Player News - Southampton

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Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic has claimed that his team are not mentally weak, though he admits that they are suffering from nerves in home games.

The Saints' home form is yet to show on upturn since Mauricio Pellegrino took charge, with just one win in five and few goals scored representing little change from the much-maligned reign of Claude Puel. The manager himself has called for extra aggression and speed against West Brom on Saturday to quieten the boo-boys at St. Mary's. "Sometimes we miss chances and then the opponents score the first goal and we become a bit nervous," explained Tadic. "This is may be one of the problems. I don't know really, but it's true when we're at home and away we need to be more aggressive and play much faster." The Serbian midfielder also spoke of his desire to give frustrated home fans something to cheer about from the first whistle as Southampton fans have continually criticised their side for pedestrian attempts to open opposition defences.
Oct 19 - 7:11 AM

Southampton used two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini to earn a point at home against Newcastle in a 2-2 draw.

Saints were forced to overcome two separate one-goal deficits after Newcastle struck first behind Isaac Hayden's goal, entering the half up 1-0. But Gabbiadini scored his first of the evening just four minutes after the break, latching onto a pass from Nathan Redmond and out-maneuvering his markers before a silky finish. But Newcastle answered back just two minutes later to retake the lead thanks to Ayoze Perez's effort. Gabbiadini would have his chance once again in the 75th minute when Shane Long was taken down inside the penalty area. The Italian stepped to the spot and smashed the ball into the top corner for the equalizer.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 15 - 1:03 PM

Southampton striker Shane Long may not be available to play against Newcastle United this weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international missed his country's crucial 1-0 win over Wales in WCQ which secured their place in the play-offs. He was sidelined with a hip complaint. Long as been a fixture in Southampton's starting XI in recent weeks as manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been tinkering in an effort to get his side scoring goals. The victim of his recent changes, Manolo Gabbiadini, is likely to be started this weekend should Long miss out. The Italian is yet to complete 90 minutes so far this season. Charlie Austin is also waiting in the wings for an opportunity, though he is yet to start a PL game under the new manager.
Oct 12 - 5:23 PM

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk said he holds no regrets over a transfer request, and could look to leave the club in January.

The Dutch international only recently returned to the starting lineup after holding out over a summer transfer. But before leaving for the international break, van Dijk said he will explore a potential move in the winter transfer window with Liverpool the likeliest destination: "I'm glad I'm fit again and that I can give the full 100 per cent. [But] I have no regrets. Of course, I wanted to take a step up but, eventually, Southampton did not want to let me go. I'm a professional, so now I'll give everything to the club. Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what's possible."
Source: FourFourTwo
Oct 3 - 10:55 AM

Mauricio Pellegrino has described Virgil Van Dijk's return to Premier League action for Southampton as "good news".

In spite of a few shaky moments, including conceding a first-half penalty which Saido Berahino missed, the manager was broadly happy with the Dutch centre-backs performance. "I think he was ok," he said. "It is not easy to come back after a long long way, a long period of time, and I think he was correct, focused, and the timing in some action was good." Based on Pellegrino's reaction and Van Dijk's overall contribution to the Southampton effort on Saturday, we can expect Van Dijk to begin to nail down one of the starting berths in the Saints defence from now on.
Oct 2 - 11:36 AM

Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida and captain Steven Davis have called out their teammates to improve their PL results.

After just 2 wins in their first 8 games, Southampton and their manager Mauricio Pellegrino are under pressure with much tougher waters to be negotiated after a run of straightforward fixtures after the international break. Yoshida, who netted a scrappy goal in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke last weekend said post match that "a goal is a goal but the most important thing is the three points today. But we couldn’t get them and we couldn’t play well. Perhaps we couldn’t get the points but we didn’t show our qualities either. That’s my frustration." After dominating possession and shots statistics, the Sainst failed to make their control translate to goals or even shots on target - an familiar issue. "We had a lot of possession but we didn’t make the most of it," said Davis. "It’s another frustrating one and we’re disappointed not to come away with anything"
Oct 2 - 11:25 AM

Southampton full-back Cedric Soares has stated that he believes full-backs are the key to Southampton turning their poor scoring record around.

As we have seen at Manchester City, Chelsea, and Spurs, overloads on the flanks are now critical to the build-up play in the Premier League. "We need to have attacking full backs because they can make the difference sometimes," commented Cedric. "All the teams we play are defensively organised and sometimes you need a man from the back to make up that extra man." He explained that it wasn't even all about crossing, as even the presence of player can create space by drawing a man. On a personal level, the Portuguese knows he needs to get more assists and get his first goal for Southampton. He added that he thinks the team are building momentum at the moment after a win vs Palace and a good second-half against Manchester United.
Sep 27 - 11:45 AM

Southampton got an early goal from Steven Davis and took advantage of a Crystal Palace side in disarray as the Saints pick up three points on the road in a 0-1 final.

