Player to watch this weekend: Southampton’s Graziano Pelle 0

A lone-forward’s job tends to differ between home and away games.  Other than in an instance where the visiting side is much stronger than the home team, that’s generally true. Last weekend, when Southampton visited Anfield, they used Graziano Pelle as a base-camp for a lot of their attacking play and they relied on him(…)

Southampton go down, but not without cause for optimism 1

Liverpool were the winners at Anfield this afternoon, and their status will probably make the object of much of the analysis in the coming days, but Southampton were arguably the real story. It’s been a miserable Summer at St Mary’s; the much-publicised exodus has broken up last year’s team and cultivated a doom culture around the(…)

Liverpool vs Southampton: Individual Player Statistics 0

It would be reductive simply to attribute Liverpool’s lack of attacking rhythm to the absence of Luis Suarez, because if anything they just seemed to stuck almost in pre-season mode.  That’s a short-term worry and really something to be expected on the opening day against a resilient, hard-working Southampton side who actually out-created their hosts.(…)

Shane Long, Southampton, and some impending incredulity 2

Southampton have reportedly agreed a fee with Hull City for Shane Long, and the size of that fee is likely to cause many an outraged social media comment over the coming days. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but are we not getting to the stage now where we’re immune to the cost of British(…)

Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton, and sulking 4

Ronald Koeman spoke about the situation surrounding Morgan Schneiderlin in a press-conference yesterday - here are those quotes, via the BBC. “The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult.  I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed - we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that. Tomorrow(…)

So what do Southampton need before the season starts? 1

It’s worth remembering, that even with all this Summer’s sales and departures, the side below is still available to Ronald Koeman for opening day: Nobody can argue that the club haven’t lost a lot of talent, and in Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez they are likely to lose a bit more before the window shuts,(…)

Lex Immers might fit Ronald Koeman’s new Southampton 0

In an interview today with BBC Radio Solent, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insisted that the club are ‘aggressively pursuing’ new players and that they are expecting an influx of talent before the season starts. Krueger also stressed that he’s intent on keeping any transfer movement secret for the time-being and so any predictions as to(…)

Uneasy with the portrayal of Southampton’s Katharina Liebherr 4

The general narrative around Southampton doesn’t need to be added to, because everyone seems to be knee-deep in their premature relegation prophecies and assumptions that the current sales are being sanctioned for the financial satisfaction of Katharina Liebherr and her family. That’s wrong and it really always has been - as BBC Radio Solent‘s interview(…)

Southampton: At least give them time to re-invest the revenue 4

So many memes, so very many memes. Southampton have spent their Summer selling off most of their first-team squad and, as a result, have been the object of much internet ‘banter’. While the club’s fanbase are understandably disheartened, isn’t it right to hold the doom prophecies until after Ronald Koeman has actually had a chance(…)

SouthamptonŐs Graziano Pelle: Stat comparison with Rickie Lambert

Southampton’s Graziano Pelle: Stat comparison with Rickie Lambert 0

Something quick. Graziano Pelle completed his move to Southampton over the weekend, and Ronald Koeman now his replacement for Rickie Lambert. But how does Pelle actually compare with Lambert? It would be easy to lie and pretend to be an Eredivisie aficionado, but truthfully the only Dutch clubs I watch on a regular basis are(…)

Southampton: Dusan Tadic Đ a graphical comparison

Southampton: Dusan Tadic - a graphical comparison 0

As always with statistics, bear in mind that they are not the be all and end all of everything and that they should be used in combination with what you’ve seen with your own eyes. So, for entertainment purposes only - and using Squawka‘s comparison matrix - here are a couple of graphics. The first(…)

Dejan Lovren trying to guilt Southampton into Liverpool sale

Dejan Lovren trying to guilt Southampton into Liverpool sale 1

Here’s Southampton’s Dejan Lovren with a quote that’s bound to endear him to the club’s fans (in Sportske Novosti via The Mail): “Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me. Not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids. That wasn’t right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and(…)

Decisive Southampton should be settling supportersŐ nerves

Decisive Southampton should be settling supporters’ nerves 7

Earlier in the week, I wrote this about Southampton and stressed that despite the sales of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert, there were plenty of reasons for optimism and that the club were still well-positioned to be a progressive force in the Premier League. And, after the last twenty-four hours, I’m more sure(…)

In decline?  No, Southampton have never looked better

In decline? No, Southampton have never looked better 18

The internet, as we all know, is a fertile breeding ground for alarmist, knee-jerk opinions.  If something happens - anywhere, in any context - the chances are that several thousand people will respond instantaneously with a thundering generalisation.  The best opinion is the quickest, and the most accurate is always the loudest - in football(…)

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