Player News - Southampton

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Southampton continued its undefeated start to the Premier League season under Claude Puel with a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

Saints went down late after captain Jose Fonte gave up a late penalty by bringing down Jermain Defoe in the box–Defoe then went on to convert the penalty in the 80th minute. But Jay Rodriguez responded to rumors of a season-long loan to West Bromwich Abion, by coming on as a second-half substitute after nearly two years out with injury to score his first goal of the season just 11 minutes later after taking a las from James Ward-Prowse and burying the chance past Jordan Pickford to seal the 1-1 draw.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 12:01 PM

West Bromwich Albion is reportedly closing in on a season-long loan move for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez this week.

The 27-year-old forward spent much of last season recovering from a serious knee injury as well as the entire 2014/15 season after a breakthrough year in 2013/14 that saw him score 15 goals and earn a call-up into the England national team. Despite fully recovering from his injuries, there seems to be no place for Rodriguez in Claude Puel's first team as Saints are open to a loan move. Tony Pulis' West Brom has been actively searching for attacking options and is in talks to take Rodriguez on loan, which could spell the end for Saido Berahino.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 23 - 5:50 AM

Oriol Romeu went off injured early and his absence worsened Southampton's issue at the base of midfield as they capitulated 2-0 at Old Trafford.

The Saints had to be looking longingly across the pitch where their former midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin sat as an unused substitute for Manchester United. The Saints have lost key player after key player over the past few summers and it looks like it might be catching up to them as Jordy Classie struggled to deputize for the injured Romeu. Classie was culpable in United's second goal conceding a needless penalty to Luke Shaw at the edge of the box. Losing Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Mane, Lallana, Lovern, Clyne, and Pelle over the past two summers looks like it might just be too much.
Aug 19 - 5:01 PM

Gaston Ramirez will look to build of a strong match versus Stoke City this weekend, the midfielder recorded an assist on Alvaro Negredo's first goal for Boro.

The 25-year-old midfielder was stellar while on loan from Southampton last season. In the Championship, he scored 7 goals and added 4 assists in just 18 matches, while the second match of this season presents a Sunderland side that enters on the heels of 1-2 lose to Manchester City. If Negredo is able to extend his scoring streak, it is likely Ramirez who will be responsible for creating the chance and tallying the assist.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 8:03 PM

Dusan Tadic's display last weekend again cemented his place among the best of the Premier League's midfielders.

Southampton may have been disappointed with only taking a point away from their match with Watford last weekend but their Serbian playmaker certainly wasn't to blame. He created multiple chances for his teammates both within and on the edge of the box in central positions totalling six in all. On top of that, he outlined his potential to fantasy football managers further by receiving the ball in wide positions in the box on 6 occasion and through 4 long shots on goal, 2 of which were saved. In the official PL game, his 7.5 price tag is sure to transpire to be a steal over the season and he should be considered in other formats too.
Source: FourFourTwo
Aug 18 - 6:23 PM

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
Aug 18 - 5:57 PM

Southampton boss Claude Puel has said that Portuguese defender Jose Fonte is challenging for a first team place in Friday evening's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In his pre match press conference, the new manager confirmed that the club have a clean bill of health except for Ryan Bertrand. He added that Saints' skipper Fonte, who was a substitute in last weekend’s draw with Watford, is challenging Maya Yoshida and Virgil Van Dijk to win his place back in the team. The European Championship winner reported back to the club late in the summer after he was given an extended break due to his exploits in France.
Aug 17 - 4:03 PM

Southampton’s new summer signing scored on his competitive debut in the 1-1 draw with Watford and stats suggest he may be able to replicate this in the coming weeks.

After moving from Norwich, Saints’ manager Claude Puel switched the pacey English starlet in from the wing to a more central role during preseason with impressive results last weekend. Redmond had 5 shots with 2 on target, one of which he scored and the other drew a fantastic save from Gomes. Redmond also put the ball in the net a second time with a neat finish but the last gasp goal was soon ruled out for offside – this was the only time he was penalised for straying beyond the last defender. The U-21 international was also one of the most creative Southampton players. He made four key passes which was only surpassed by maestro Dusan Tadic who made 6. If Redmond can continue to shine in his new role, he will become a must have for all fantasy managers and drastically limit the game time of either Charlie Austin or Shane Long this season.
Aug 17 - 8:28 AM

The 21-year-old defender has moved from Southampton to League 1 side Coventry City on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

Turnbull is familiar with League 1 having spent last season on loan at Swindow Town. The transfer comes after coach Claude Puel handed him two appearance for the first-team during the pre-season.
Aug 15 - 10:58 PM

Lost in the buildup to the start of the Premier League season this past weekend was the news that Dusan Tadic has signed a new contract.

The 27-year-old has signed a four-year contract to remain at the club through the 2021 season after a breakout campaign last season that featured eight goals and 13 assists. The move is a massive step in the right direction for Saints after losing key starters Graziano Pelle, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane this year in big summer transfers. Said Tadic: "I am really happy that I have signed a new contract. The club showed a lot of effort to keep me. There were also other possibilities, but we recognized that the best is that I stay in Southampton, and I want to mention they put in a lot of effort for that, and I appreciate that."
Aug 15 - 3:52 AM

It was Nathan Redmond to the rescue as the debutant scored to save his new club blushes in a match they dominated statistically.

Redmond, tipped by many for a breakout season with more talent around him at Southampton, was the hero as his 58th minute goal salvaged a draw for his new club. It should have been more as the Saints had 66% of the possession.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 13 - 12:15 PM

Ryan Bertrand has been ruled out of Southampton's Premier League opener against Watford due to injury.

"Ryan Bertrand, he cannot play this game. We will see for the next game," coach Claude Puel told Southampton's official YouTube channel, ruling the left-back out of Saturday's match versus Watford and conveying uncertainty in regards to the prospect of him featuring against Manchester United next week. While the club did not reveal what the injury was or provide a timeline for his return, it is likely that 20-year-old Matthew Targett will be called upon to to take the place of the English international.
Source: SaintsFC
Aug 11 - 11:48 AM

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
Aug 7 - 12:19 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
Aug 4 - 9:03 PM

Southampton have brought in right-back Jeremy Pied from Nice.

The Saints have strenghthened their squad further by bringing in defender Jeremy Pied. Pied is a 26-year-old right back who has plenty of experience under new Saints boss Claude Puel. He has played under him at both Lyon and Nice. Pied is expected to start at right-back and will be a solid pick-up in fantasy leagues for cheap.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 4 - 8:35 PM


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