Player News - Southampton

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Southampton have struggled for goals this season, especially after Charlie Auston's long term shoulder injury.

The ire of many fantasy managers and fans has fallen on both Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez for failing to notch up more than five goals between them in 20 hours of football this season. However, the criticism can be perceived to be a tad unfair when you consider the heavy rotation that manager Claude Puel uses, which means neither striker is given a chance to gain momentum. JRod has started consecutive games once, after his Bournemouth brace he started against Spurs 10 days later. After failing to score against the league's best defence, he was benched. Long started consecutive games twice early in the season, but when he got his only league goal of the season against West Brom he was rewarded with being dropped. Puel fails to let his strikers build confidence that is crucial for goalscoring strikers, as well as for building chemistry with ball providers in midfield.
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Claude Puel is coming under increasing fire for his team selections since taking the job at St Mary's in the summer.

Puel has made a staggering 179 changes to his starting XI in his 31 games in charge this term. That works out at an average of six per game. While competing on four fronts, Puel has never once named the same team in consecutive matches. The lack of consistency has seen his team struggle for form all season, recently culminating in a disastrous run of four losses in a row. Now, if the Saints triumph over Norwich in their FA Cup replay in midweek, they face five matches in a fortnight. The five games contain a crucial league cup semi-final second leg and must-win league games to stop the rot there. However, Puel's extreme rotation policy means that any momentum gained through a win will be discarded in favour of fresh legs during the period which is bound to frustrate players and fans alike even more.
Jan 18 - 9:12 AM

Steven Davis will miss Wednesdays FA Cup replay against Norwich after failing to recover from the knock he picked up during the 1-0 win over Liverpool seven days ago.

Claude Puel confirmed prior to game week 21 that Davis was struggling and that he would face a late fitness test, but it now looks like the Northern Ireland international is set to miss his second game in succession due to an unspecified injury. The Saints are also without long-term absentees Alex McCarthy, Charlie Austin, Jake Hesketh, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied while Puel will check on defenders van Dijk and Bertrand who have "slight" issues. "We will see on some players who have some pain, like Virgil and Ryan. We will see this." Southampton were denied a win at Carrow Road on January 7 after Steven Naismith grabbed an injury time equaliser to force the replay.
Jan 18 - 7:30 AM

New Southampton full-back Jeremy Pied looks set for an extended period on the sidelines after revealing via social media that he requires knee surgery on his 'cruciate' ligament.

Pied arrived on a two-year deal from French side Nice in the summer but managed just 11 Premier League minutes as a substitute before suffering a training ground injury. The 27-year-old announced the setback via his personal Twitter account: "I can confirm the bad news for my knee - I need an operation. It's hard to digest but it's a trial to overcome. I'm determined to give all my energy to come back as soon as possible on the pitch." Pied is not expected to play again until the beginning of 2017/18.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 18 - 7:09 AM

Southampton are rumoured to be tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's Julian Korb as a potential signing.

The 24 year old is primarily a right-back, who could act as able cover for Cedric as summer signing Pied has been ruled out for the season. His versatility will also appeal to Claude Puel, as he can play as a centre-back. Korb has not been essential for Borussia this term, only starting 12 matches. The Saints are also rumoured to face competition from West Ham to land the signature of the German.
Source: HITC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:08 AM

Southampton manager Claude Puel confirmed captain Jose Fonte will not play this month while he sorts out his future.

Fonte submitted an official transfer request at the beginning of the month, leading to rumors of interest from Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham. But while the transfer window and speculation continues, Puel said he will not waver on his decision to bench the defender amid the rumors and talks over his future. Said the manager: "The situation for Jose is the same for the moment," said Puel. "I don’t comment on his possibilities with other clubs, but for the moment we stay with the same consideration about his situation. I prefer for Jose to stay out the team, to leave him to give him an opportunity and for us to stay focused on the players available in the team." In his absence, Maya Yoshida has filled in along the back-line and will likely continue to do so until the end of the month with little cover at center-back.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 15 - 2:55 PM

Southampton's drew 2-2 with Norwich in the FA Cup third round at the weekend, and the tie will now go to a replay on Wednesday January 18th.

Centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Maya Yoshida struck for the Saints in a frustrating result. The replay and potential 4th round tie if they are victorious means that the Saints could now end up playing 9 games this month given their additional EFL Cup semi-final and league commitments. The equaliser by Steven Naismith in added time was typical of Southampton's season to date, which has been filled with disappointment and glimmers of false hope. The side are currently on a streak of 3 consecutive losses in the league and manager Claude Puel faces the challenge of rallying his side ahead of Wednesday's League Cup semi-final with The Reds.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 9 - 1:23 PM

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request to manager Claude Puel.

Fonte, who has been at the club since 2010, rejected the offer of a new contract by the club to extend his stay beyond 2018. Fonte was excluded by Puel from the FA Cup draw with Norwich at the weekend and the manager has confirmed that the club's captain will not feature in the midweek EFL Cup semi-final with Liverpool. Puel cited the saga as a distraction for the team but was not drawn on future moves for replacements or potential destinations for his frustrated player.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 9 - 1:11 PM

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal has been ruled out of the African Cup of Nations with a knee injury.

He had been named in Morocco's 23 man squad but is no back at Southampton and unable to take part in the tournament which starts on January 14th. Manager Claude Puel expects that the player will recover from the inflammation of his knee in a matter of weeks, and he could be back as soon as GW22 to play Leicester.
Jan 9 - 1:05 PM

Southampton right-back Cedric Soares was forced off early on in Monday's 3-0 defeat to Everton but his injury is not major.

The Portugal international was forced off after just 6 minutes in the tie after colliding with the advertising hoardings. He hit them after a challenge from the Toffees' left-back Leighton Baines. Given manager Claude Puel's prognosis, it is unlikely that Soares will miss any league games due to this setback.
Jan 3 - 12:02 PM

Southampton couldn't hold onto a lead at home, losing its second home match in as many games in a 2-1 loss to West Brom.

Saints have struggled to score goals of late at the St Mary's with Charlie Austin recovering from a long-term injury, only managing four goals in their last six home matches. Shane Long got on the board for Southampton in the 41st minute to take a 1-0 lead, which lasted all of two minutes as the Baggies equalized just before half-time. The Southampton defense had no answer for Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu, who each recorded a goal and assist. To make matters worse, Virgil van Dijk picked up his second yellow card of the match in the 89th, meaning he will miss the clubs upcoming match with Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has confirmed that the club will not appeal Nathan Redmond's red card from GW18's 1-4 defeat to Spurs.

After the game, Puel had expressed doubt in Mike Dean's decision over Redmond's supposed foul on Dele Alli. However, he has no stated that the club will not bid to overturn Redmond's ban for the upcoming clash with West Brom on Saturday. Redmond will be back in the Saints side for Monday's clash with Everton as the team hope to bounce back from their major setback and overcome fixture congestion.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Despite an early goal by Virgil Van Dijk, Nathan Redmond was sent off in the 57th minute and Southampton were defeated 4-1 by Tottenham at St Mary's on Wednesday.

The Saints got off to a brilliant start when Van Dijk headed home a James Ward-Prowse set-piece to put the home side ahead after just 69 seconds. However, Spurs answered with a pair of headed goals. Dele Alli was first to strike and level match on 19 minutes, while Harry Kane rose on a corner to give visitors the lead on 52nd minute. Minutes after falling behind things got even worse as Nathan Redmond brought down Alli in the box and as a result was sent off, after he was adjudged to have been the last defender. While Kane missed the ensuing penalty, there was no comeback to be found as Spurs added a pair of late goals to seal the final scoreline at 4-1. The result leaves Southampton in eighth and without Redmond for Saturday's match with West Brom.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Southampton's defensive midfielder Jordy Clasie has been ruled out of the forthcoming festive fixtures after picking up a groin injury.

The Dutchman is expected to miss the upcoming clashes with Tottenham, West Brom and Everton. He had been enjoying unusually high success going forward in recent weeks scoring against Arsenal and assisting Jay Rodriguez for one of his efforts against Bournemouth. Oriol Romeu is available again after suspension and can be almost guaranteed a lot of game time in the absence of Clasie over the next 10 days.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:14:00 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has dismissed reports of a major falling out with centre back Jose Fonte.

Thirty-two year old Fonte has been the focus of media attention in recent weeks over contract negotiations which have not reached a successful conclusion. The Portuguese international was left out of the starting XI for Bournemouth in GW17 having started the previous two games and appeared to have a clash of opinions with Puel pitch-side before kick-off. However, the manager has rubbished rumours of a fallout instead explaining that his captain understood that he was out of the team because of a rotation strategy Puel is deploying to tackle the club's current fixture congestion.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 03:28:00 PM



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