Player News - Southampton

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Southampton comprehensively outplayed West Ham at the London stadium, heaping even more pressure on Slaven Bilic.

The 3-0 scoreline actually served to flatter West Ham, who were dreadful for long periods of the game, mustering a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. They sit in the relegation zone on 3 points. Charlie Austin opened the scoring with yet another goal, a left footer into the bottom corner after a Bertrand cut-back. Austin next put Tadic in one on one with a through ball, the Serb passed by Adrian without touching the ball. Ward-Prowse added a deserved third in injury time. If the Saints were as clinical as they should be, they could have had 7. Lanzini and Noble were particularly disappointing for the Irons, though Antonio and Payet also failed to influence the game too much.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 25 - 12:56 PM

Charlie Austin scored his 4th goal in 6 days over 3 games in Southampton's Capital One Cup victory over Crystal Palace.

Austin's goal serves as yet another reminder to manager Claude Puel of his top class finishing in a team who have lacked goals. Austin had been dropped last weekend for the Swansea match in spite of his midweek brace against Sparta Prague before coming on to score the winner. This time he scored a penalty to give his side the lead before Jake Hesketh doubled it with his first senior goal. Shane Long didn't score but was influential - Martin Kely conceded the penalty fouling Long, and Hesketh scored his goal from a rebounded Long shot. He also failed to apply enough power after rounding Hennessy too and saw his shot cleared off the line by Delaney.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 22 - 11:44 AM

Nathan Redmond is the principal offender in a Southampton team whose wasteful shots are dampening their chances of improving on last season's 6th place finish.

Redmond's 15 shots have mostly been speculative as have Dusan Tadic's. The Saints lead the league for the most shots from outside the box on 43. Shots from distance are notorious for their low likelihood of finding the net but instant internet virality when they do. These long shots translate to the club having the joint lowest expected goals (xG) per shot in the Premier League along with Burnley. Claude Puel needs to sort out this issue quickly if the Saints are to succeed, maybe a switch to Austin as a starter is necessary.
Sep 20 - 3:18 PM

Charlie Austin scored his second Premier League goal for Southampton ever to seal victory over Swansea. It was his first since the winner at Old Trafford nearly 9 months ago.

Austin latched onto a Tadic cross which deflected off defenders in the 64th minute to hammer it in past Fabianski to give the Saints a slender lead they never lost. The hosts definitely missed the best chances in the opening half. Redmond was clean through and failed to convert while Cedric was paralysed by indecision after getting a fantastic opportunity to pass or shoot in the box on the stroke of half time. Long was unlucky not to be given a goal which was wrongly adjudged to have been provided by an offside Redmond cross. Austin hit the bar soon after coming on before finding the breakthrough. Forster had little to do but make one late great save from Sigurdsson as the Saints won a deserved victory.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 18 - 11:13 AM

Charlie Austin struck two first half goals for the Saints as they got the better of Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

Claude Puel breathed a sigh of relief as he finally got his first competitive win since taking the reigns at St Mary's after the 5th attempt. It was Austin who was largely responsible for this win, even though he has been down the pecking order thus far this season. Austin scored an early penalty after a handball, preventing Tadic from taking his usual role. Austin later headed in from a Martina cross. He was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick with a goal ruled out for offside. Rodriguez added a 3rd in stoppage time.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 15 - 7:46 PM

Claude Puel found Arsenal's last minute penalty win 'difficult to take' but his strikers again failed to convert their chances.

Jay Rodriguez was frozen out by Arsenal's defence, receiving the ball only once in the box, his one shot went off target. Nathan Redmond was also poorly provided, with his shots being speculative and blocked. Long has the best opportunities after arriving on as a sub, but he spurned them, sending them off target and failing to put enough power into them. Arsenal's defence must be credited for limiting through balls for the pacey strikers, the Saints only managed one. However, their long shots and long ball strategy may need to be rethought.
Sep 12 - 10:01 AM

Anxious Southampton fans will have to wait until at least October to get their first look at record signing Sofiane Boufal.

The 22-year-old arrived at the end of August in a £17 million move from French side Lille, where he recorded 11 goals and five assists. But the Morocco international arrived at the club with a preexisting knee injury sustained in May. However, manager Claude Puel said the attacking midfielder is closing on a return: "Boufal has a little injury for the moment. He worked very well, every day, but now it's important he make good work with a strong knee. When he comes back with us he can play at a good level. I don't know [when he will be fit]. I think one month or more to get back to a good level."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 11 - 7:50 PM

It was a solid effort from Southampton but they couldn't hang on for a point at the Emirates.

