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Pick of the bunch

We have another new manager who is already dividing opinion despite not yet even overseeing his first training session. There will be countless debates between now and the start of next season over the appointment, and I'd rather this article didn't descend into more of the same. Because I'd like to provoke a bit of to-and-fro over another hot topic. Namely, the possibility of Pochettino bringing one/some of his former charges with him along for the White Hart Lane ride. 

It's taken for granted in that a manger switching clubs will be keen to make the leap accompanied by players who he knows, likes, and trusts from his former club. And it could be argued that Southampton currently have on their books players who would improve/add fresh dimensions to our defence, midfield, and attack. So with that in mind, I'm just going to point out the likely candidates and give my own opinion(s)

Luke Shaw - Probably going to be second choice LB for England at this World Cup, but a likely first choice for the foreseeable future. Has all the ingredients at an incredibly young age, and a frightening potential for improvement. We would not be in pole position to nick him, and we would certainly not be able to compete finincially should a bidding war ensue. Would I take him? In a heartbeat! Can I see it happening? Unfortunately not. 

Adam Lallana - Waited until the age of 26 to have his breakthrough season. At that age, it is often said that midfielders are entering their prime, and a (fully deserved) call up to Englands World Cup squad confirms his qualities. For me though, despite being able/comfortable working and coming off the flanks, he is very much an attacking CM. An area in which we already have numbers. Eriksen for me is just as good. But if we can find buyers at fair prices for any of Siggy/Holtby/Chadli then I would take a punt. Although I feel the price being bandied around of £25 million is far too steep. Maybe Danny Boy could pull a flanker and go in at say £15 mil plus one of the above? 

Jay Rodriguez - Probably the one that intrigues and piques my interest the most. Looked a shoe-in for yet another World Cup berth. Adept at playing anywhere across a front 3, with great feet (yes, 2 of them!!), a decent turn of pace, great football intelligence, and a real rocket of a shot on him. Would probably cost less than the two players previously mentioned, while offering more in terms of adaptability and usefulness squad-wise. Again, if we could get in with a low-end bid of say £5 mil plus any of Siggy/Holtby/Chadli then this for me would be a bit of a coup. 

 Lovren/Nathaniel Clyne/Calum Chambers - I've lumped these three in together, as their arrivals would depend on departures. Lovren and Clyne would certainly expect to be first-choice at any new club. This would mean demoting/saying goodbye to some of our own established first-teamers. Clyne vs. Walker? Much of a much-ness. Both look infinitely better going forward than defending, but with electric pace to dig them out of some/most of their forays up the wing. 

I'm undecided. Chambers may be more content to be part of a large squad rotation. He's already behind Clyne in the pecking order at Saints, and with us competing on 4 fronts he would probably see more game-time with us. A cheeky couple of mil plus Naughton maybe? 

I wanted Lovren last year. His price will have probably doubled, but for me would be awesome alongside Verts. If we can get good prices for Dawson/Kaboul, then he's a step-up in quality and age. 

Other names will crop up I'm sure. Schneiderlin shows good qualities and is already being linked with many clubs at home and abroad. Lambert (if Liverpool falls through) would be a cheap-ish option for those clubs who are a striker short. Ward-Prowse has potential aplenty. 

You may have suggestions that I've totally missed/forgotten, and as always I welcome the chance to be educated. Anyway, as always, come on you beautiful Spurs!!!

Written by LilyWhiteHart 

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Writer:LilyWhiteHart 
Date:Friday May 30 2014
Time: 4:30AM

