Player News - Southampton

Date: Team: Pos:

Southampton forward Emmanuel Mayuka leaves the club after disappointing three years.

Mayuka joined the Saints in 2012 but has failed to score a league goal in his time at the club. The striker is now headed to Metz on a three-year-deal and he can safely be dropped in all fantasy leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 4:02 PM

Southampton have signed goalkeeper Harry Lewis from Shrewsbury.

The 17-year-old joins a side that's currently struggling at the goalkeeper position but is unlikely to get first team action right away. Despite Maarten Stekelenburg's struggles early on in the season, Lewis will probably play with the U21s for now as he works his way into the first team. He holds no fantasy value at the moment.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 1:51 PM

Southampton kept a clean sheet with ease today as they only allowed Norwich to get six shots off.

Norwich were down to 10 men midway through the first half and that was part of the reason they couldn't get anything going against the Saints, but Southampton were brilliant in defense and did well to only allow six shots. Out of the six, only one was on target, and it was easily saved by Stekelenburg. Southampton's defense seems to be getting back on track and we feel now is a good time to invest, especially with Ryan Bertrand coming back soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 12:50 PM

Sadio Mane was fantastic in Southampton's 3-0 win over Norwich today.

The midfielder was only credited with two assists but he was at the heart of all three Southampton goals today deserves as much credit as anyone on that squad. Mane created five chances on the day and attempted seven crosses, to go along with his two shots on target. He seemed healthy and rested after missing the Saints' midweek clash with a knock, and he seems primed for a huge season ahead. Buy low on him if you can, as some seem to be down on him at the moment.
Source: EPL Stat Man
Aug 30 - 12:14 PM

Southampton finally gave in a good display this season, defeating 10-man Norwich 3-0 at home.

Dusan Tadic re-entered the starting XI today and was instrumental in the win. He scored twice in the second half to secure the game, after Graziano Pelle scored at the end of the first to open things up. Sadio Mane also played really well today, getting two assists on top of two shots on goal and seven crosses. Southampton are now in 10th place with five points from their first four matches.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 10:51 AM

Dusan Tadic started out the season well in fantasy but not well enough to keep his place in the starting line-up as he sits on the bench again in Denmark.

Southampton have been leaking goals this season and Ronald Koeman's reaction has been moving to a five man defense with Targett, Caulker, Fonte, Yoshida and Martina starting against Midtjylland with Romeu in front of them. That has meant that Tadic has been left on the bench for a third consecutive match after being yanked at halftime against Everton in Week 2. It may be that Tadic returns to the line-up once Jordy Clasie is available but we may be back to the second half of last season where Tadic was not a reliable starter.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 27 - 2:49 PM

Victor Wanyama will miss Thursday's clash versus FC Midtjylland and is questionable for the weekend due to an illness.

Wanyama is fully ruled out for tomorrow's match amidst rumors of him leaving Southampton and many believe the two are related. That could certainly be the case but Ronald Koeman has ruled out any more transfers so we'll have to assume Wanyama is a Southampton player until we know otherwise. Check back on his status for the weekend on Friday.
Aug 26 - 4:54 PM

Sadio Mane is a slight doubt for Southampton's match against Midtjylland on Thursday.

The Saints need their star midfielder in the lineup as they need to win or get a draw higher than 1-1 in order to advance to the next round. Mane was banged up badly this past weekend with several heavy knocks, including what some suggested a concussion. Him being a doubt for Thursday has led to further speculation about a potential move to Manchester United, but Ronald Koeman has suggested Mane is not for sale and we'll have to wait and see if anything further develops.
Aug 26 - 4:37 PM

Sadio Mane endured a particularly bruising 25-minute spell at Vicarage Road on Sunday before injury forced his withdrawal.

Mane was replaced after taking a heavy knock to the hip which the Senegalese star was unable to shake off. However post-match Ronald Koeman revealed "It looks not so bad, but we’ll have to wait. He was not good enough to continue. I hope that we will have everybody available for Thursday [Europa League], Sadio as well." Mane along with teammate Victor Wanyama are the subject of increased transfer speculation with Manchester United and Tottenham believed to be keen on signing the duo although Koeman reiterated his stance "Listen, there is no bid for any player. Not for Wanyama, not for Sadio, not anyone. For every player that we like to stay, they have to stay [they are] not for sale."
Aug 24 - 11:03 AM

Graziano Pelle put a high drive toward the top corner of the Watford goal but it was well saved by Heurelho Gomes to preserve the nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road.

Southampton took a decidedly defensive approach to their meeting with Watford deploying three center backs - Fonte, Caulker and Yoshida - and two wing backs - Targett and Cedric after conceding five goals in their first two Premier League matches. The result was a tightening up of the defense but a lack of scoring for the second week running. Pelle came close early in the second half but with Sadio Mane removed early for a mild concussion and Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse both on the bench the Saints struggled to mount an effective attack. Back to the drawing board for Ronald Koeman.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 23 - 2:39 PM

Jay Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot in Southampton's 1-1 draw against Midtjylland.

The Southampton forward slotted in from a penalty to draw the match and give the Saints a chance at winning this match-up. They will have to go away from home and earn a win to go through, and that will prove difficult but not impossible. Rodriguez could start again this weekend but is not a sure option at this time.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 20 - 11:03 PM

Ronald Koeman claimed that Southampton will not sell any more players this transfer window.

There are rumors that Manchester United have inquired about Southampton forward/midfielder Sadio Mane. Mane has been one of Southampton's best players in the past year and it seems Koeman sees that as well. Koeman is confident that the club won't see any more players this month and that should bode well for Mane's fantasy owners.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 20 - 9:29 PM

Shane Long started for Southampton in place of Jay Rodriguez in week two.

Jay Rodriguez made his anticipated return from injury in week one and was a bit rusty in his hour on the pitch. Ronald Koeman decided that he'll start Shane Long in week two, but Long wasn't much better in an overall poor game by Southampton. There is definitely some uncertainty in the position going forward and both players are a risk in fantasy games. Rodriguez likely has a bigger ceiling on the season and should be the preferred player to own in draft leagues.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 17 - 11:14 AM

Southampton have ramped up their search for a defender after conceding five goals in the first two matches.

The Saints did not look good in the back this past weekend and they are searching to strengthen their back line. Matt Targett was ill and not at 100% and that was cited as one of the big issues by Ronald Koeman, but the problems go beyond Targett. The Saints had trouble closing down on the flanks and clearly missed Morgan Schneiderlin from midfield. They need to sign a new defender soon and hope to get Ryan Bertrand back healthy in a few weeks. The return of Jordy Clasie in midfield should also help in replacing Schneiderlin.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 17 - 10:58 AM

The Southampton side that impressed so well in preseason and in early Europa action find themselves on only one point after two games with a 0-2 defeat to Everton today.

Despite going without a goal on the day, the issue with the Saints is clearly not the attack. The goals will surely come. What is alarming is their defending at the moment. They desperately need Ryan Bertrand back. Maya Yoshida is no Toby Alderweireld and Cedric is clearly showing growing pains in spite of his attractive attacking displays. Above all though, the rock of Morgan Schneiderlin is vastly missed and it is not helping that Jordy Clasie's leage career has started in the physio room. Southampton will look for answers ahead next week's trip to Watford. What was once looking like a lucrative fantasy matchup is now anyone's guess.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 15 - 9:52 AM


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