Saints need to bring in three new faces

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

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SAINTS need to make THREE new signings this month in a bid to move further up the Premier League table.

Mauricio Pochettino should be looking to sign a centre half, a quick striker – someone in the mould of England’s Jermain Defoe – and a wide midfielder with pace.

That is the view of ex-Dell striker Gordon Watson, who also said he wouldn’t be unhappy if the enigmatic Gaston Ramirez was shipped out during the current transfer window.

“Saints could really do with a striker like Defoe, to give them another Plan B if they are chasing games.

“Someone like Defoe would give them a bit more pace, give them the ability to put the ball over the top.

“Saints don’t really play that way, but they would have another option.

“They need someone capable of getting on the end of the richochets, the close range scrambles.

“So far Dani Osvaldo has done a lot of his work outside the penalty box.”

Watson is not suggesting Saints go and sign Defoe, believing his wage demands would be too much for Nicola Cortese to consider.

But the 31-year-old Tottenham striker is a bit out of favour at White Hart Lane, having started just three Premier League games all season.

Though he has scored seven times in five Europa League outings this term, Defoe has yet to get off the mark in his three league starts or nine appearances off the bench.

Defoe cost Tottenham £15m five years ago this month when he arrived from Portsmouth.

Saints have made four expensive purchases since the start of August 2011, bringing in Ramirez, Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo.

“Two hits and two misses,” summed up Watson.

“Dejan Lovren has been absolute class and so has Victor Wanyama.

“Ramirez and Osvaldo have not done it yet.

“Ramirez has had enough chances and I would love a Ramirez fan to tell me what he’s done since he’s been here.

“I think he’s had enough chances and I don’t know what contribution he’s made.

“He scored at Everton, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time.

“Adam has been great this season.

“He’s been like Rickie was like last season, in that he’s answered any questions asked of him.

“He needed to step it up again, and he’s gone and done just that.”

Watson is still a bit mystified why Jason Puncheon was loaned out to Crystal Palace for the whole season.

“That’s mis-management for you, that one,” he commented.

Puncheon was a regular for Saints in the top flight last season, where he weighed in with seven goals from a wide position.

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4:06am Thu 9 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.
Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God. SiamSaint
  • Score: 17

5:32am Thu 9 Jan 14

Dubai-saints89 says...

Completely agree with Mr, Watson.

Ive always Rated Defoe and would love him at Southampton but it looks very unlikely we could get him as i believe he i close to signing for FC Toronto.
Completely agree with Mr, Watson. Ive always Rated Defoe and would love him at Southampton but it looks very unlikely we could get him as i believe he i close to signing for FC Toronto. Dubai-saints89
  • Score: -11

6:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

rednwhite72 says...

"That is the view of ex-Dell striker Gordon Watson, who also said he wouldn’t be unhappy if the enigmatic Gaston Ramirez was shipped out during the current transfer window. "

“Ramirez and Osvaldo have not done it yet.

“Ramirez has had enough chances and I would love a Ramirez fan to tell me what he’s done since he’s been here.

“I think he’s had enough chances and I don’t know what contribution he’s made.

“He scored at Everton, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time.

I don't understand Gordon, Do you like Ramirez or not?
"That is the view of ex-Dell striker Gordon Watson, who also said he wouldn’t be unhappy if the enigmatic Gaston Ramirez was shipped out during the current transfer window. " “Ramirez and Osvaldo have not done it yet. “Ramirez has had enough chances and I would love a Ramirez fan to tell me what he’s done since he’s been here. “I think he’s had enough chances and I don’t know what contribution he’s made. “He scored at Everton, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer. “As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time. I don't understand Gordon, Do you like Ramirez or not? rednwhite72
  • Score: -7

8:13am Thu 9 Jan 14

sarfhamton says...

Oh no, two articles based on a chat with "Flash". Please Echo have some real stories.
Oh no, two articles based on a chat with "Flash". Please Echo have some real stories. sarfhamton
  • Score: 6

8:42am Thu 9 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

SiamSaint wrote:
Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.
Do you actually know what the word means?
[quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.[/p][/quote]Do you actually know what the word means? costa gaz
  • Score: -3

8:50am Thu 9 Jan 14

saint christopher says...

Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point.

Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate.

Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year.
Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point. Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate. Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year. saint christopher
  • Score: 10

9:07am Thu 9 Jan 14

warrens 76 says...

Usually January signings are overpriced or were a club wants shot of the player…i.e. would you buy Hooiveld or Ramirez, Fox or Guly….

