‘Gentle Giant’ Forster helping turn Saints’ season around
Feb10

‘Gentle Giant’ Forster helping turn Saints’ season around

Considering that Southampton fans were pining for a prolific striker in order to turn a stuttering campaign around, Fraser Forster wasn’t perhaps the first name on many lips to do that. Yet after the last five games garnered an impressive 13 points, the goalkeeper’s impact following his return to the first team could not have been more profound; a previously leaky defence has now kept five successive clean sheets. In the first...

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Austin can lead Southampton back into the Europa League
Jan27

Austin can lead Southampton back into the Europa League

As the minutes ticked by at Old Trafford, the deadlock still yet to be broken, the stage being set for Charlie Austin to score the winner on his Southampton debut against Manchester United seemed more and more inevitable. With the game reaching a climax at Old Trafford, Austin stepped up to win the game and show exactly why Saints were so keen on signing a striker who can find that yard of space, even in a packed penalty area. Signed...

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A crucial week for Southampton and, in particular, Ronald Koeman
Jan13

A crucial week for Southampton and, in particular, Ronald Koeman

Ten games. Nine goals scored, with four coming in one game. 19 goals conceded. One win and one draw, but eight losses. Make no mistake; Southampton’s winter has been very bleak. The 4-0 win over Arsenal has become an oasis amongst the desert, rather than the turnaround that many would have hoped. After two away goalless draws against Watford and West Brom back in the early stage of the season, the home doubleheader becomes...

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What does the future hold for Victor Wanyama?
Dec30

What does the future hold for Victor Wanyama?

Southampton’s 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal on Boxing Day was an incredible shock. The Gunners had come off the back of an impressive win against Manchester City, whilst Ronald Koeman’s side had been leaking goals for fun in recent weeks. But the Saints gave Arsene Wenger’s side a bloody nose; far from being the team that made error after error against Tottenham, Liverpool or Crystal Palace, Southampton showed battling qualities. It is...

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Southampton need to spend in January, but club might wait until the summer.
Dec16

Southampton need to spend in January, but club might wait until the summer.

A 6-1 defeat in the Capital One Cup quarter final to Liverpool, a 1-1 draw against bottom of the league Aston Villa, and a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace. It appears that Southampton’s annual Christmas slump is in full swing once again, but the December loss of form feels much more gloomy this year than in the past two seasons. Saints are not sitting in the top seven like they were in 2013 and 2014; the season so far has been one of...

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Should Southampton put more faith in their youngsters?
Dec02

Should Southampton put more faith in their youngsters?

Considering how synonymous Southampton are with bringing talented players through the academy, seeing both the Under-18s and Under-21s lose 7-2 in the last two weeks is a bit of a shock. Results often don’t matter in youth development, but those scorelines to Chelsea and Norwich respectively is rather different. Normally the younger Saints in those age groups are playing a year or two up from their actual age because the...

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