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Urging Southampton’s Luke Shaw not to seriously consider Chelsea yet

Urging Southampton’s Luke Shaw not to seriously consider Chelsea yet 2

Ben Weeks implores Luke Shaw to continue his development at Southampton… The Telegraph used the phrase “left-back merry-go-round” today, and credit where it’s due because that just about sums up what presumably will occur should everyone get their man come January: Leighton Baines, Patrice Evra and Ryan Bertrand are just a few Premier League left-backs(…)

The need for Newcastle to double-up this weekend

The need for Newcastle to double-up this weekend 1

What a terrific result that was for Newcastle last weekend, and ignore the narrative around Manchester United’s failings, because the visitors deserved their points at Old Trafford. As beneficial as a result like that can be though, there’s always a lingering danger attached to it. Often - and this is, I accept, an extreme example(…)

Chelsea vs Southampton: Individual Player Statistics

Chelsea vs Southampton: Individual Player Statistics 2

As bad as Chelsea were in the first-half, they were worth the three points today on the back of their excellent attitude and approach during the second forty-five minutes - and Jose Mourinho will presumably be delighted with the turnaround. Here are the statistics from Stamford Bridge: - Cesar Azpilicueta had 96 touches of the(…)

Southampton and the imminent danger of progress

Southampton and the imminent danger of progress 3

Southampton have been excellent this season, and they’re fast-becoming the hipsters team du jour and and outside pick for a Champions League spot. They are tactically very astute, their starting eleven comprises enough English talent to appease the neutrals, and their existence in a positive context is a novelty to those of us who associate(…)

Southampton: Squad statistics

Southampton: Squad statistics 1

Southampton’s start to the season has been superb, and it’s bred some much-warranted international recognition, plaudits for their manager, and third place in the Premier League. Here are their statistical leaders after eleven games: - The club has 6 ever-presents in the league: Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jose Fonte, Victor Wanyama, and Artur(…)

The best approach for England with the new Southampton duo

The best approach for England with the new Southampton duo 0

Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana are involved with England for the first time this week, and let’s hope that they actually get the opportunity to play some minutes in the upcoming games. Whether it be this week or next, they have to be allowed to actually experience international football and not just make-up the numbers(…)

Morgan Schneiderlin’s Southampton performance: Stats and graphics

Morgan Schneiderlin’s Southampton performance: Stats and graphics 0

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert both attracted a lot of praise for their performances yesterday, rightly so, but another Southampton player who doesn’t quite ‘feel the love’ - Morgan Schneiderlin. He scored yesterday, so was a little more visible than usual, but the Frenchman’s contribution to Mauricio Pochettino’s side is immense - he’s one of(…)

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez: Season by numbers

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez: Season by numbers 0

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez has found his way into the England picture - congratulations to him - and so it’s worth having a quick statistical look at his season so far. The essence of a player like Rodriguez doesn’t always translate onto paper, be aware of that, but here’s his output this season under Mauricio Pochettino:(…)

Delighted for Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez

Delighted for Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez 1

Well done Roy Hodgson, you’ve restored my faith in the England selection process. Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez have been having excellent seasons down on the south-coast under Mauricio Pochettino, and today both received call-ups to the England squad. Some short notes on each: - When Southampton signed Rodriguez, I remember saying that one day(…)

James Ward-Prowse’s weekend performance for Southampton: Stats and graphics

James Ward-Prowse’s weekend performance for Southampton: Stats and graphics 0

I’m fast becoming a fan of James Ward-Prowse, even if it’s just for the quality of his delivery from wide areas - he’s yet another under-valued player at Southampton, and created the opportunity from which they equalised on Saturday against Stoke. His statistics from the season don’t necessarily reflect this, but beyond his creative player(…)

Fantasy Picks: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Fantasy Picks: Adam Lallana (Southampton) 2

If you’re a regular reader of this site, then you’ll know my feelings on Adam Lallana being shunned by Roy Hodgson at the moment; the Southampton player is arguably the best-performing English winger in the country, and yet international recognition has not been forthcoming. On Saturday evening, Fulham travel to St Mary’s to face Mauricio(…)

Adam Lallana’s performance for Southampton today: Stats and graphics

Adam Lallana’s performance for Southampton today: Stats and graphics 0

Well, I did say that he should be given a chance for England, and Adam Lallana produced another brilliant performance for Southampton today and was comfortably the Man of The Match at Old Trafford. Presumably that will mean nothing to Roy Hodgson, though, and he’ll persist with selecting players who are sitting on the bench(…)

Time to start taking Southampton seriously 4

Glancing over the weekend fixtures, the one which really stands out is Southampton’s trip to Old Trafford. I think a lot of people are ignoring what Mauricio Pochettino’s side are doing this season, and I understand why: they haven’t been on television a lot, their games have almost all been low-scoring and forgettable, and on(…)

Nathaniel Clyne’s performance for Southampton at Anfield

Nathaniel Clyne’s performance for Southampton at Anfield 1

Nathaniel Clyne is someone who has been tipped for good things for a very long time, and even though his progress has stalled a bit over these past few years, he put-in an excellent performance at Anfield today. He’s probably not going to reach the levels he was projected to whilst at Crystal Palace -(…)

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