Player News - Southampton

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Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.

What a couple of weeks it has been for Clyne, who built on his two England caps during the international break with another fine performance and the equalising goal in the Monday night Premier League match. The right-back smashed home Ryan Bertrand's cross with just nine minutes remaining after Gabriel Agbonlahor had put Villa ahead in the first half after an error from Fraser Forster. The Saints were far from their best but dominated the second half, and their pressure finally told to provide Ronald Koeman's men a deserved point.

Dusan Tadic has shaken off a minor knock picked up over the international break and will be available for selection when Southampton take on Aston Villa Monday night.

There was never much concern over Tadic's status but now we know for certain he is all systems go. He remains a solid play in plus matchups despite a couple of quiet weeks. If you don't already own him though, there is no rush to run out and get him. The knock may see him play less than a full 90 minutes and the fixtures that follow are difficult enough to pass on buying now. If you already have him at a value though, trot him out.
Source: Telegraph
Nov 21 - 1:30 PM

Liverpool are rumored to be interested in Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Liverpool bought half of Southampton's roster last summer but apparently it wasn't enough. The club are now interested in Nathaniel Clyne, who recently made his England debut and has been simply fantastic this whole season. If history is any indication, Southampton will likely be willing to sell Clyne for the right fee. We would assume his value decreases in the case of a transfer as Liverpool's defense doesn't seem anywhere close to Southampton's at the moment.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 20 - 8:13 PM

Jay Rodriguez has suffered a small setback in his recovery from an ACL tear and had to undergo a second operation.

The Southampton forward went through a fairly routine second operation to aid his rehab following ACL reconstruction. He had initially hoped to return in December but the operation now delays his return to the new year, likely sometime in January. This is concerning for Southampton fans but ACL surgeries have gone a long ways and Rodriguez has a great chance of recovery. He has been out since April 5th.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 20 - 8:05 PM

Following a summer of discontent Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin may secretly be breathing a huge sigh of relief as chairman Ralph Krueger quashed any proposed move to Tottenham by announcing the Frenchman "is not for sale."

Fast forward three months and the Saints are sitting pretty in second spot while Spurs are languishing in the bottom half following a series of hugely disappointing defeats. However rather than sulk on the sidelines Schneiderlin has proved his worth with a string of excellent performances having already scored more goals this year [3] than in 5 of his previous 6 seasons. So the news that the midfielder is a doubt for this weekend is worrying having tweaked his groin against Albania for France. A scan confirmed a minor tear which forced his early return. The player will undergo further tests and treatment before the trip to Villa Park. England under-19 international Harrison Reed could step-up.
Nov 18 - 11:04 AM

Joe Hart will not travel to Scotland for England's qualifier so Fraser Forster and Ben Foster will battle it out for the starting job.

England boss Roy Hodgson announced Hart won't travel to Scotland and had earlier in the week said that once a goalkeeper is given a chance, he will likely get a few starts to show his abilities. Forster has been the better goalkeeper in the Premier League this season and has kept six clean sheets so far. We may be looking at a long-term change here.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 15 - 4:48 PM

Southampton left-back Nathaniel Clyne made an impressive international debut in England's 3-1 win over Slovenia.

The 23-year old was given a start and played very well throughout the entire match. He made runs down the left flank and looked dangerous creating chances. He was solid defensively and further cemented his reputation as a rising star. Expect to see more of him as he looks to have the job for now.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 15 - 4:40 PM

Steven Davis has been ruled out of Northern Ireland's match against Romania on Friday.

Davis is dealing with a hamstring issue and scans ruled him out of the match against Romania this week. He will be a huge miss for the Northern Ireland squad but remains hopeful he can return in week 12 of the Premier League. His status at the moment remains 50/50 and Jack Cork will likely come in if Davis can't make it back in time for week 12.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 13 - 9:13 PM

Steven Davis is still hopeful he can play some part in the upcoming Euro qualifying game against Romania on Friday after the Saints midfielder was replaced just before half-time during Saturdays’ win over Leicester City.

The Northern Ireland international has been in excellent form this season recently signing a contract extension which will tie him to Southampton until 2018 and following the superb start under Ronald Koeman Davis is keen to retain his place in the starting eleven. However initial reports suggest that his withdrawal was more of a precaution due to tightness in his hamstring and should Davis miss this weeks’ international then he should be fine for the following week when the Saints travel to Villa Park. Jack Cork or two goal hero Shane Long are options worthy of serious consideration if further tests reveal more serious damage for Steven Davis.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 11 - 5:45 AM

Shane Long made the most of his second half substitute appearance, scoring twice to break a goalless stalemate, and Southampton continue to fly high in the table with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Ronald Koeman seems to be doing everything right as the Saints look to be more deserving of a top four spot with each passing week. Today, he was given his usual attacking contributions from the likes of Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, but after 65 minutes, there still was no finishing product to be had. Enter Long. In the span of five minutes, he scored twice, first being teed up by Pelle then Victor Wanyama, giving Long his first two goals as a Saint in dramatic fashion. As if enough weren't already going their way, the Saints get to face an Aston Villa side next who will be without their top weapon Christian Benteke due to suspension.

Graziano Pelle can continue is fine start to the season with another goal as Southampton face Leicester.

A couple of weeks without a goal for Graziano Pelle has led to his price dropping down to an affordable level but the powerful Italian hasn't been playing poorly. Pelle was unlucky to strike the woodwork twice against Stoke in Week Nine and scored twice in the Capital One Cup last week, so we're confident his mini-dry spell in the Premier League will end this weekend as high-flying Southampton host nose-diving Leicester City.
Nov 7 - 6:26 AM

Victor Wanyama scored an unlikely goal from 40 yards out in the second minute and Southampton made that lead stand up for the rest of the match as they beat Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

Southampton are THE story of the season so far with their 10th win in their last eleven matches in all competitions. They have to consider themselves lucky this time around as a poor clearance from third string goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic gave Wanyama the chance to strike from long range with the net unguarded. Regardless of the outcome of the Manchester Derby tomorrow, the Saints will maintain their hold on second place for another week.
Nov 1 - 1:26 PM

Jose Fonte helped Southampton to another clean sheet today in their home match against Stoke City.

Southampton have the best defense in the Premier League, at least statistically, as they've only allowed five goals in nine matches. Second behind them is Chelsea, who've allowed eight goals, and everyone else is in the double digits. That is a huge jump between them and everyone else, so having at least one of their defenders is very helpful. The obvious choices are Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand, but the Jose Fonte has had a quietly strong season and is known to be able to score a goal or two. Use him with confidence going ahead.
Source: Livescore
Oct 25 - 2:42 PM

Sadio Mane scored to give Southampton a 1-0 win over Stoke City and take his team to second place in the standings.

The Saints played another spectacular match and this time it was Sadio Mane who took them to victory. The young winger scored from inside the penalty box on a rebound off of a Grazianno Pelle shot. Pelle was unlucky in this one as he hit the woodwork more than once. Dusan Tadic was by far their best player once again and almost scored himself but kept being denied. All three of the Saints attackers are great options as we go forward with this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 12:10 PM

Graziano Pelle added another brace Southampton's thrashing of Sunderland and will be the danger-man again as Stoke come to town.

Pelle must feel like he's walking on a cloud right now, making his international debut and scoring his first goal earlier this month, and grabbing six Premier League goals to help guide his new club to 3rd in the table. I wouldn't bet against the Italian continuing this excellent form at home to Stoke.
Oct 24 - 5:12 AM

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