Player News - Southampton

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Southampton were held to a scoreless draw at St Mary's on the opening day of the 2017/18 season.

Southampton dominated the first-half, creating a plethora of chances. Manolo Gabbiadini, who now hasn't found the net in nine competitive matches, hit the crossbar after just 90 seconds. Dusan Tadic was also culpable, missing the target from four yards while centre-back Maya Yoshida missed with both an acrobatic volley and a late header. JWP also saw a decent effort saved. The Swans on the other hand lacked creative spark and the finishing touch, with Llorente injured and Sigurdsson awaiting a move away. Tammy Abraham missed their best chance on 10', though overall they'll return to Wales happy with a point. Another scoreless draw for the Saints, though they looked much more attacking under Pellegrino than they had done under Claude Puel last term.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 12:24 PM

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk announced he has officially handed in his transfer request after a turbulent summer.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool after a stellar season for Saints that ended in injury last March. Despite tampering claims that originally saw the club drop out of the race for van Dijk, Liverpool is still considered the favorite to land the Dutch international if Southampton decides to sell. Said van Dijk in a statement: "I have been left frustrated by the club's position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed. The period of time that I have just spent injured and unable to play has put a number of things into perspective and made me realise just how important it is to take major opportunities should they arise."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 8 - 12:14 PM

Southampton finished off their preseason schedule by getting a 2-0 win over Sevilla at St. Mary's.

Pellegrino as good as confirmed that he will start the 2017/18 season with a 4231 formation when he deployed it against the Spanish giants and it worked early on as The Saints applied the pressure. However, their defensive frailties were exposed too with Forster twice forced into action to stop Muriel opening the scoring. It was Southampton's Italian, Manolo Gabbiadini, that was central to Southampton's attacks, taking a shot on 20' that forced Rico into a save and drilling a dangerous low cross through the six yard box which JWP barely missed. Redmond won Southampton a corner and Jack Stephens stuck them ahead with a deflected shot on 26'. Sevilla held possession and tested the Saintss discipline though they held firm, only looking shakey in set-piece scenarios. Stephens thought he had a second goal when he finished off a Gabbiadini free-kick though it was ruled offside. Gabbi eventually grabbed the second after Tadic and Davis combined to make space to cap off a good performance.
Aug 7 - 12:46 AM

Southampton are edging closer to signing Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina.

Lemina will become new boss Mauricio Pellegrino's second signing after acquiring Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan earlier in the transfer window. He is expected to arrive at St. Mary's within 48 hours to complete his medical. Southampton have fended off competition from Watford, Leicester, and Stoke to secure the signature of the Gabonese international and are expected to pay £18 million for the midfielder. Lemina was not part of the Juve squad which visited Wembley to play Spurs on Saturday. He is a defensively minded midfielder who will threaten the place of Steven Davis in the Saints' starting XI. His arrival is a further blow for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has failed to displace the Northern Irishman since arriving from Bayern in 2016.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 7 - 12:02 AM

Southampton had their first game back at St Mary's since the end of last season but there was nothing to celebrate about the result.

Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida, Jérémy Pied, Oriol Romeu and Charlie Austin retained their places from the previous match though a few second team players like Jan Bednarek, Targett and Hojbjerg started. JWP and ShLong had the best early chances, both of which were well repelled by Hitz. However, the Bundesliga side turned the tables and applied pressure, eventually scoring with a 30 yard piledriver on 35'. Soon after they doubled their lead with a header teed up by a cross from the left. Redmond hit the bar just before the break and JWP saw another effort saved after it though it was the Germans who scored again. This time, Koo outjumped everyone to nod home a cross from a free-kick and with ten to go, they got a fourth. Not a good day for Mauricio Pellegrino who has lots of work to do with just one pre-season game left before the PL season kicks-off.
Aug 2 - 10:54 PM

Southampton scored twice in a couple of minutes and Maya Yoshida nodded in late to seal a satisfying first victory for Mauricio Pellegrino as manager.

It was a near full strength XI for Southampton with Bertrand returning to his left-back slot for the first time this pre-season. However, it was the other starting full-back, Jeremy Pied, who started strongly, seeing the shot which completed a powerful run saved. Gabbiadini failed to add a finishing touch when a loose-ball fell to him before Pied again caused trouble, crossing for Yoshida who headed wide. Boufal saw a diving header created by Tadic from deep saved. Gabbi broke the deadlock with his head from a cross by Matt Targett, who had replaced Bertrand. Two minutes later, Targett again provided a dangerous cross, which Ward-Prowse finished into the foot of the net. JWP created the third with an out swinging corner late on, which Yoshida met after beating his opponents in the air.
Jul 31 - 10:19 PM

The Southern Daily Echo are reporting that Southampton hope that Virgil Van Dijk will drop his transfer demands and rejoin first team training this week.

As was reported previously, Van Dijk has been training away from the first-team squad, and did not travel with the team to France last week where the squad trained. Van Dijk previously told manager Mauricio Pellegrino that he wishes to leave the club, and thus the new boss left the Dutch pillar behind. However, with time having passed and no potential suitors having swooped in, the club now hope VVD will give up on angling for a move and instead settle down to train again. Regardless, Southampton have plans with or without the player, and it is expected that Yoshida and Stephens will be Pellegrino's starting pairing at CB when the PL kicks off. Van Dijk has not played since suffering an injury last season and his pre-season isolation will not have helped his match fitness. He has a chance to gain match fitness in the Saints' final two friendlies if he decides to return to the fold.
Jul 31 - 10:02 PM

Southampton drew 2-2 away to Brentford on Saturday as they continue their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming season.