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First thing we need is to get a left back!
jvd
30/05/2014 04:48:00
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Overpriced but, Luke Shaw is the only one for me. The only one we actually need. I'm not sure about Lovren partnering Jan, as may be it's Jan that needs replacing. (Is Lovren left or right-sided)? If I was Pochetinno looking in at Spurs from his former club I wouldn't be very impressed with Jan's lack of speed or effort.
MAN ON!
30/05/2014 05:14:00
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I'd be interested to know how many of you have watched Southampton on a regular basis, for the past couple of seasons? Personally, I watched them twice last season, over the two matches against Spurs and, for a few minutes, here and there, of highlights on MOTD. So, thinking about it, I don't actually think I'm really qualified to judge any of their players, without any real in-depth knowledge of them. I did see Shaw play his one and only England senior match. (One half of a friendly against Denmark). He looked good. He has had only 2 full seasons in the PL and is only 18, so, may be I'm not even sure about him. Is it the hype I'm falling for? I've actually got no idea about MP as a coach really, after only 1 and a bit seasons. May be I should shut up as I obviously haven't a clue! I'm wasting yours and my time really. ;-)
MAN ON!
30/05/2014 05:34:00
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I do know that defensively, Southampton didn't fair much better than Spurs last season and up front managed just one more goal. Oh well. May be should look elsewhere for improvements.....
MAN ON!
30/05/2014 05:45:00
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Ben Davies. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
30/05/2014 07:48:00
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WOW!!! Impressed Man On! 3 postings out of the first 4! Embarrassed ? You wear it well....
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 07:50:00
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Is it just me, or does anyone else think Luke shaw is a good footballer, but seems a bit over rated in the grand scheme of things, probably because he's British! We need cover there, yeah, but let's not spend 30m on an 18 year old. We could easily get ceontreau (sp) or the like for that. Hopefully pochettino can do his Magog and get our left side sorted long term through the youth! But for now the lad from Madrid and kolyplanka(sp) will do for now as mentors to fryers and mcevoy!
Dublin Hotspur
30/05/2014 07:52:00
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He'll, if we want English we could prise baines from Everton for that money!
Dublin Hotspur
30/05/2014 07:54:00
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Dublin, too much too soon for Shaw ? He looks good though ....it's I tearing though all this talk of players following their managers ... The flavour of the month had only one following him out of Swansea and Martinez also had just one follower ... For me, I'd be content with Rodriguez for LB; the Belgian guy from AM (keep forgetting the name, help me out here Cider!) and Konoplayanka. If Solly leaves I'd welcome Lukaku .... I'd be happy. As Man Onsays Soton weren't all that, were they ?
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:08:00
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Highgate, I think it is toby alderweireld, the Belgian guy you are refering too.
Kong
30/05/2014 08:12:00
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The defender from Atletico - Toby Alderweireld.
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:13:00
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I think paying over £20m for Shaw would be too much but if Man U have supposedly bid £27m then that is way to high for us. The plus is he is only 18 so will have that left back spot for years, don't think we will get him though.
Kong
30/05/2014 08:14:00
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I think we should be quite excited. We have one of the best scouts in the business and Poch seems to have a good eye on players. I'm hoping we will see some gems entering WHL that are not necessarily house hold names but will fit in nicely into the squad. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
30/05/2014 08:14:00
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I am like Man On, I have not seen much of the Southampton players to make a judgement so if we do buy any of them then like our manager it will be interesting to see how they fit in.
Kong
30/05/2014 08:16:00
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Thanks Kong - posted simultaneously I think !!! All that research ...
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:16:00
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Yes highgate, was very tough researching that :).
Kong
30/05/2014 08:17:00
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I think most of the hype surrounding Southampton players is based on the fact most are English! This comes at a cost though, which explains their ridiculously high price tags.

For me personally I'd only look into Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse and Lovren, mainly because these look the sort of players that will at least generate a sell on profit if they don't live up to their potential in Spurs colours.

