first team football.hopefully he will come back a fitter and more robust player.Will mean that MAYUKA will move up the pecking order.But to cover injuries we will need Ramirez and GULY back fit pretty quick.COYR
Needs a spell of regular first team football.hopefully he will come back a fitter and more robust player.Will mean that MAYUKA will move up the pecking order.But to cover injuries we will need Ramirez and GULY back fit pretty quick.COYR CB FRY LIVES
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1:04pm Thu 14 Feb 13

right back in the bar says...

That goal against Derby was something else but that was it - not strong enough and not fit enough.
That goal against Derby was something else but that was it - not strong enough and not fit enough. right back in the bar
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1:11pm Thu 14 Feb 13

saintray says...

One sunny day dosnt make a summer,great day though but i fear never likely to be repeted on this planet,sorry Tad.
One sunny day dosnt make a summer,great day though but i fear never likely to be repeted on this planet,sorry Tad. saintray
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4:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

AndyAndrews says...

Watched him play for Saints U-21s v Newcastle U-21s at Eastleigh and was unimpressed. Surplus to requirements...
Watched him play for Saints U-21s v Newcastle U-21s at Eastleigh and was unimpressed. Surplus to requirements... AndyAndrews
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5:03pm Thu 14 Feb 13

abbiscuits says...

upset to see him go, was a good player and now we only have 3 established strikers : lambert, j-rod, mayuka, so... hoping either he comes back at the end of the season or we buy someone who can finish
upset to see him go, was a good player and now we only have 3 established strikers : lambert, j-rod, mayuka, so... hoping either he comes back at the end of the season or we buy someone who can finish abbiscuits
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5:48pm Thu 14 Feb 13

legh_langston says...

That run down the wing & cross against Barnsley last year was great!
Can Lambert go on for ever? Probably
but a fit Tad would be a useful backup.
That run down the wing & cross against Barnsley last year was great! Can Lambert go on for ever? Probably but a fit Tad would be a useful backup. legh_langston
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6:11pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Benali76 says...

sotonman2012 wrote:
How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker !
How can you judge him after a handful of games you say then promptly go on to judge him in the very next sentence.

I thought he looked one of our best players with pace class and energy before he got injured. Maybe he will be back firing and fit for the start of next season. I hope so.
[quote][p][bold]sotonman2012[/bold] wrote: How can you rate him after a handful of games ? He is poor even at under 21 level he is poor,Gets bullied all over the shop,Terrible injury problems,The fact he injured himself for like 4 months through kicking the floor & not the ball would suggest he is a plonker ![/p][/quote]How can you judge him after a handful of games you say then promptly go on to judge him in the very next sentence. I thought he looked one of our best players with pace class and energy before he got injured. Maybe he will be back firing and fit for the start of next season. I hope so. Benali76
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6:13pm Thu 14 Feb 13

100%Saint says...

I was there for the Derby game, very good goal and apparently he got a better celebration with us than he did at japan when he scored the winning Asia cup.
COYR!!!
I was there for the Derby game, very good goal and apparently he got a better celebration with us than he did at japan when he scored the winning Asia cup. COYR!!! 100%Saint
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6:30pm Thu 14 Feb 13

SouthamptonLegend says...

I rated him massively! Thought he looked more class than Mayuka but, obviously there's more to come!

The reason why he's gone is the £23k a week salary he's on. Not Bad for only 12 appearances!
I rated him massively! Thought he looked more class than Mayuka but, obviously there's more to come! The reason why he's gone is the £23k a week salary he's on. Not Bad for only 12 appearances! SouthamptonLegend
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6:38pm Thu 14 Feb 13

loadcee says...

He was never that good really and I don't think he is fit enough to play the way Saints play with the attacking push system .. seeya Tad
He was never that good really and I don't think he is fit enough to play the way Saints play with the attacking push system .. seeya Tad loadcee
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6:41pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Confucious says...

I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that.

I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated.

It's made him look like this a lot....

(>___
I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that. I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated. It's made him look like this a lot.... (>___ Confucious
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6:46pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Confucious says...

Confucious wrote:
I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that.

I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated.

It's made him look like this a lot....

(>___
After Tad tried one of my laxatives his face gradually improved.....

From (>_
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that. I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated. It's made him look like this a lot.... (>___[/p][/quote]After Tad tried one of my laxatives his face gradually improved..... From (>_ Confucious
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6:46pm Thu 14 Feb 13

TheJoiners says...

He was rubbish. Headless chicken, lets be honest.
He was rubbish. Headless chicken, lets be honest. TheJoiners
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6:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Confucious says...

Confucious wrote:
Confucious wrote:
I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that.

I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated.

It's made him look like this a lot....

(>___
After Tad tried one of my laxatives his face gradually improved.....

From (>_
Oh well, Echo system obviously doesn't like that.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: I heard the Japanese governent had declared 2 March as "erection day" and thought Tad might go back for that. I think he may be happy to go straight away, however, as the food over here has made him rather constipated. It's made him look like this a lot.... (>___[/p][/quote]After Tad tried one of my laxatives his face gradually improved..... From (>_[/p][/quote]Oh well, Echo system obviously doesn't like that. Confucious
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8:46pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

good move for him - possibly one for the future.

just unfortunate for him that so much changed while he had that injury

good luck to the lad, hope to see him back
good move for him - possibly one for the future. just unfortunate for him that so much changed while he had that injury good luck to the lad, hope to see him back Stroppy_gramps
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9:26pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Buddy SFC says...

only1chopper wrote:
I agree, bit of an odd one. He def needs some game time, he is maybe a bit homesick, so to kill 2 birds with one stone, send him back for a wee bit and then saints can reep the benefits next season with some goals, or a transfer fee!
I think a Permanent return back home is already on the cards .....

