Player News - Southampton

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Southampton pulled together in remarkable fashion to pull out a 1-0 win against West Ham while playing the final 36 minutes of the match a man down.

Victor Wanyama was sent off with a straight red card in the 54th minute for a mindless challenge from behind on Dimtri Payet after losing possession in midfield. The Kenyan was given his marching orders for the third time this season, but Southampton tightened up at the back in its 3-5-2 formation to hold on for the win, which brings the club into seventh in the table. Maya Yoshida contributed the winner in the ninth minute after Wanyama poked a pass toward the center of the box in the ninth minute. Meanwhile, Southampton has now recorded five straight Premier League clean sheets since Fraser Forster's return
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 2:28 PM

Fraser Forster propped up a questionable defense by coming up with a series of good saves to heap misery on Arsenal at the Emirates.

Southampton didn't mount much of an attack with a mere 33% of possession and only three shots on target to Arsenal's 11. It was on the Saints' goalkeeper to ensure that Arsenal's dominance would come to nothing more than a point and he was up to the task. Forster recorded ten saves and a clean sheet on the way to an exceptional day for his club and for any fantasy managers brave enough to select him against the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 2 - 5:00 PM

New signing Charlie Austin is already making his price worth it by earning Southampton a huge three points on the road in a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Austin scored the lone goal in the 87th minute and that led to Manchester United being booed off their pitch by their own fans. The match was a fairly even one, without many chances in front of either goal, and Manchester's fans could have booed even in a winning performance for the lack of good play. At this point, Louis van Gaal should be worried about his job.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 23 - 12:48 PM

Ronald Koeman has provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides’ trip to Old Trafford. The Dutchman confirmed that new signing Charlie Austin will be available this weekend. Graziano Pelle however, will face a late fitness test.

Austin – who signed from Queens Park Rangers last week – has been sidelined since mid-December due to a hamstring complaint but Koeman has confirmed that the 26-year-old will be ready following a full week of training. However, Pelle remains a doubt due to his problematic knee. The Italian missed the whole of the Festive period and has been restricted to just nine minutes from the bench since his recovery. Shane Long is expected to lead the Southampton attack against Man United as the Saints look to make three successive Premier League wins.
Jan 21 - 12:47 PM

James Ward-Prowse tripled his Premier League goal total asize Southampton cruised to a 3-0 win over West Brom.

The first Saints goal was a free kick from the top drawer delivered by James Ward-Prowse. The second came also from JWP, this time from the spot. The icing on the cake came courtesy of Dusan Tadic who beat Boaz Myhill from a tight angle. The Saints have exploded back into the top half after a miserable run to end the first half of the season.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 16 - 12:34 PM

Fraser Forster could make his long awaited return to first team action this evening as Maarten Stekelenburg struggles to overcome the hamstring injury he picked up during the defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Forster was due to play for the under-21s on Monday night but the England international was withdrawn as the availability of Stekelenburg hangs in the balance. Ronald Koeman will also welcome Graziano Pelle back into the Saints squad after missing the last four games due to a persistent knee problem. Southampton have won just once in the last ten (L8, D1) and will be looking for a victory over Watford to kick start 2016. "It’s a perfect time to have everybody back, even that Fraser is back in the squad because that will give a boost to everybody," said Koeman. "Of course, normally we played always with Graziano in front and we know his qualities, the team know his qualities. He is strong."
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 13 - 6:46 AM

Sadio Mane was benched in Southampton's last match due to being late for a team meeting.

Koeman was not happy by Mane's unprofessional behaviour as he showed up late to the team's last meeting on matchday. Koeman stated in his post-match conference that he had to change the team two hours before the game because of Mane coming late to the meeting. According to Sky Sports News HQ, Mane shouldn't face further discipline for his behaviour.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 3 - 6:47 PM

Victor Wanyama will serve a one-match ban during Southampton's FA Cup match against Crystal Palace.

Wanyama was sent off for getting a second yellow on Saturday against Norwich City, but he won't miss any Premier League time because the suspension will be served in the FA Cup. He could, however, face some time on the bench because Ronald Koeman wasn't very happy with his decision making this weekend. Keep an eye out for his status.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 3 - 6:42 PM

Southampton continued its struggle since that 4-0, seemingly momentum-shifting win against Arsenal with a second straight defeat in a 1-0 loss to Norwich City.

