Why would Nathaniel Clyne leave Southampton for a ‘stepping stone’ club like Liverpool?

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Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

So that’s that then. Nathaniel Clyne plays two games for England, shows the rest of the country what Saints fans have been saying for two years, and immediately he is being coveted by Liverpool.

This is getting beyond a joke now isn’t it?

Does Brendan Rodgers not realise that there are other places he can look at players apart from St Mary’s and Wembley?

I’m hoping  Clyne has got his head screwed on and avoids any interest from the Reds like the plague, the evidence that he has is there, given that he turned down Manchester United for a regular starting berth with Southampton.

Liverpool’s massive overachieving of last season has come to a head with the loss of Luis Suarez and, despite spending the best part of £120 million, find themselves with Glen Johnson as a realistic selection…

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Southampton beating Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to Champions League place would be good for English football

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Shane Long scored twice for Southampton in the win over Leicester (Picture: Getty Images)

They think its all over…..but is it?

This is an odd situation for a Southampton fan to find themselves in. Our popularity that grew as we defied the summer predictions of doom and gloom has peaked and now it is on the wane. Plaudits from fans of other clubs have downgraded from ‘What Southampton are doing is brilliant’ to ‘Wow, how long can Saints keep this up for?’ to ‘Come on guys, you are taking the mick now’ in quick succession.

This is especially coming from the fans of clubs like Liverpool and Spurs, after all it is their coveted fourth place Champions League position that is under threat. The internet memes have changed from mockery at the player exodus to laughter at the expense of Brendan Rodgers to lists of the club’s next ten fixtures…

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Has anyone noticed that Southampton still exist?

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Shane Long celebrates his goal against Leicester City (Picture: Getty Images)

In the face of adversity football fans usually come into their own. Gallows humour sets in and the wit of the terraces deals with the issues of the day.

Once Shane Long had converted a wretched, sloppy 0-0 stalemate into another impressive victory for Southampton’s the Northam Stand made their point. ‘Where’s all our players gone’ was closely followed by ‘The Saints are staying up’ and then the real kick in the teeth for the Summer’s naysayers ‘We’re going to win the league’. St. Mary’s, in the pouring rain was jumping.

Perhaps though the next song in the repertoire should have been ‘We are Southampton, we don’t even exist’. Seemingly everyone in football bar Jose Mourinho is refusing to accept that right now Saints are title challengers. The headlines were all about Mourinho’s Chelsea extending their lead over Manchester City…

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Southampton v Leicester City: EA PPI Preview

Southampton have continued their charge at the top of the table, by yet again winning last weekend, away at Hull City. Southampton sit four points off Chelsea at the top of the league, and fans may well be starting to believe that they can genuinely push for a continental qualification spot. It is 1/8 with 888sport for Southampton to win against Leicester.

Morgan Schneiderlin has been extremely impressive in central midfield this season, and it is no wonder why he was highly coveted in the summer. The Frenchman has made the seventh most passes in the opposition half out of any player in the Premier League, with 330. In addition to this, Schneiderlin the most ground out of anyone in the league, averaging a distance of 12.21km per game, making him the only player to have averaged above 12km per game.

Victor Wanyama managed to get himself on the scoresheet for Southampton against Hull last weekend, and the midfielder has an impressive set of statistics to back up his goal. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Wanyama has completed 100% of the dribbles he has attempted so far this season (6). Wanyama has also completed 88.02% of his passes successfully this season.

Nathaniel Clyne was this week called up to the England squad, and on the basis of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index it is thoroughly deserved. The fullback has made the greatest number of successful tackles in the entire Premier League with 50. What is more impressive, is that in doing so, Clyne has only made five fouls, in comparison to those in second and third place who have made 25 and 20 fouls respectively.

Leicester have made the best start to the season of the promoted sides, however still sit in 18th place on nine points. The game against Southampton is set to be a tough challenge, but one that Nigel Pearson will believe he can come out of with a good result.

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Leicester have now been unable to score in their last three Premier League games and will be looking to Leonardo Ulloa to help end the drought. The forward started the season in scintillating form but has been unable to help Leicester in their last three games. Ulloa still boasts an impressive scoring record of a goal every 155 minutes, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Ulloa is 17/2 to score first with 888sport.

Wes Morgan has continued his impressive form at the back, despite the team’s form. The Leicester captain has now made 96 clearances, which is the fifth highest total of any Premier League player, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Morgan has also made 14 blocks which is the second greatest of any player in the division too.

Ritchie De Laet’s total of 36 successful tackles is the fifth highest total in the league according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Alongside Morgan, they will be hoping to solidify the defence further this weekend, in order to keep the attacking talent of Southampton at bay.