Sure Lallana and Shaw look awesome from time to time but you're looking at 50m for the both if the media figures are accurate. Do Spurs have that kind of money to throw around yet another season? Could that money be better spent elsewhere on players of the same calibre / better with change? Perhaps..
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 08:19:00
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Dublin, news to warm those cockles ... Those gurus of football of Talksports - Brazil and Warnock can't see why Pochettino was appointed ... They see no difference between him and the unqualified one. Guess we won't see much of them at WHL next year !!! LOL!!
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:19:00
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Speaking of transfers, does anyone know much about the Milan players we're linked with as of late? ST and CB if I remember correctly.
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 08:21:00
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was it Lovren that had an absolute mare against us? Was getting so rattled I thought he'd get sent off...not sure about him on the turn...we might end up with a direct daws replacement there......Shaw yes...but we won't spend the money required. Rodriguez is a guy I suggested ages ago and I prefaced it with...'I might get it in spades' he has progressed, I really like the player but his recent elevation and that Saints will have likely sold Lambert, Shaw and Lallana before him means they won't need money, he won't be cheap and he'd get more time playing through middle by staying put. Lallana, great feet and balance a technically good mid but imo similar to Eriksen do we really need to spend all that on this type of player for this position? imo the answer is no...so in reality with shaw's price and Rodriguez's injury I wouldn't take any from Saints...we need to spend our money more wisely (12m for Konoplyanka!) or we'll be lamenting another drop down the table this time next year...
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:22:00
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Can't help but think as good as Lallana has been recently, he is way way over priced! can't see levy forking any where near the £25m. After the £17m on Bentley and the amounts spent on Lamela and Soldado I can't really blame him. Would love Rodrigues and Callum at our club. But our primary target should be at left back and replacing Naughton Rose Dawson and possibly Kaboul. We also need to try and 2 or 3 midfielders.
strawboy
30/05/2014 08:22:00
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They are eejits those two! Bet Brazil would feel different if he had to play under him! Or was a true fan.
Dublin Hotspur
30/05/2014 08:22:00
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At least we have pochettino and calm now! Much as the meeja are still trying to unsettle the club and fans!
Dublin Hotspur
30/05/2014 08:24:00
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dublin what are you talking about? are you having a conversation with your radio??...;)
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:28:00
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Dublin, I think the chip on Brazil's shoulders about Spurs has grown into a fully fledged oak tree!!!! As for Warnock .... Clubs are falling over themselves to hire him !!!
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:31:00
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Jay Rodriguez makes the most sense to me. Current injury to be considered, but I do believe he would represent the best value for money, and could play numerous positions, could work well with him and Lamela playing as inside forwards, with the ability to swap in game, something Poch will be looking for in thee final 3rd, a freedom to express and attack, free licence I believe was the term used previously. On that basis, I believe we need players comfortable on either foot and willing to use both feet.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 08:36:00
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Dublin, no worries I know what you're talking about !!! LOL shedboy2
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:36:00
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Some of you may be pleased to see rumours of a potential swap... Lamela for Guarin... I personally wanted to see more of Lamela this season.