The Saints have been struggling with their attack so far this season and the proof of it is that Davis is now the club's top scorer in the FPL format among midfielders and forwards. He celebrated his 200th appearance with Southampton by scoring the game's lone goal early on in the sixth minute. Dusan Tadic was able to slip through on the right flank and get a ball on target. Palace's keeper could only palm away into the path of Davis who tapped it in. The Saints cruised through the first half, mainly duew to a steady influence in midfield by Mario Lemina. Palace began to threaten in the second half, but Fraser Forster was not tested too much. Another storyline of note, Virgil van Dijk was named to the squad and got a cameo in the closing minutes as he looks to work his way back into a starting role.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 9:43 AM

Virgil Van Dijk was absent again with the Anfield flu and his Southampton teammates struggled again as Watford came to St. Mary's and won 2-0.

Southampton have struggled mightily going forward over the first four matches of the new season. Despite a possession advantage against Watford they could only manage a single shot on target. Heurelho Gomes was up to the challenge on that one and two long range goals from Marco Silva's men was all it took for the Saints to capitulate for the first time this season. Five points and four goals from four matches may not seem tragic but the Saints scored all three of their goals in their one win against hapless West Ham. Things could be looking a bit rough on the south coast between Bournemouth being winless and the Saints struggling early.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 9 - 1:35 PM

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that all of his players have returned from international duty with a clean bill of health.

Mario Lemina has returned from Africa, where he gave his country a huge boost by scoring the winner in a 2-1 for Gabon over the Ivory Coast, who had handed them a thrashing just days earlier. Shane Long and Dusan Tadic have returned without issues too after Serbia beat Long's Ireland in Dublin to all but confirm their own path to Russia but sending Ireland into murky uncertain waters with regard to their destiny. Matt Targett was also struggling last week but Pellegrino assured the press that he is now okay again. Good news for the Saints all round as they press to ignite a slow start to the season where they have struggled to impress.
Sep 7 - 5:09 PM

Southampton manager Virgil Van Dijk has confirmed that centre-back Virgil Van Dijk is back training with the first team.

Reports during the week had already announced the news but confirmation wasn't forthcoming until now. However, Van Dijk is not available for selection in GW4 as a summer training in isolation and looking to leave the club means his reintegration and return to fitness will take time. On that Pellegrino was vague, explaining that he will decide when the Dutchman returns to the field in the future. The manager was also unrepentant for holding the player at the club against his will, instead repeating what he had previous stated - that a "message" has been sent to all that the Saints "don't need to sell players" and instead that they have to "keep [their] best players to be more competitive". Pellegrino was also keen to highlight that "everything is normal" between the club and their defensive rock.
Sep 7 - 4:41 PM

According to local news outlet The Southern Daily Echo, Virgil Van Dijk's period training alone at Southampton has ended.

Van Dijk, 26, had been training alone, away from the club's first-team, since July when he announced his wish to leave the south coast outfit. However, moves by a number of top clubs were unsuccessful in spite of the Dutchman's transfer request and public statement on the issue. It appears that Van Dijk has been pragmatic when viewing his situation. He seems to have accepted that his career will stall if he didn't request reentry to the fold at Southampton and it seems Pellegrino has welcomed him back. The manager previously stated that he wanted players to be 100% committed to the Saints' cause if they were to be considered for match day squads and to train with the team. Van Dijk is now believed to be following his normal training programme alongside his teammates, though the manager will probably give a concrete update in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
Sep 6 - 1:30 AM

Southampton has confirmed a new three-year contract for center-back Maya Yoshida through the 2020 season.

After selling Jose Fonte last winter and seeing the Virgil van Dijk transfer saga play out, a new deal for Yoshida seems prudent. The Japanese international came up huge for Southampton last season, where he made 23 league appearances, and is now considered the cornerstone of the club's defense. "There was no reason to leave the club," he said. "I have been here for five years. In that time, I have had difficult moments, good moments – everything. I feel like it's my home and I'm very happy to continue my journey with Southampton. It's a new chapter for my career."
Aug 24 - 12:48 PM

Southampton crashed out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening after a 2-0 loss to Wolves at St. Mary's.

Wolves, who were not fielding many of their much-hyped new arrivals from Portugal, competed well with last season's finalists and were deserved victors. The first half featured little of import and the away side took the lead by heading in from a corner after the hour mark. They grabbed their second in the dying embers of normal time. Twice Jeremy Pied fired wide while McQueen saw one effort turned away by the goalkeeper but overall the Championship side were better. James Ward-Prowse started the game having been benched last weekend which does not bode well for his chances of starting in Gameweek 3.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 11:41 PM

Southampton striker Sam Gallagher has joined Birmingham City on-loan until the end of the season.

Mauricio Pellegrino has previously stated in pre-season that he expected the 21 year-old to provide competition for places up front for the senior side, but this is no longer going to be the case. Gallagher, who recently signed a four year contract, spent last season at Blackburn Rovers, where he found the net on 12 occasions. Gallagher is expected to have regular first-team football at Birmingham, who will be hoping to push for promotion this term.
Aug 23 - 10:29 AM



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