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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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Southampton are looking to Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini to fix their woes in front of goal.
The 25 year old forward has six caps for Italy's national team and it is thought that Napoli are demanding £13.6 million up front for his services with an additional £3.4 million in add-ons. It is also believed that the Serie A side will be entitled to 10% of any sell-on fee for the forward who will sign a four year contract. Gabbiadini has been a bit-part player for Napoli this season, scoring three times in thirteen league appearances, of which most came from the bench. Jan 29 - 4:05 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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Southampton ruined Liverpool's hopes of a showdown with Manchester United in the League Cup final with a 2-0 aggregate win.

Holding tight to a 1-0 aggregate at Anfield, Southampton withstood a desperate Liverpool attack, one that leads the Premier League in goals, even after losing Virgil van Dijk to injury this week and Jose Fonte in a transfer to West Ham. The Reds were denied a penalty shout in the first minute of stoppage time and Southampton took advantage on the break, hitting Shane Long on a counter attack for the only goal of the night to send Saints through to Wembley at the end of February against either Manchester United or Hull City in what will be their first Cup final since the 2003 FA Cup.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 5:47 PM

Southampton have struggled for goals this season, especially after Charlie Auston's long term shoulder injury.

The ire of many fantasy managers and fans has fallen on both Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez for failing to notch up more than five goals between them in 20 hours of football this season. However, the criticism can be perceived to be a tad unfair when you consider the heavy rotation that manager Claude Puel uses, which means neither striker is given a chance to gain momentum. JRod has started consecutive games once, after his Bournemouth brace he started against Spurs 10 days later. After failing to score against the league's best defence, he was benched. Long started consecutive games twice early in the season, but when he got his only league goal of the season against West Brom he was rewarded with being dropped. Puel fails to let his strikers build confidence that is crucial for goalscoring strikers, as well as for building chemistry with ball providers in midfield.
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Shane Long has been omitted from the upcoming international versus Austria after failing to recover from the hamstring strain he suffered in the Europa League last month.

Long had been managing an ongoing muscular issue before he finally succumbed to the injury and was forced to spend time on the sidelines after pulling up when trying to chase down a ball against Inter Milan. Southampton have been reluctant to put a specific timeline on his return, but Long is almost certain to miss the trip to Hull on Sunday after he failed to make Ireland's provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup Qualifier in Vienna. Long has struggled to nail down a regular starting place in the Premier League this season and given the form of Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond plus the return to fitness of Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal the 29-year-old could find his first-team opportunities limited even further.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Sunderland's embattled manager David Moyes is rumoured to be looking at signing two Republic of Ireland internationals.

Southampton's Shane Long and Norwich City's Robbie Brady are the duo who he hopes to add to the Black Cats' roster. Shane Long has been struggling to find the net for Claude Puel's men this season in spite of putting in good all-round performances. He is now in a battle for game time with Austin, Rodriguez, Redmond and even Sofiane Boufal for a spot in the lineup. Brady meanwhile has been playing in the Championship with Norwich since their relegation in May even after his heroics for Ireland at Euro 2016 and his consistently strong performances in 2015/16. The versatile left-footer can play all along the left flank and in the Number 10 role, where he has excelled for his country against world class opposition.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Southampton and Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has been ruled out of Sunday's clash with Manchester City.

Long started Thursday nights Europa League game against Inter Milan at the San Siro but pulled up early in the second half. He was replaced by in form striker Charlie Austin. Long pulled up with a hamstring problem after a chase with Inter defender Miranda. Long has had a frustrating season in the league so far, being a menace with his pace for opposition defenders but failing to get any goals. Hence, he has fallen below Austin in the pecking order and finds himself in competition with the recovered Jay Rodriguez.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 03:06:00 PM

Shane Long has emerged as an injury doubt for Gameweek 8 after sustaining an injury on international duty.

The Southampton forward ended his goalscoring drought in the second minute of the game away to Moldova in Chisinau after being played in by Wes Hoolahan. However, in the second half the former Reading, Hull and West Brom man went down clasping his thigh, immediately gesturing to the bench. He was then substituted. It appears to be a minor muscular issue, but may well see him miss Sunday's home game against Burnley.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Claude Puel found Arsenal's last minute penalty win 'difficult to take' but his strikers again failed to convert their chances.