Destro, Ricardo Rodriguez and and Wanyama rumours also floating around
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 08:36:00
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The Rodriguez I was referring to was the one recommended by our own scout extraordinaire, Cider, is the LB from Wolfsburg...
I don't think the director of Southampton was telling the truth when he said about waiting for the appointment of the manager before selling players on....
I don't think we need any more midfield players atm?
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:42:00
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Cider - he does...will he still be value for money? can we assess his injury before the end of the window?...he won't get a pre-season etc very risky (one I advocated before but I think the price will just go too high)...January TW might be better...
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:43:00
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Lots of talk about Wanyama this morning, hopefully just speculation. CM is a position we are comfortable in, and I see Wanyama as nothing more than a younger Sgt. Wilson!! As I said, Rodriguez would be my pick, maybe for Chadli plus a couple of million. One thing that's only just occured to me, is Osvaldo still a Southampton player? Not that I'd want him, but surely Saints could raise a few quid from his sale to bring in another striker which would cushion the blow should they lose both Rodriguez (to us) and Lambert (to the bindippers)? Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
30/05/2014 08:46:00
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What about Santana? He looks good to me... especially with talk of beast and little Paul going.
Woodpekka
30/05/2014 08:46:00
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Bloody predictive! Wanyama, not the guitarist!
Woodpekka
30/05/2014 08:47:00
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Agree with you there shedboy2, no more crocks till they are fully recovered...
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:47:00
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I thought Sentanta went out of business ... LOL ... Wanyama ? Think he's desperate to follow mauricio - no thanks IMO !
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 08:50:00
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Woodpekka, Santana would be better :).
Kong
30/05/2014 08:50:00
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Good post Lily - agree with a lot of what you say. For me, Eriksen is better than Lallana, and younger, but if we were to get Lallana at closer to 18 whilst receiving a good offer for Siggy, I'd take it. It's a large amount, but he would bring more than just 'a good player'to our club. We know he can play the Pochettino way, and also, I think he'd be an exceptional role model for youngsters at the club - work hard, keep your head down, and you'll be rewarded - as he has with his thoroughly deserved WC spot. Shaw, I'd just about fully unload if we got him, but I think we'll be priced out, plus I've read that quite a few of his family and friends goto Chelsea games regularly, and that he himself grew up a Chelsea fan, if they're in for him, we lose out. If it's a straight choice between us & United, I'm clinging on to the Hope that Pochettino swings it. Lovren, would take him, bit lightweight at times (soldado assist for Eriksen springs to mind), but on the whole, better & faster than Dawson. Jay-Rod, bit of a risk with this injury, we don't really know how he'll recover, but if he hadn't have gotten injured, I'd be all over him. Would have been in WC squad for me no doubt, he was that good last year.
King26
30/05/2014 08:50:00
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Ryan - For the record, I would be gutted if we lost Lamela. In my opinion, if he stays injury-free he could absolutely kill it next season, especially in Pochettino's favoured 4-3-3 set-up. The signs are positive though. Pochettino would have a better chance than most of helping him bed-in even if purely on a communication level. And the fact he's out of the World Cup means he's out of the shop window. And while he's training in training back home it could/should mean he gets a good pre-season under his belt. Fingers crossed. Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
30/05/2014 08:50:00
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we're not going to get Lukaku are we? Konoplyanka? Bruno indi Martins? any left back?....will we be looking at a few good players in and some of the poorer ones out at the end of the window?....I'm beginning to think it'll be the other way round...and it's not even open yet!....I have so little faith in Levy & Co. to make the right calls..yes Saints spent c70m net whilst we made a huge profit in transfers recently taking them from the Championship and us out of the top4 (where we wee two years ago) but we still have the much stronger squad, beat them twice (rodriguez getting injured when they were 2 up helped!) with a disparate team....so no I don't think saints is the best shopping destination.....Ricardo Rodriguez is a good call....
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:51:00
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Forgot to add my bit on the others!! Chambers - Would for less than 6 mil if we can sell Naughton. Clyne - not for me, will be expensive and is 23 already so unlikely to improve much, money can be better spent elsewhere. Wanyama - no, just reminds me of Palacios, lots of energy, great at breaking up play, but what other strings are there? Would much rather see us keep Sandro, Dembele, Paulinho & Capoue in those roles. One who hasn't been mentioned is Ward-Prowse, I'd have a punt on him!!!