The loss is Southampton's fourth in the last five Premier League matches, dropping the club to 13th in the table with only one goal spread across those four defeats. It is Wanyama who will likely take the brunt of the blame after making a rash challenge on Alexander Tettey while on a yellow card. The tackle led to Wanyama's sending off in the 73rd minute with a second yellow. Just three minutes later, Tettey scored the only goal of the match that left Saints without a point from their trip to Carrow Road. In team news, Sadio Mane was benched just before game-time after arriving late to a pre-match meeting as the winger had to come on as a second-half sub.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 12:50 PM

Saints could not hold onto a 1-0 half-time lead, conceding two second-half goals to lose their fifth game in the last seven as they failed to build upon the momentum of a Boxing Day win against Arsenal.

On Saturday, Southampton put up four goals against the title favorites, more than the previous six games combined. But the scoring struggles continued against West Ham, relying on a Dusan Tadic strike that ended up being turned into an own goal in the 13th minute. Sadio Mane led the charge on the goal with a back-heeled pass across the pitch to Steven Davis, who threaded a pass to Shane Long down the wing. Long put a perfect ball across the box to Tadic, whose shot barely deflected off Carl Jenkinson for the goal. But without the injured Graziano Pelle, Southampton could not do anything else in the following 77 minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Shane Long scored a brace and Southampton undressed Arsenal 4-0 at St. Mary's to cost out the Boxing Day program.

It was exactly what the Saints needed after going six matches without a win. They bullied Arsenal all over the pitch and scored four goals as Arsenal dropped their opportunity to go top of the table.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 06:53:00 PM

Maarten Stekelenburg will miss his second consecutive match with a toe injury. Paulo Gazziniga will deputize for the Week 17 visit of Spurs.

The news at St. Mary's isn't good. The team has been doing poorly on the pitch and they will once again be without their first choice goalkeeper. To make things worse, Spurs will be coming back to full health with the trio of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele available at the same time for the first time in a few weeks. It's always dangerous to bet on big performances on the road but this looks like it's shaping up to be a big win for Spurs.
Source: Twitter.com
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:39:00 PM

Ronald Koeman revealed that Graziano Pelle wasn’t fit enough to start against Crystal Palace. The striker had been struggling with a niggling knee complaint during the build-up to the match.

Pelle was introduced from the bench after 67-minutes on Saturday but wasn’t able to influence the game as the Saints’ lost out to a single Yohan Cabaye strike. The Italian international will have an injection on Monday in the hope that the problem will be resolved although his involvement against Tottenham cannot be guaranteed. Pelle will miss (at least) two days of training, but if his knee does not respond as expected then Southampton will look to Shane Long to lead the attack once again. Maarten Stekelenburg missed out at Selhurst Park following a toe injury in training on Thursday. No update has been provided on his current status.
Source: Daily Echo
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Ronald Koeman has revealed that Victor Wanyama was forced off during Saturdays’ draw at home to Aston Villa after picking up an injury but Sadio Mane was a planned substitution.

The Southampton enforcer was one of two changes on the hour mark as Southampton pushed for an equaliser against the divisions’ bottom side. Initially believed to be a switch to offer more attacking impetus, Koeman confirmed after the final whistle. "Victor [was] struggling [a little bit] with his ankle" although the severity of the problem is not yet known. The Dutchman also said that he introduced Shane Long [in place of Sadio Mane] for the final 15 minutes because he wanted to "change [the game] a little bit" as the home side pushed for the winner. No mention of Maya Yoshida though, who was omitted from the match-day squad. However, the Japan international maybe paying the price for his poor performance at The Etihad as Cedric Soares returned to the back four.
Source: Daily Echo
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Victor Wanyama is questionable for Southampton's upcoming match after picking up an injury against Aston Villa.

Wanyama hurt his ankle and was "struggling" according to Ronald Koeman. The midfielder has struggled with ankle injuries before so it's definitely a concern and his status should be monitored going forward. He can safely be dropped all but the deepest of leagues.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 12:38:00 PM


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