Poch could pair Lambert and Osvaldo

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Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out using Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo as a strike duo in upcoming games for Saints.

Lambert told the Daily Echo this week that he and Osvaldo could make a strong pairing for Saints, rather than being rotated.

Pochettino has already fielded them together a couple of times this season, but the general recent trend is for one or the other to lead the line.

However, the Saints boss is ruling nothing out.

He said: “We will make decisions depending on the games that are up ahead.

“In the past already you have seen that we have played with just Rickie up front, then also with Osvaldo up front, also with the two of them up front.

“In future as the games come we will analyse what decisions we make.”

When asked whether they could be a lethal combination together he admitted: “They could be.

“The more important thing is they represent an alternative to how we play.

“The even more important thing is the structure of how we play and that they fit in well with how we play.”

With January looming large on the horizon, speculation is already starting to build with regards to whether anybody could come or go from St Mary’s.

Pochettino is very relaxed about it and denied reports from the last week that has seen the club linked with Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli, Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt and Atletico Madrid star Diego.

“No, not right now,” Pochettino said when asked about transfer targets. “So far we haven’t actually analysed or look at any one player. None of those players are of interest.”

Inevitably there is plenty of speculation regarding the future of Luke Shaw, with Manchester United again linked with a move for the teenage left back. Pochettino is unequivocal in his answer.

“They can show their interest. That’s not something we control,” he insisted.

“But in this individual case he is not a player we are willing to sell.”

When asked if that was no matter how large the bid he added: “In a sporting manner he is not for sale.”

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7:51am Fri 13 Dec 13

Southampton boy says...

Not sure if this would work, as from what have seen in the past but if they click then it could be awsome.
Newcastle this weekend is going to be hard, and on past games we have a lack of fire power so is the timing right fo this pairing?
COYR's
Not sure if this would work, as from what have seen in the past but if they click then it could be awsome. Newcastle this weekend is going to be hard, and on past games we have a lack of fire power so is the timing right fo this pairing? COYR's Southampton boy

7:58am Fri 13 Dec 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

Can't hide away from this fixture.

We need to impose ourselves on this game and WIN.

COYR
Can't hide away from this fixture. We need to impose ourselves on this game and WIN. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

8:39am Fri 13 Dec 13

miltonarcher says...

Upcoming? A truly horrible word imported from the US. What's wrong with the English version, forthcoming ?

Really looking forward to our Soccer game on Saturday, 3 points please!
Upcoming? A truly horrible word imported from the US. What's wrong with the English version, forthcoming ? Really looking forward to our Soccer game on Saturday, 3 points please! miltonarcher

8:43am Fri 13 Dec 13

Bwana23 says...

We are doomed, Lawro is forecasting a win for us!!! Disaster!!! COYR
We are doomed, Lawro is forecasting a win for us!!! Disaster!!! COYR Bwana23

9:41am Fri 13 Dec 13

JohnItaly says...

Bwana23 wrote:
We are doomed, Lawro is forecasting a win for us!!! Disaster!!! COYR
Lawro will get it right one day - why not tomorrow?
[quote][p][bold]Bwana23[/bold] wrote: We are doomed, Lawro is forecasting a win for us!!! Disaster!!! COYR[/p][/quote]Lawro will get it right one day - why not tomorrow? JohnItaly

11:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

Saintsayer II says...

DO & RL Could work but of those two who would be first on the team sheet to partner J-Rod? For me RL every time
DO & RL Could work but of those two who would be first on the team sheet to partner J-Rod? For me RL every time Saintsayer II

11:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

Saintsayer II says...

DO & RL Could work but of those two who would be first on the team sheet to partner J-Rod? For me RL every time
DO & RL Could work but of those two who would be first on the team sheet to partner J-Rod? For me RL every time Saintsayer II

2:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

notaclue says...

I think Rickie playing behind Ozzy could be the way forward, as he can supply the killer through ball better than most in our team.
I think Rickie playing behind Ozzy could be the way forward, as he can supply the killer through ball better than most in our team. notaclue

2:54pm Fri 13 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

I am sure Poch will have done his homework on Newcastle and will pick the best XI to counteract their methods, if that doesn't work Plan B will be available.
I am sure Poch will have done his homework on Newcastle and will pick the best XI to counteract their methods, if that doesn't work Plan B will be available. OSPREYSAINT

4:02pm Fri 13 Dec 13

notaclue says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I am sure Poch will have done his homework on Newcastle and will pick the best XI to counteract their methods, if that doesn't work Plan B will be available.
No, Guly is still out injured!!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I am sure Poch will have done his homework on Newcastle and will pick the best XI to counteract their methods, if that doesn't work Plan B will be available.[/p][/quote]No, Guly is still out injured!! notaclue

9:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

montyplum says...

for me morgan is a big loss .... wanyama cant make me mid up...corky can still do a job...out goings,,, guly.. fox..lee.. yoshida...puncheon..
. in comings... new winger to help ads.. new keeper... centre back.. left back.. and poss new striker to give us something diff.. only my views... always a saint
for me morgan is a big loss .... wanyama cant make me mid up...corky can still do a job...out goings,,, guly.. fox..lee.. yoshida...puncheon.. . in comings... new winger to help ads.. new keeper... centre back.. left back.. and poss new striker to give us something diff.. only my views... always a saint montyplum

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