King26
30/05/2014 08:54:00
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shed...Pleasing that you see the Rodriguez talent the same as me, whilst Lallana and Shaw seem to be getting all the headline grabbing attention, it was indeed Rodriguez that stood out the most to me. Looked very comfortable on the ball and an intelligent player, as you rightly say, that injury makes it a no go for me at present, no guarantees regarding how he will recover, shame because I think he could come in and do very well in a Spurs shirt...will we see?.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 08:54:00
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LilyWhiteHart- Osvaldo is- I joked about him yesterday...he did slap Lamela whilst at Roma so not sure he'd add harmony to the group although it would be fun to watch him and Ade up top together!..;)
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:56:00
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Lastly, for now anyways - can anyone see Tom Carroll playing a Lallana like role for us? He's got a cracking left foot on him, little lightweight, but I think he needs to be played high up the pitch in order to see the best of him. If he had say, Sandro & any one other of our current central midfielders behind him, then he has more license to create, he's played centre mid too, so his workrate would be enough to offer cover/support if our LB goes bombing on (which he will under Pochettino). Not saying start Carroll on the left of the 3 in behind for every game, but I personally think he's much more suited to that position than he is centre mid. I see a lot of similarities between him and Lallana
King26
30/05/2014 08:59:00
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Cider- Jay-rod (stops you thinking LB) has that knack of being in the right place at the right time....people scoffed at 6m from Burnley but the boy has something about him....he's not a 20m+ player though and I think he might just get over hyped...shame...15m last Jan would have seen them snap our hand off!
shedboy2
30/05/2014 08:59:00
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Whilst Shaw seems to play far better than his age would suggest, I'm not into him at circa £27 million. Totally understand that he'll be worth a bit more being English, and the fact he will no doubt solve a LB problem for a club for years to come, but I think it is way too much for a 18 year old LB. Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) by December 2013 twice had the highest performance ranking out of all the LBs in Europe. 5 goals, 9 assists, 21 years old and circa £16-18 million. That I can handle.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:01:00
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Shed - Haha.....as I said mate, I wouldn't want Osvaldo at the Lane. I just meant it may not be total heartbreak for Saints if we get Rodriguez and 'Pool get Lambert. Osvaldo seems to have decent stock in Europe, and so would bring in good money and free up wages for them to bring in at least one replacement striker. Also, weren't they giving games to another academy striker at the back end of last year? Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
30/05/2014 09:01:00
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Callum chambers prob has as much potential, if not more, according to poch himself back in jan. Great replacement for naughton.
Dublin Hotspur
30/05/2014 09:01:00
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king- I can't see Tom Carol making it!....good through balls and comfortable in possession...but not good enough off the ball for me.
shedboy2
30/05/2014 09:02:00
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Dublin, not sure Coentrao would sign for us, just won double with Real, will almost certainly win La Liga next year....if he wouldn't come and play for AVB, I don't see him coming now. Price for Shaw is high, but a few reasons I fancy him - we know he can cut it in the prem, you'd have a left back for the next 14 years (potentially) if we were to get him too. £30 mil is ott for me, they'll sell him for less than that, more like 20 imo, and at that price, for the reasons stated, I'd be all over him. Unfortunately for us, I think he's that good, that he doesn't need a stepping stone club to prove it, if he went to Chelsea, he's start, he's that good.
King26
30/05/2014 09:03:00
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I'm just waiting to see the first few transfer activity from WHL - to gauge which direction we are taking ....
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 09:03:00
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Lilywhitehart - Did you see much of Lamela before he came to Spurs? I personally haven't but I'm guessing by the huge interest still generated in him by the Italian giants that he must have been very good at some stage. I'd like to see more of him. I doubt he'll ever reach the heights of Bale but that doesn't mean he can't be a great addition to the team.
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 09:04:00
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Dublin Hotspur- that's the deal...Naughton is good imo but we could get some cash in, he wants 1st team time and have Chambers behind Walker...would he go for it? but that's the deal...
shedboy2
30/05/2014 09:04:00
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shed...LOL!...Did not stop me thinking of a certain LB did it. It bloody irks me, this LB is going to have so many admirers, we appear to need a LB, many Prem clubs are looking Shaw and Davies, we should be nipping in quick smart and trying to secure him IMO.