The Saints started in a lively manner, creating the first opportunity from a corner by Dusan Tadic. The Serb's cross was met by the head of Charlie Austin, who failed to convert thanks to Brentford's 'keeper. At the other end, The Bees began to get a foothold in the encounter and they snatched the lead thanks to a cross from the right, converted by Vibe at point blank range. Southampton responded after the interval through Austin, who capitalised on confusion in the opposition defence to fashion a chance from 12 yards. Sam McQueen teed up Austin from the left for the frontman's second of the game. Late on, Fraser Forster was guilty of an error which handed the hosts a late equaliser. Many Southampton first-teamers played an hour in this game, and manager Mauricio Pellegrino is satisfied with their progress though indicated progress would be necessary in the next few weeks when the team train in France.
Jul 25 - 3:04 PM

Southampton captain and centre-back Virgil Van Dijk is training away from his teammates and has requested to leave the club, according to his manager.

"He is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100%," Pellegrino told the press. The Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the summer, though The Reds were forced to retract their interest after Southampton threatened to take action against their illegal approach for the player. While Southampton continually stress they will not sell the player, it's clear that Van Dijk sees it differently: "When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave," said Mauricio Pellegrino. "I need to work with a player that works at 100% to defend Southampton." The Argentine went on to say that he hopes VVD will "review his feelings."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 21 - 10:14 PM

Southampton announced a new contract for goalkeeper Fraser Forster to tie him down until the summer of 2022.

Just last summer, Forster signed a new contract through the 2021 season, but the club decided to offer him another long-term deal. The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the most reliable keepers in the Premier League after playing every minute of every match last season. Said director of football Les Reed: "We are extremely pleased to have strengthened our commitment with Fraser, who has been an integral part of our team over the past three seasons. He has already established himself as one of the leading keepers in the Premier League and, at 29, we believe he still has his best years ahead of him, not just for us but also the national team."
Jul 19 - 5:36 PM

Southampton commenced their pre-season preparations with a result that echoed last season's tedium - a 0-0 draw.

As most managers have done thus far this summer, Mauricio Pellegrino completely changed his side at half-time, sharing game time amongst his extended squad. They drew 0-0 with Swiss side St. Gallen, having spent a period prior training in Austria. One major name who did not feature at all was Virgil Van Dijk, who is slowly being reintroduced to full contact encounters. Ryan Bertrand was also kept aside as a precaution due to a minor hamstring injury. The Saints controlled the first half but still leaked chances, which were ably dealt with by Forster. Tella and Tadic had chances at the other end. In the second period, Alex McCarthy made two good saves to maintain the clean sheet while Long and Gabbiadini missed chances.
Jul 17 - 4:31 PM

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

Southampton's reserve goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga may leave the club this summer on a permanent basis.

The shotstopper, who is aged just 25 and approaching his prime years for a traditional 'keeper, is wanted by a number of clubs outside of England. Rayo Vallecano, whom he represented on loan last season, are keen to bring the Argentine back to Spain meanwhile French side Nantes are also waiting in the wings. Southampton are understood to be open to both another loan deal or a permanent switch. Gazzaniga has two years to run on his current contract with the Saints, meaning that this is Southampton's best chance to demand a transfer fee for the player as his value would drop substantially once he is within 12 months of his deal expiring. The player himself is understood to be seeking first team football and is not content to stay at the club as third choice behind Forster and McCarthy.
Jul 8 - 7:09 AM

Southampton striker Sam Gallagher has signed a new four year contract with the club.

The 21 year old was a twinkle of brightness in Blackburn Rovers' relegated side last season, netting 12 times as they former PL champions were relegated to League One. His fine form and clear potential hasn't been missed by Southampton's management who have offered Gallagher the new covenant. According to local outlet the Daily Echo, Gallagher will not be moving on loan again this term as he is seen as part of the first team's strikeforce, battling for game time with Gabbiadini, Austin and Shane Long. Saints chairman Les Reed said: "The experience Sam gained last season at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship was invaluable, and it was clear to see the further improvement that he made in his game...". He added that Gallagher "has many exciting years ahead of him, and that this is the ideal place for him to realise the great deal of potential that he still possesses."
Jul 5 - 3:16 PM

Southampton completed the signing of Polish centre-back Jan Bednarek at the start of this month.

The club shelled out £5 million ($6.4m) for the 21 year old, who arrives from Lech Poznan on a five year contract. Southampton had been looking to sign a new centre-back in the January transfer window to replace captain Jose Fonte after he moved to West Ham, though their efforts were unsuccessful up until this point. Bednarek has represented his country at all junior levels, most recently at the Under 21 Euros where he and his team had a number of disappointing performances. Bednarek won his place in Poznan's starting XI for the first time last season when he helped stem a five game winless run by scoring in a 2-1 win. He continued to impress as Lech finished 3rd in the league and made it to the Polish Cup final. Their defence was the league's tightest, conceding just 22 times. He was also deemed the 2016 ‘Discovery of the Season’ by a Polish football site. He is unlikely to start for Southampton in the short term but could blossom into an important first team player.
Jul 5 - 3:05 PM



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