Jay Rodriguez was frozen out by Arsenal's defence, receiving the ball only once in the box, his one shot went off target. Nathan Redmond was also poorly provided, with his shots being speculative and blocked. Long has the best opportunities after arriving on as a sub, but he spurned them, sending them off target and failing to put enough power into them. Arsenal's defence must be credited for limiting through balls for the pacey strikers, the Saints only managed one. However, their long shots and long ball strategy may need to be rethought.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 10:01:00 AM

Southampton's new record signing Sofiane Boufal is likely to cause major changes among Southampton's attacking unit.

The midfielder plays more forward than his position suggests, but is not a like for like replacement for Sadio Mane. Boufal tends to rely on his skill rather than his physical prowess to get past opposition players. He does however have a keen eye for goal, notching up 12 in 35 appearances last term. He plays on the left wing or in the no. 10 role and should replace Shane Long, Nathan Redmond or Charlie Austin for a place in the starting line up. Who he will replace is likely to be subject to many managerial experiments which will cause headaches for fantasy managers. Indeed, his arrival will create the chance for last weekend's goalscorer Jay Rodriguez to go out on loan. The Moroccan is currently recovering from a knee injury and is likely to be introduced to the team slowly to build both fitness and chemistry.
Source: Eurosport
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 09:43:00 AM

Shane Long was almost completely anonymous in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Stoke.

The Republic of Ireland international was totally overshadowed statistically by new arrival at St Mary's Nathan Redmond who is currently being converted from a winger into a striker by manager Claude Puel. Long was certainly the buffer player in the strike partnership, making runs to make space but failing to get on the ball and be effective. Long failed to register a single shot on target. In fact, he only had one shot. This appears meagre beside Redmond's 5 shots. To make things even worse, the Irishman didn't even look likely to assist Redmond. His successful passes occured far from goal and his one pass into the box was unsuccessful. He'll need to bounce back on Friday at Old Trafford if he hopes to hold off Charlie Austin for his place in the starting XI.
Source: FourFourTwo
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Southampton have defeated Athletic Club 1-0 through a first half goal by Shane Long.

Long has been playing well in pre-season and is partnering very well with Nathan Redmond in attack. Neither of the two are typical target men but they are connecting well with midfielder Dusan Tadic and creating a number of chances for Southampton through great link-up play. Long is a bit expensive in some leagues this season, but he is a high-upside pick with plenty of potential. We prefer Redmond, but Long will also have a good season.
Source: SaintsFC
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Shane Long has signed a new four-year deal to keep him at Southampton.

Long played very well last season and was one of Southampton's primary goal-scorers. He will partner with Nathan Redmond in attack this season and serve as a target-man for the Saints. His fantasy value is on the rise and he should be considering the mid-rounds of leagues.
Source: Mirror
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 09:03:00 PM

Republic of Ireland did their best to keep pace with Belgium, but the Red Devils eventually opened the floodgates in the second half and won, 2-0.

Republic of Ireland played their scrappy brand of football, doing the best they could to make up for a lack of quality, and it served them well for the first 45 minutes with the two sides staying level on the scoreboard. The tide turned just after the second half began, when Toby Alderweireld caught Shane Long with his boot on an attempted clearance. The play could have been adjudged worthy of a penalty, but the referee did not see it that way and Belgium would score on a counter-attack just moments later. There simply wasn't enough attacking pressure from the likes of Long, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady and Republic of Ireland were eventually run over. On an optimistic note, they play Italy in the final round and the Azzurri will likely rest the majority of their regular starters.
Source: Guardian
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 11:03:00 AM

Shane Long almost scored in Ireland's 1-0 win over Switzerland but was denied by the crossbar.

The Southampton forward couldn't be stopped against Switzerland and created danger from start to finish. Long will likely continue playing heavy minutes for the Saints and remains a fantasy option. In the same match, Ciaran Clark impressed at centre-back and raises the question of why he's not getting a bigger chance at struggling Aston Villa.
Source: DailyEcho
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 04:47:00 PM

The Saints will be looking to bounce back from the hugely disappointing midweek defeat at Bournemouth, but Ronald Koemans’ men will have to do without Charlie Austin and Shane Long.

Charlie Austin sustained a hamstring injury at the Vitality to cap a truly miserable evening with tests confirming the striker will miss up-to a month. However, there better news regarding Shane Long, who managed to shake off his own muscular problem to play on Tuesday night. The Irishman was forced off following a kick to the knee, with Koeman confirming post-match that the injury was not serious. Long will miss the game versus Sunderland but should return at the Britannia in game week thirty. Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane are likely to come into the side.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:55:00 AM