Many players state they wish to play in the prem, good wages, great league, the home of football etc, who's to say Rodriguez is not the same?, it was said Poch was looking at him in January as a potential Shaw replacement, problem being, he would have had Shaw money to replace him, £1.49 for Rose leaves us somewhat short(joke...£1.99).
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:07:00
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Lamela was mustard last year...would love to see more of him...he was forcing his passing for us early on...I didn't recognise the guy giving the ball away! (still a lot less than Andros every shot is a turnover Townsend) But I still saw enough of him to want him to stay...
shedboy2
30/05/2014 09:08:00
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King26 - I also mentioned Ward-Prowse. He had looked pretty impressive the few games I have seen him play and at his age still had plenty of potential. Don't think he'd cost a bomb either.

It's sort of a shame we're all here talking about poaching as many Southampton players as we see for but I guess it's credit to how well they done season gone and how highly rated their squad is.
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 09:08:00
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Ryanhotspur, Lamela did very well in Italy so his stock is still high over there. Unless we get a bid over £20m I cannot see us selling him. I would prefer him to stay and make a go of it with us as he has been injured most of last season. He has the potential and hopefully he can produce the goods with us.
Kong
30/05/2014 09:09:00
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Shed -fair point, Perhaps a lot of the Carroll thing for me, is wanting to see him do well! I suppose the fact that there weren't many EPL clubs after him on loan should be enough of a gauge for me! Cider seems to be set on Rodriguez (LB, not Jay-Rod), so I'll have to have a bit of a look at him. Don't really like youtube vids as they can make anyone look good. In all honesty, 95% of my Rodriguez knowledge comes from Champo, the other 5% from Cider!!! If anyone else has much of a clue about him, I'd love to hear it. Decent goal & assist ratio combined with consitantly high wages suggest he's in the Walker mould - can bomb up & down all day? Better defensively I hope?!
King26
30/05/2014 09:11:00
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Cider - we only don't appear to need a LB if you are blindfolded and sitting in a darkened room with ear plugs in!...a little steep using Rose's pre-sale price...;)
shedboy2
30/05/2014 09:11:00
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MAN ON we will need to change the whole team if poch felt players lacked speed and effort... I like Rodriguez,15 goals in the PL is a good return. Just shy of Dzeko and Giroud. Perhaps in a better team he would score more. That said Southampton had the most shots at goal barring City. It's friday and my head hurts already. Question is who is better from Lukaku, Bony, Dzeko, Rodriguez, Remy? All realistic targets playing in the PL imo baring Lukaku.
Mix26
30/05/2014 09:11:00
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Lilywhitehart- as you say Osvaldo is liked on the continent and he like it there...that's more money in Saints pocket...I think they need to make back about 28m but after that they could put all their player sales back into the kitty for a new man....get the right coach and they may come again!
shedboy2
30/05/2014 09:14:00
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King...Would you like me to put a good little article up offering an insight?. It was written back in December.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:15:00
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Ryan - I wouldn't say I'm an expert on Lamela, but yes I was certainly very familiar with him before we snagged him and I was absolutely delighted (and incredibly surprised!!) when we did. I don't watch tons of Serie A, but I've had a keen interest in Roma since I spent some time in Rome about 11/12 years ago and kind of 'adopted' them as my European club. He obviously had a torrid first year on pretty much any level that can be gauged. But he ticks every box for me, and if Pochettino arriving means we can keep hold of him then for that I'm grateful. He has goals in him when deployed correctly. His brain can sometimes work quicker than his feet, but he is no shirker and regularly took foul after foul in Italy and shook it all off. Letting him go now for a paltry £20 million as has been mooted would be a massive mistake, and also poor business which even the most ardent Levy hater would concede isn't like him. This could be (and I hope it is) the time for Erik to show the rest of the Premier League why we went in balls-deep for him. Come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
LilyWhiteHart
30/05/2014 09:16:00
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It is said that the only slight on Rodriguez' performance could be concentration. At 21, I think this can be schooled.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:17:00
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Southampton finished 8th last year - with a stable boss and no shenanigans at management levels .... Well ? At this rate should we have gone for all the drama around the new boss' appointment ?
Highgatespur
30/05/2014 09:17:00
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So I'm assuming people are looking forward to a 4-3-3 with Lamela being part of it. Who do you look towards for the other spots. Would Erikson and Sandro still have a part to play in that sort of formation?
RyanHotSpur
30/05/2014 09:21:00
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LilyWhiteHart I would be devastated to lose him now. We must definitely not sell and certainly not at a ridiculous loss! I suspect we will hear MP stating he wants Lamela to feature for us this season coming.
Mix26
30/05/2014 09:25:00
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The last I heard was Lamela wanted to stay, he wants to show all and sundry what he can do, and his brother backed this up. Of course, I will remember to take all media talk with a pinch of salt, trying my hardest not to just use the positive for the good of the club as opposed to just dismissing the negative. Lamela is some talent, we could almost say our first new signing of the window, a record one at that. Nice!.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:31:00
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Cider - absolutely. Boss is out today, so I have plenty of time to fill by reading articles on potential signings! cheers pal
King26
30/05/2014 09:32:00
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Ryan I feel Erikson needs to be our key man so it's obvious we require him. Coming off the left he was strong and this was the same role Davies played for Southampton. Sandro will need to take his game further and develop his passing range, I hope MP can push him there the most.
Mix26
30/05/2014 09:37:00
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Ryan...I think more of a 4-2-3-1. Currently Ade as the CF, Eriksen, Lamela and another (Chadli or Holtby) as the 3 behind. 2 of the 3 playing as inside forwards Left and Right a touch behind Ade, with AM central. 2 CMs in a double pivot, Capoue/Sandro paired with either Paulinho or Dembele. Some games as required maybe both of Sandro and Capoue, this actually my preferred pairing, I think it offers everything.