If there is an unpolished gem out there not getting game time or wanting to step up now is agood time to bed them in for next season…..we are too far off the pace now to be top four or even 6 for that matter and we do not want Europa knackering our players anyway.

We do not have the fortunes to have two players for every position as for example Mufco enjoyed for many years…we are suffering from injuries to key players as Newcastle did last year…

Had Osvaldo and Ramirez proved their worth we would without injuries be holding a top four position…HOWEVER every signing working out, no injuries to key players during an entire campaign is lottery winner odds...
Usually January signings are overpriced or were a club wants shot of the player…i.e. would you buy Hooiveld or Ramirez, Fox or Guly…. If there is an unpolished gem out there not getting game time or wanting to step up now is agood time to bed them in for next season…..we are too far off the pace now to be top four or even 6 for that matter and we do not want Europa knackering our players anyway. We do not have the fortunes to have two players for every position as for example Mufco enjoyed for many years…we are suffering from injuries to key players as Newcastle did last year… Had Osvaldo and Ramirez proved their worth we would without injuries be holding a top four position…HOWEVER every signing working out, no injuries to key players during an entire campaign is lottery winner odds... warrens 76
  • Score: 9

9:15am Thu 9 Jan 14

Alicesdad says...

Once again we are at the cutting edge of in depth discussion. All this is just puff and pub chat, we have no idea what is actually going on.

I predict a riot.
Once again we are at the cutting edge of in depth discussion. All this is just puff and pub chat, we have no idea what is actually going on. I predict a riot. Alicesdad
  • Score: -2

9:40am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time"

I dont think many would disagree...but what happens when Adam gets injured? The only reason to critisise Ramirez is his price...and thats hardly his fault
“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time" I dont think many would disagree...but what happens when Adam gets injured? The only reason to critisise Ramirez is his price...and thats hardly his fault Jesus_02
  • Score: 11

9:48am Thu 9 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

I expect this article goes a long way in explaining Gordon Watson's unbelievable success in football management.
I expect this article goes a long way in explaining Gordon Watson's unbelievable success in football management. Rising_Son
  • Score: 11

10:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

With the full backs giving us width, I don't see buying a winger as a priority.

I'd prefer attacking midfield players, with the ability to run with the ball and get off shots on goal, or split defences with good passes. Oh, and score a few.
That way when JRod or Adz are having an off day, or running out of steam, we have like for like players to come in. They would also push JRod and Adz to greater efforts , knowing they have true rivals for their places.
With the full backs giving us width, I don't see buying a winger as a priority. I'd prefer attacking midfield players, with the ability to run with the ball and get off shots on goal, or split defences with good passes. Oh, and score a few. That way when JRod or Adz are having an off day, or running out of steam, we have like for like players to come in. They would also push JRod and Adz to greater efforts , knowing they have true rivals for their places. Costa Baz
  • Score: 0

10:53am Thu 9 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

saint christopher wrote:
Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point.

Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate.

Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year.
even under MP we didn't sign marquee player Ramirez. how can you fault him for that? gaston signed for adkins. so MP`s `marquee` signings have been Danni and big vic and dejan. of those three you would consider 2 to be great buys whilst the third needs more time to adjust. the 2 who have done really well had a full pre-season to fit in, whilst Danni joined late.
[quote][p][bold]saint christopher[/bold] wrote: Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point. Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate. Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year.[/p][/quote]even under MP we didn't sign marquee player Ramirez. how can you fault him for that? gaston signed for adkins. so MP`s `marquee` signings have been Danni and big vic and dejan. of those three you would consider 2 to be great buys whilst the third needs more time to adjust. the 2 who have done really well had a full pre-season to fit in, whilst Danni joined late. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 7

11:53am Thu 9 Jan 14

Dubai-saints89 says...

i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe
i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe Dubai-saints89
  • Score: -1

1:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

JohnItaly says...

Dubai-saints89 wrote:
i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe
According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him.
[quote][p][bold]Dubai-saints89[/bold] wrote: i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe[/p][/quote]According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him. JohnItaly
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Dubai-saints89 says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Dubai-saints89 wrote:
i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe
According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him.
is the daily star really reliable tho? arsenal and Liverpool are probably in pole position but you cant just right us of yet! nobody thought we would get Osvaldo lol
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dubai-saints89[/bold] wrote: i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe[/p][/quote]According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him.[/p][/quote]is the daily star really reliable tho? arsenal and Liverpool are probably in pole position but you cant just right us of yet! nobody thought we would get Osvaldo lol Dubai-saints89
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

JohnItaly says...