One of the highlights of last season was his goal against Derby and his celebrations as he was taken of by NA with 5 mins to go ........

Quality !
[quote][p][bold]only1chopper[/bold] wrote: I agree, bit of an odd one. He def needs some game time, he is maybe a bit homesick, so to kill 2 birds with one stone, send him back for a wee bit and then saints can reep the benefits next season with some goals, or a transfer fee![/p][/quote]I think a Permanent return back home is already on the cards ..... One of the highlights of last season was his goal against Derby and his celebrations as he was taken of by NA with 5 mins to go ........ Quality ! Buddy SFC
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10:11pm Thu 14 Feb 13

St Retford says...

I don't think I really saw enough of him to pass judgement either way.

I would, however, like to raise an issue with 5-Live pundit who has speculated on air whether Gareth Bale can be a one-club man. NO HE CAN'T YOU DOZY FCUK. IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE.

That is all. Cheers.
I don't think I really saw enough of him to pass judgement either way. I would, however, like to raise an issue with 5-Live pundit who has speculated on air whether Gareth Bale can be a one-club man. NO HE CAN'T YOU DOZY FCUK. IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE. That is all. Cheers. St Retford
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10:21pm Thu 14 Feb 13

City Saint says...

Sorry to see him go, he had one of the best celebrations ever.

But he seems to be a bit of a sicknote.

So, Cheerio.
Sorry to see him go, he had one of the best celebrations ever. But he seems to be a bit of a sicknote. So, Cheerio. City Saint
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10:35pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Puddletown Saint says...

Lets be honest here. All our loans out with the possible exception of Sharp are not going to cut it in the Prem.
Forecast Dickson Seabourne Hammond Forte De Ridder Reeves Hoskins Lee Barnard. We can also let go Davis (K) Martin Richardson Butterfield Chaplow Guly. That is 17 out and we would only need 4/5 top drawer in.

Good luck Tad Lee - was not meant to be.
Lets be honest here. All our loans out with the possible exception of Sharp are not going to cut it in the Prem. Forecast Dickson Seabourne Hammond Forte De Ridder Reeves Hoskins Lee Barnard. We can also let go Davis (K) Martin Richardson Butterfield Chaplow Guly. That is 17 out and we would only need 4/5 top drawer in. Good luck Tad Lee - was not meant to be. Puddletown Saint
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11:12pm Thu 14 Feb 13

abbiscuits says...

I think in the summer we have to get rid of:
barnard, butterfield, hammond, forecast, dickson, forte
loan: chappers, de ridder, guly, lee
I think in the summer we have to get rid of: barnard, butterfield, hammond, forecast, dickson, forte loan: chappers, de ridder, guly, lee abbiscuits
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9:54am Fri 15 Feb 13

sarfhamton says...

Tandanari Lee,
Tandanari Lee,
Tandanari Lee,
Got him on a free,
home did he flee,
Tandanari Lee!
Tandanari Lee, Tandanari Lee, Tandanari Lee, Got him on a free, home did he flee, Tandanari Lee! sarfhamton
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4:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

TheSaintsMan says...

I find this quite sad as I strongly thought he would be a success at Southampton. Sadly it wasn't to be, but I still think he could and will be a big player for the Premier League.
I find this quite sad as I strongly thought he would be a success at Southampton. Sadly it wasn't to be, but I still think he could and will be a big player for the Premier League. TheSaintsMan
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4:32pm Fri 15 Feb 13

BracknellSaint says...

Think it's a shame, as still think with his pace and workrate he'd be an asset.
That said, World Cup next year, and at 27 now he's desperate to play for Japan, so this allows him game time, and also to be very much in the manager's sights too.
Hopefully he'll be back for pre-season, and with some regular footy under his belt, would be a benefit for us going into the new season
Think it's a shame, as still think with his pace and workrate he'd be an asset. That said, World Cup next year, and at 27 now he's desperate to play for Japan, so this allows him game time, and also to be very much in the manager's sights too. Hopefully he'll be back for pre-season, and with some regular footy under his belt, would be a benefit for us going into the new season BracknellSaint
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6:49pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Crossley Place Saint says...

Something very mysterious has been going on here. Like most people I was excited when he arrived (remember that thread when we all proposed songs about him?). But he hardly ever played. Yes he was signed on a free transfer, but that doesn't mean he didn't cost us anything - don't forget his WAGES which were reliably reported as £20K/week. That is £1M plus paid out for very little in return.
Something very mysterious has been going on here. Like most people I was excited when he arrived (remember that thread when we all proposed songs about him?). But he hardly ever played. Yes he was signed on a free transfer, but that doesn't mean he didn't cost us anything - don't forget his WAGES which were reliably reported as £20K/week. That is £1M plus paid out for very little in return. Crossley Place Saint
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9:59pm Fri 15 Feb 13

joelster says...

Sorry to see him Lee-ve
Sorry to see him Lee-ve joelster
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