The Saints were a problem for Arsenal last season and it looked like that might continue heading into stoppage time tied 1-1. The Saints got an own goal from Petr Cech who couldn't deal with Dusan Tadic's set piece. Arsenal answered through Laurent Koscielny. The Saints will feel aggrieved about the winner. Nacho Monreal clipped Shane Long's heel to win the ball back. The resulting attack ended in a penalty awarded to Arsenal and the final 2-1 result.
Sep 10 - 12:55 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel delivered positive injury news with the return of Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand.

Forster left international duty with England after suffering an arm injury in training prior to the side's World Cup qualifier with Slovakia—where he was replaced in the team by his backup at Southampton in Alex McCarthy. But Puel confirmed the goalkeeper has overcome the minor problem and will be ready to face Arsenal this weekend, along with Ryan Bertrand. Said Puel: I think it’s positive for Fraser and he looks ready to play. He will be okay for Saturday, no problem, so that’s positive. It was also interesting to see Alex McCarthy called up to the England team. It’s a good thing to have two goalkeepers with them."
Sep 8 - 6:15 PM

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand confirmed he is ready to make his season debut for the club after missing out with injury.

The former Chelsea left-back missed the first two games with a preseason injury and returned to the bench for the Week 3 matchup against Sunderland with Matt Targett starting the first three matches. But Bertrand confirmed that he is ready to start after building up strength during the international break: "You need games to get to full fitness, but I’m as fit as possible with the work that I have put in on the training ground over the last few weeks. It’s good to be back out there training and getting back up to fitness. Everything has gone well so far and I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pitch."
Sep 8 - 7:27 AM

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is expected to be available in game week four despite leaving the England camp through injury.

Forster was set to kick off the Three Lions World Cup campaign in goal against Slovakia on Sunday following Joe Hart’s recent fall from grace, but hopes of winning his 7th cap were quickly dashed after he injured his arm in training. However, initial reports emanating from St Marys’ suggest the problem is not serious and Forster should be ready to face Arsenal at the Emirates. His withdrawal from the England squad handed teammate Alex McCarthy an unexpected call-up; the former Crystal Palace stopper has not played in the Premier League for over five months, although he has represented his country at Under-21 level.
Source: Daily Echo
Sep 2 - 4:28 PM

The Saints have moved to replace Graziano Pelle with a record transfer for Lille's 22-year-old forward Sofiane Boufal.

Charlie Austin's knees are a huge question mark and Shane Long not exactly the sort of presence to take advantage of crosses from Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond. Given that situation, the arrival of Boufal, a young forward rated highly for a variety of skills including dribbling, passing, and set pieces. At 5'6", it is surprising that he is rated well for his heading - think of him as a poor man's Sergio Aguero in that regard. Given he is now the Saints record signing you can assume that he's going to be given every opportunity to start.
Aug 30 - 10:31 AM

Southampton's new record signing Sofiane Boufal is likely to cause major changes among Southampton's attacking unit.

The midfielder plays more forward than his position suggests, but is not a like for like replacement for Sadio Mane. Boufal tends to rely on his skill rather than his physical prowess to get past opposition players. He does however have a keen eye for goal, notching up 12 in 35 appearances last term. He plays on the left wing or in the no. 10 role and should replace Shane Long, Nathan Redmond or Charlie Austin for a place in the starting line up. Who he will replace is likely to be subject to many managerial experiments which will cause headaches for fantasy managers. Indeed, his arrival will create the chance for last weekend's goalscorer Jay Rodriguez to go out on loan. The Moroccan is currently recovering from a knee injury and is likely to be introduced to the team slowly to build both fitness and chemistry.
Source: Eurosport
Aug 29 - 9:43 AM

Southampton have signed a back-up keeper for Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy in the form of 35 year old veteran Stuart Taylor.

The former Arsenal, Man City and Reading man has arrived on a free transfer, having been released by his last club, Leeds United, in May of 2015. In spite of his age, Taylor is yet to make 100 senior appearances, having served as backup at every club he has played for. He is a Premier League winner from his time at Arsenal. He won a league winners' medal in 2001-02 having qualified for it with his 10th appearances as a sub in the 85th minute of the game. Taylor replaces Paolo Gazziniga who moved to Rayo Vallecano on loan, and Kelvin Davis who retired, at St. Mary's.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 28 - 7:49 PM

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


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