Dubai-saints89 wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
Dubai-saints89 wrote:
i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe
According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him.
is the daily star really reliable tho? arsenal and Liverpool are probably in pole position but you cant just right us of yet! nobody thought we would get Osvaldo lol
Am not writing off the Saints but if there is a grain of truth in the story in the Daily Star then it suggests Cheikhou Kouyate might be worth chasing.
[quote][p][bold]Dubai-saints89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dubai-saints89[/bold] wrote: i just saw on BBC Football Latest Gossip that Cheikhou Kouyate quoted saying Southampton have been in talks with him. we've been chasing him since the summer i believe[/p][/quote]According to the Daily Star Liverpool & Arsenal are going head to head to sign him.[/p][/quote]is the daily star really reliable tho? arsenal and Liverpool are probably in pole position but you cant just right us of yet! nobody thought we would get Osvaldo lol[/p][/quote]Am not writing off the Saints but if there is a grain of truth in the story in the Daily Star then it suggests Cheikhou Kouyate might be worth chasing. JohnItaly
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages.
Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players.
The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in.
The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date.
I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy.
COYR
Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages. Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players. The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in. The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date. I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy. COYR CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 7

3:20pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages.
Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players.
The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in.
The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date.
I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy.
COYR
CB if you have 5 minutes, check out the blog on F365's Top Ten Massive Disappointments:

http://www.football3
65.com/topical-top-1
0/9104606/F365-s-Top
-Ten-Massive-Disappo
intments/comments

Couthino is in the top 10 along with Osvaldo. I recommend some of you get on board the comments pages of this site and represent our club. Myself and BracknellSaint have been doing it up til now, show the northerners we have some passion.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages. Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players. The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in. The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date. I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy. COYR[/p][/quote]CB if you have 5 minutes, check out the blog on F365's Top Ten Massive Disappointments: http://www.football3 65.com/topical-top-1 0/9104606/F365-s-Top -Ten-Massive-Disappo intments/comments Couthino is in the top 10 along with Osvaldo. I recommend some of you get on board the comments pages of this site and represent our club. Myself and BracknellSaint have been doing it up til now, show the northerners we have some passion. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: -1

3:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

JohnItaly says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
CB FRY LIVES wrote:
Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages.
Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players.
The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in.
The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date.
I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy.
COYR
CB if you have 5 minutes, check out the blog on F365's Top Ten Massive Disappointments:

http://www.football3

65.com/topical-top-1

0/9104606/F365-s-Top

-Ten-Massive-Disappo

intments/comments

Couthino is in the top 10 along with Osvaldo. I recommend some of you get on board the comments pages of this site and represent our club. Myself and BracknellSaint have been doing it up til now, show the northerners we have some passion.
That same site has MoPo as one of the top ten managers in the Premiership
as well as including Lovren / Fonte & Wanyama / Schneiderlin in the top ten Premiership partnerships.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: Neither Ramirez or Osvaldo have done it on a consistent level to justify their high fees which is no doubt matched by high wages. Cat the clock back 12 months or so we were competing with Liverpool to sign two players. The Norwegan centre half Vorron who we bought and then who returned to Norway without playing a first team game.The silence and mystery around that return deal still remains baffling.How much did we lose on that deal and who was responsible for bringing him in. The other player who we tried to sign but instead did go to Liverpool was the Brazilian Coutinho.He has been very impressive for them..I think he would have been a better player for SAINTS than either Ramirez or Osvaldo have been.to date. I was very impressed last Saturday with both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.Either or both could do a great job for the Saints.Not only are they both British but they are also local lads who would have great pride in playing for the top Southern team.Unlike the likes of Ramirez and Osvaldo who both I think would prefer to be back playing in Italy. COYR[/p][/quote]CB if you have 5 minutes, check out the blog on F365's Top Ten Massive Disappointments: http://www.football3 65.com/topical-top-1 0/9104606/F365-s-Top -Ten-Massive-Disappo intments/comments Couthino is in the top 10 along with Osvaldo. I recommend some of you get on board the comments pages of this site and represent our club. Myself and BracknellSaint have been doing it up til now, show the northerners we have some passion.[/p][/quote]That same site has MoPo as one of the top ten managers in the Premiership as well as including Lovren / Fonte & Wanyama / Schneiderlin in the top ten Premiership partnerships. JohnItaly
  • Score: 1

4:14pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Dave Juson says...