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How Southampton’s Markus Liebherr pavilion will be the foundation for future glory

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Southampton’s new facility will help bring through the next generation of players (Picture: Southampton FC)

Wednesday marked the opening of the new Markus Liebherr pavilion at Southampton’s Staplewood training ground, and I was lucky enough to receive a guided tour that evening.

The building has been a long term project, a product of the vision of the late Herr Liebherr and it’s naming is an understated tribute to a humble, understated man.

It is perfectly fitting that the centre of excellence that will oversee the progress of generations of future football stars is named after the man who oversaw the progression of this great football club.

When I got the message on Twitter that I was one of the lucky winners of the #SaintsJob competition I felt like Charlie Bucket tearing open his Wonka bar and revealing a ‘Golden Ticket’, it is rare that supporters get the chance to go behind…

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Great South Run Prizes: Winners Announced!

Well I did it, slowly and in a considerable amount of pain (Sorry Doc) but I got round the Great South Run and crossed the finish line.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. It really is appreciated and the money will be put to good use by the Saints Foundation!

As promised I have picked names at random (in one case there was only one entry!) and the following people have won these prizes:-

georgeweahscousin.com T-shirt:-

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The winner is…..

Mohammed Al-Talib! Congratulations!

Everton Ball:-

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The winner is…..

Natalie Harvey! Congratulations!

Southampton Ball:-

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The winner is…..

Sam McDonald! Congratulations!

All winners will be contacted by e-mail!

Thanks again to everyone who made a donation.

Chris

Savile Rogue Socks Competition Winner Announced!

Apologies for the delayed announcement, but the Savile Rogue Luxury Socks competition winner has been picked!

The #RogueSaint was of course…..

……Ecuadorian birthday whiner Agustin Delgado!

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Congratulations to @Mordwand who was picked at random from all those who tweeted the correct answer with the hashtag #RogueSaint!

You have won a pair of these luxury cashmere socks in Saints colours courtesy of Savile Rogue!

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Please contact @gwcdotcom via DM or e-mail chris@georgeweahscousin.com with your size and postal details.

Disappointment for everyone else I’m sure, but don’t worry…..

…..we are all winners here, and Savile Rogue have rewarded you all for your interest with a special georgeweahscousin.com discount code. Just use the promotional code “WEAH10” at checkout to receive 10% discount at their online store.

Thanks to everyone who took part!

Chris

 

Why Southampton’s rise isn’t that much of a fairy tale

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Southampton’s players celebrate another goal in their fine start to the season (Picture: AP)

Southampton are currently in their third consecutive season in the Premier League.

That’s already more time than they spent in League One back in 2009-2011, in fact of the last 36 seasons, they have spent just two season’s in the third tier, and 29 in the top flight,

So can we stop going on about it now?

Sure, the drop into League One was a wake up call for Saints fans, and really made us appreciate what we had perhaps taken for granted; but make no mistake, the return to the Premier League is no coincidence. This is a Premier League club and back where it belongs.

That doesn’t stop every reflective writer and journalist (I’ve done it myself) state with disbelief at the current position of the club ‘They used to be in League One…

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How Southampton found there is no Stoke without fire

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Sadio Mane celebrates scoring against Stoke City (Picture: Getty Images)

Not for the first time, one of my Southampton related blog posts that involves Stoke City, found itself the subject of a Potters’ fans forum.

Apparently when talking of their physicality and bending of the rules to win I was ‘talking rubbish’ and ‘picking on Stoke’ which really wasn’t the case. They chose to ignore the positive comments in the article about them being hard to beat and that people often ignore their ability to win football matches and unfortunately they seem to have developed a bit of a ‘victim complex’.

Let’s get this straight, I will condemn any player from any team for cheating if I think that is what they are doing (refer to the stick I gave Jack Wilshere not so long ago).

If you are a Stoke City fan then look away now, as nothing I saw…

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Southampton must be wary of Stoke City’s ‘win at all costs’ mentality

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Southampton will be hoping to follow last week’s 8-0 win with another victory (Picture: Getty)

When Victor Moses realised he couldn’t part the red sea that was the Swansea City defence last week, his dive to win a penalty was nothing short of scandalous.

In fact the scandal was three-fold, in that it was hard to decide which was the bigger disgrace; Moses for the tumble, referee Michael Oliver being fooled by it, or Mark Hughes for defending it. All three should be fined for bringing the game into disrepute, yet they won’t be. Swansea manager and ex-Saint Garry Monk, who merely stated the facts after the event, will be.

Something seems quite wrong there to me.

Ronald Koeman will need to be ready for the Potters’ ‘do anything to win’ attitude and not react to the antics that have gained them a bad name. It should come as no…

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