Fullbacks to offer the width, so crossing really needs to be worked on here. Of course, some players may come and go, but this is the way we'll be set up once more I feel. Difference being, Poch supposedly allows the final 3rd players to move around the field as seems suitable in game, something i was hoping to see this season gone, quick interchangable football in the final 3rd, maybe under Poch this will come to fruition, no more of the players standing on the spot watching another drive forward on his own, instead pass and move, 1-2s, little through balls, here's hoping.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:40:00
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Ryan - I am both expecting, and looking forward to a 4-3-3 next term. I also fully expect Sandro to be part of that 3, I think he's a typical (from what I've seen) Pochettino. That what i've seen bit refers to MoPo, not the beast! I've said before I don't think he's the most gifted of footballers, but he's committed, hard working, determined....you get them impression he'd run through walls for the team, it's just his nature. Of the players we already have, I think a 4-3-3 with a front 6 of Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor, could work very well. However, I expect at least one new signing to be in there, possibly Adebayor will be off? Personally, I'd like to see a bit more of Holtby playing for us too in certain games. I would slot him in the deeper 3 alongside 2 of the bigger guys, as I think his work rate and passing ability would be useful
King26
30/05/2014 09:43:00
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Ryan - I am both expecting, and looking forward to a 4-3-3 next term. I also fully expect Sandro to be part of that 3, I think he's a typical (from what I've seen) Pochettino. That what i've seen bit refers to MoPo, not the beast! I've said before I don't think he's the most gifted of footballers, but he's committed, hard working, determined....you get them impression he'd run through walls for the team, it's just his nature. Of the players we already have, I think a 4-3-3 with a front 6 of Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor, could work very well. However, I expect at least one new signing to be in there, possibly Adebayor will be off? Personally, I'd like to see a bit more of Holtby playing for us too in certain games. I would slot him in the deeper 3 alongside 2 of the bigger guys, as I think his work rate and passing ability would be useful
King26
30/05/2014 09:43:00
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Delish that Cider! I too would love to see Cap and Beast together! Not much would get through that wall!
Mix26
30/05/2014 09:43:00
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King...Here you go mate, this was written 4th December 2013, he finished the season playing every Bundesliga game, registering 5 goals and 9 assists.

http://www.whoscored.com/Articles/cvhoszghausrvyrfvfbp6q/Show/Player-Focus-Ricardo-Rodriguez-Emerging-as-Europes-Best-Left-Back
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:46:00
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Bleacher Report Yesterday:

Keep an eye on Ricardo Rodriguez this summer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He'll be playing left-back for Switzerland in Ottmar Hitzfeld's high-press, high-energy system; opposite Stephan Lichtsteiner he's an extreme force going forward.

With five goals and nine assists last season for Wolfsburg, per WhoScored.com, he'll be hot property, and he's only 21 years of age.

High line and pressing, great crosser, scores also, 21, absolute no brainer to me. Please!.
Cider spurs
30/05/2014 09:50:00
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