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  • I’d accept that.

    Spurs have got 30 points from a possible 63 since January. No wonder they try every trick in the book to turn their abysmal form around.

  • They've got some decent scouts haven't they - look at some of the players that have come through recently and then off into bigger teams - Mane, Van Dijk, Ings, Wanyama, Tadic. He did look a handy player.

  • lovren

  • I wouldn’t say Southampton have a strong scouting network. They’re a good stepping stone into the EPL though. None of those names were unknowns. Van Dijk and Wanyama had both done very well at Celtic. Mané was playing for Red Bull Salzburg and Tadic was signed from Twente by Koeman. All for pretty big fees as well.

    Ings was a Southampton youth player before being allowed to leave for Bournemouth and then Liverpool, before Southampton signed him again.

  • Presumably it's the scouts who establish that they'll fit in and that they're actually available for Southampton to buy though?

    There are plenty of players coming for big money who don't fit and don't work as stepping stones - look at Joelinton. Maybe that will work out, and he did score on Sunday - but that was £40m for a striker whose best season was 8 goals.

    Has any other club been such a consistent stepping stone to bigger clubs for players and managers?

  • We seem to have become a feeder club for Citeh and Real...

  • join the club!

  • As a saints fan it pains me to look at the list of players who have been and gone over the last ten years, a credit to our ability to either grow players or find relatively cheap gems, this team would do OK I reckon....

    a few years out of date but this article talks a little about our "black box" https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/379­54971

  • Ings was a Southampton youth player before being allowed to leave for Bournemouth and then Burnley where he had his successful spell and then Liverpool, before Southampton signed him again.

    ftfy

  • I thought Kane began leaning in to protect the ball from what he thought was going to be a shoulder to shoulder. defender fell and wiped him out. penalty.

    Derby West Brom however saw two penalties given which weren't at all. Haven't heard whether pereira slipped or dived for ours but it looked very much like a dive. In which case we have loaned a talented diving c*nt

  • Aye, it was a hell of a dive. But our defender probably should’ve tried staying on his feet in the box when we’d been awarded two penalties in the game already.

    Bit of a “meh” start to our season so far. Hoping we get going soon and get some decent points on the board. Maybe starting in the League Cup tonight?

  • I’d say that a successful scout would be the ones uncovering hidden gems at lower levels with less hype around them. Although it pains me to say it, I think the Leicester scouting system is better than Southamptons. Picking up players like Vardy, Mahrez, Maguire, Kante (although he was quite well known when they signed him) etc. for so little and getting exceptional prices for them if they’re sold on.

  • No pen for me. Kane pushed Lascelles and it was inevitable he would fall. Ref and VAR (and all the refs marshalling it) got it right. The Sheriff had no complaints...the result was complimentary to Spurs.

  • Spurs losing to NUFC

    In most seasons we would have celebrated this, but this year Newcastle are a direct competitor in the relegation fight and so it was sad and rather distasteful to be wishing that Spurs would come back.

  • looking forward to when the sky actually starts to fall on you

  • They also picked up players for nothing or little, with no resale value, but who did a job - Huth, Albrighton, Simpson...

    The model’s different now and higher risk financially- Maddison, Maguire, Justin, etc. in the £20m bracket - or trusting in and developing young-uns from the academy - Hamza, Barnes, Chilwell...

  • There's been a few pretty dodgy buys as well - Slimani, Kramaric, Iheanacho.

  • That’s very true. Add silva and kaputska to that list. Recruitment after the title win was chaotic, but we’re probably still in credit

  • Has MikeC hacked into your account? The heavens tumbling down on the Spuds is an annual occurrence, one we have all come to love...

  • I'm enjoying listening to the West Ham/Newport game solely because of the constant references to 'a yeti' on the pitch.

  • Well at least I can say I’ve been to Crawley, another ground ticked and one more to come on Saturday at West Ham - haven’t done two ticks in a week for years!

  • 'a yeti' on the pitch.

    Has @furious_tiles been streaking again then?

  • Maybe starting in the League Cup tonight?

    Maybe. Maybe not.

  • I need to go back to reverse hexing...

  • I asked for a rivalry I suppose.

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