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Southampton 2022-23: Youth Will Be Served, maybe


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Good as time as any to start this up..

Saints summer transfer strategy appears to be buy young, unproven talent from the big boys, after last year's success with signing 18 y.o. Chelea's Tino Livramento. Spending for any individual player seems to be targeted to the £6m to £12m range.

Saints appear to be methodically hitting their positional target needs, which are GK, CB, DCM, AM, and Striker

In..

  • 20 y.o. Gavin Bazunu GK (Man City) £12.6m
  • 18 y.o. Romeo Lavia DCM (Man City) £10.5m
  • 20 y.o. Armel Bella-Kotchap CB (VfL Bochum) £9m

getting close...

  • 25 y.o. Joe Aribo AM (Rangers) £6m

weird rumor of the day...

  • 21 y.o. Neco Williams RB (Liverpool) £20m - this doesnt sound like Saints M.O.

targets

  • 24 y.o. Sasa Kalajdzic (Stuttgart) - would be a BIG pricetag.. £20m-ish
  • 19 y.o. Liam Delap (Man City)
  • 19 y.o. Levi Colwill (Hudderfield)

OUT

  • Fraser Forster to Spurs
  • Shane Long to ??

may go..

  • Walcott,
  • Redmond,
  • Bednarek
  • Djenepo
  • Stephens

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and maybe a bigger impact than summer transfers..

https://www.hampshirelive.news/sport/football/football-news/joe-shields-manchester-city-southampton-7288169

Joe Shields sends Manchester City farewell message ahead of expected move to Southampton

 

Joe Shields has moved one step closer to joining Southampton after posting a message about his exit from Manchester City.

Shields is widely expected to join Saints as the club's new head of recruitment, having spent the past nine years with the current Premier League champions and playing a big part in their successful youth recruitment. He has developed a reputation as one of the best at identifying talented young players in European football, with City going on to enjoy sustained success at various levels in recent seasons during his time with the club.

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  • 2 weeks later...

UPDATE:

Priorities remain : strikers, and full back cover. Sticking with the youth theme, priced from £6m to £12m range, Saints closing in on some player i have never heard of from France.

  • 19 y.o. Sekou Mara Striker (Bordeaux) £11m

IN

  • 20 y.o. Gavin Bazunu GK (Man City) £12.6m
  • 18 y.o. Romeo Lavia DCM (Man City) £10.5m
  • 20 y.o. Armel Bella-Kotchap CB (VfL Bochum) £9m
  • 25 y.o. Joe Aribo AM (Rangers) £6m

i hope Saints scouting department knows what they are doing. Going to be a bunch of kids in the side.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Spurs v Southampton

tough ask to get any points in the season opener against Spurs

This summer the Saints picked up 6 players for less than the cost of Richarlison (£52.20m v. £50.76m)

  • Sekou Mara Striker 
  • Gavin Bazunu GK  
  • Romeo Lavia DCM 
  • Armel Bella-Kotchap CB
  • Joe Aribo AM
  • Mateusz Lis GK

3 of those (in bold) are likely starters... and 2 more could see 2nd half action.

 

 

 

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spurs 4 -1 saints

We’ll that was depressing. 

- wrong formation (3CBs actually made saints weaker defensively)

- players playing out of their normal positions (S. Armstrong, Djenepo, Valery)

- best striker - on the bench

- Valery, Bednarek, Djenepo, A. Armstrong should not be in the Saints starting XI. Ever. 
 

already rumblings of Hasenhuttl out by World Cup. 
 

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Southampton 2 -2 Leeds

That was a very interesting game.. 

