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Shane Long | Forward | #7

Team: Southampton
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 154

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Contrary to some press rumours, new Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino will not dispose of striker Shane Long.
Instead, the new coach hopes to help the forward back to goalscoring form after struggling to gather momentum last season. Having been one of the Saints' standout performers in 2015/16 under Ronald Koeman, scoring on 13 occasions, Long's form took a nosedive under Claude Puel. Some commentators point towards Puel's rotation strategy as having sapped the player's confidence in front of goal, where he only scored five times. Long was predominantly deployed as an impact sub from the bench by Puel. He cut a frustrated figure at stages, especially when substituted 20 minutes after coming off the bench. However, rather than follow JRod out the exit door, Long has decided to train over the summer and attempt to rediscover his form on the south coast. Long summed it up himself: "I didn't play as much as I would have liked to and felt I didn't get the chances that I deserved at times, so I want to hit the ground running this year." Jul 14 - 10:19 PM

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