  • Down 0-2 in the 2nd half at the 60'.  Was reading on a Soton board that the atmosphere in the stadium at that stage was the most toxic they have ever felt -  calls for Hasenhuttl's head.
  • Ralph has been pushing a 3-5-2 formation, starting players not in their natural positions to start the season and being too cautious with our new signees.
  • Supporters during the last match and leading up to this one have been pleading for a 4-2-2-2 formation, getting our new 5 new signees on the pitch, having players play to their strengths, etc.
  • at the 70th minute mark, Ralph does just that, apparently after an animated discussion on the sidelines with his coaching staff. Subbing in offensive players, taking off a CB (current whipping boy Bednarek), going with a 4-2-2-2
  • Soton's shape immediately looks more threating and forward - leading to 2 goals
  • goal at 72' by new signee and sub Aribo
  • goal at 81' by KWP, with a beautiful DeBruyne-like thru ball assist by new signee and sub Mara

Hasenhuttl might have saved his job for now. There will be a revolt if the 3-5-2 shows up next week for Leicester. When Hasenhuttl's lineup/formations are announced leading up to matches, it's been bloodsport on Saints fan forums for quite awhile now. It's unpredictable and surprising every matchweek.

all that being said - much needed point. Cautiously optimistic if Ralph can get his shit together. If not, get ready for the Sean Dyche era.

 

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transfer news - or silly season news

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/20670289.southampton-reportedly-hold-talks-benfica-25million-striker-deal/

£25million deal for Portuguese striker Goncalo Ramos from Benfica.

  • What, Wolves not interested?
  • Spending £25million for a single player is out of character for Southampton
  • backup to Darwin Nunez last season - already 5 goals for Benfica this season.

 

https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/18/southampton-leading-nottingham-forest-in-race-for-man-utds-james-garner-17204974/

£15-£20m deal for Man U midfielder James Garner

  • Please, no Maverick or Rockford Files jokes.
  • again seems pricey for Southampton
  • was on loan to Nottingham Forest last year in the Championship (starting 39 league matches)

 

both match the youth movement strategy - both are 21.

 

 

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Leicester 1 - 2 Southampton

  • desperately needed 3 points and got it.
  • 5 new players in the starting XI
  • apparently, youngest Starting XI fielded in the PL since 2017.
  • 10% of points needed for safety achieved.
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Southampton 0 - 1 Man U

  • Southampton played well, but have no quality in the final third.
  • ABK is a beast at CB. Good business there.
  • Lavia is so composed on the ball. Good business there.
  • Would be nice when Southampton get Livramento back from his ACL injury.

The last week of the transfer window will basically decide if Southampton stay up or not. So far its been a good summer. All transfer ins look quality, at bargain prices. We just need a bit more. Still need a tall, physical striker (who doesnt?) and a creative offensive minded midfielder.

The pieces are in place. They just need a few bit more.

I feel like a really good team is going to go down his year. Southampton are definitely in peril.

 

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/08/29/southamptons-214m-cody-gapko-bid-rejected-psv/

Southampton's £21.4m Cody Gakpo bid rejected by PSV as rivals hover

 

Unfortunately, Saints are trying to do it on the cheap. All of our mid table competitors are spending like crazy. And everyone is getting better. Much better.

If we are simply unable to spend more it's becoming pretty obvious we don't belong in the PL.

Not sure how much longer we can continue on with such a small transfer budget.

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this morning has been crazy.... potentially 5 new signees eminent. 

  • Gakpo (would be record signing)
  • Bade (Loan - option to buy)
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Loan - option to buy)
  • Edozie (Man City youngster)
  • Larios (Man City youngster)

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well that was a dramatic 24 hours with the whole Gapko thing...Southampton were in rarified air there for a moment. Well back to earth.

https://theathletic.com/3556650/2022/09/01/cody-gakpo-leeds-southampton/

PSV decide against selling Cody Gakpo

Southampton met PSV's evaluation, but PSV then got cold feet. Didn't help that he scored a hat trick last night against FC Volendam.

Sucks.. he would have completely changed the trajectory of Southampton's season, IMO

 

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  • 4 weeks later...
  • Wolves 1 - 0 Southampton
  • Villa 1 - 0 Southampton
  • Southampton 1 -2 Everton

three anemic performances in a row against teams you should be beating.

grumble, grumble, grumble

Hasenhuttl may not last to the World Cup.

 

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Hasenhuttl sacked.

Nice guy. Charismatic. But had to go. 

https://www.yahoo.com/now/5-contenders-replace-sacked-southampton-111937358.html

5 contenders to replace sacked Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

  • Nathan Jones - Who?

  • Rafael Benitez - sure, sure

  • Sean Dyche - oh no

  • Marcelo Gallardo - ok

  • Mauricio Pochettino - hahaha

 

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