Three new signings are needed to move Saints how far up the Premiership? This is not explained. Would that be one player per place? Or could Defoe alone be worth two or three places?
As for who else might be signed? And to what advantage? Not a word.
Who knows if Maricio Pochettino reads the Echo?
Even if he does, I can't see him contacting Gordon for advice on transfer dealings. Not before Confucious, Ospreysaint and myself, anyway.
Three new signings are needed to move Saints how far up the Premiership? This is not explained. Would that be one player per place? Or could Defoe alone be worth two or three places? As for who else might be signed? And to what advantage? Not a word. Who knows if Maricio Pochettino reads the Echo? Even if he does, I can't see him contacting Gordon for advice on transfer dealings. Not before Confucious, Ospreysaint and myself, anyway. Dave Juson
  • Score: 1

1:26am Fri 10 Jan 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

rednwhite72 wrote:
"That is the view of ex-Dell striker Gordon Watson, who also said he wouldn’t be unhappy if the enigmatic Gaston Ramirez was shipped out during the current transfer window. "

“Ramirez and Osvaldo have not done it yet.

“Ramirez has had enough chances and I would love a Ramirez fan to tell me what he’s done since he’s been here.

“I think he’s had enough chances and I don’t know what contribution he’s made.

“He scored at Everton, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time.

I don't understand Gordon, Do you like Ramirez or not?
Oh dear. The negative response to this would suggest that the Baldrick interpretation of irony is alive and kicking:

Blackadder : Baldrick, have you no idea what irony is?
Baldrick : Yeah! It's like goldy and bronzy, only it's made of iron.
[quote][p][bold]rednwhite72[/bold] wrote: "That is the view of ex-Dell striker Gordon Watson, who also said he wouldn’t be unhappy if the enigmatic Gaston Ramirez was shipped out during the current transfer window. " “Ramirez and Osvaldo have not done it yet. “Ramirez has had enough chances and I would love a Ramirez fan to tell me what he’s done since he’s been here. “I think he’s had enough chances and I don’t know what contribution he’s made. “He scored at Everton, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer. “As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time. I don't understand Gordon, Do you like Ramirez or not?[/p][/quote]Oh dear. The negative response to this would suggest that the Baldrick interpretation of irony is alive and kicking: Blackadder : Baldrick, have you no idea what irony is? Baldrick : Yeah! It's like goldy and bronzy, only it's made of iron. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 2

5:12am Fri 10 Jan 14

Wayne marchant says...

SiamSaint wrote:
Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.
He used it in a sarcastic manner
[quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.[/p][/quote]He used it in a sarcastic manner Wayne marchant
  • Score: 0

5:16am Fri 10 Jan 14

Wayne marchant says...

costa gaz wrote:
SiamSaint wrote:
Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.
Do you actually know what the word means?
Spot on. It's an insult to Le Tis was always easy to figure out as he was always brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SiamSaint[/bold] wrote: Please. Do NOT use the word "Enigmatic" or variations thereof to describe ANYONE other than Le God.[/p][/quote]Do you actually know what the word means?[/p][/quote]Spot on. It's an insult to Le Tis was always easy to figure out as he was always brilliant. Wayne marchant
  • Score: 0

5:24am Fri 10 Jan 14

Wayne marchant says...

saint christopher wrote:
Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point.

Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate.

Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year.
I think you are right, I also think the little spat about Cortese leaving last year ended with an agreement to spend this years budget in one go. Obviously if we could sell Osvaldo and Ramirez we'd have some capital to get a world class striker in like Damiao. We also have to stay within our FFP target or get fined etc.
[quote][p][bold]saint christopher[/bold] wrote: Even under Poch our record of getting "ready made" marque signings isn't that good - Osvaldo and Ramirez being cases in point. Given our stated aim of developing players rather than paying to have someone else do it for us I'd like to think we'd go for young relatively unknown players with great potential. The only position where this doesn't really work is in defence, where the strengthening requirement is more immediate. Gut feeling? Possibly one out and one in - possibly nothing until the summer. We're no longer in the business of short-term, paying-over-the-odds solutions. Think MP/NC may settle for mid-table using what they've got and plan to push on next year.[/p][/quote]I think you are right, I also think the little spat about Cortese leaving last year ended with an agreement to spend this years budget in one go. Obviously if we could sell Osvaldo and Ramirez we'd have some capital to get a world class striker in like Damiao. We also have to stay within our FFP target or get fined etc. Wayne marchant
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5:29am Fri 10 Jan 14

Wayne marchant says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
“As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time"

I dont think many would disagree...but what happens when Adam gets injured? The only reason to critisise Ramirez is his price...and thats hardly his fault
And the fact he's rubbish, can't pass, doesn't get back, destroys team cohesion, constantly gets robbed and gives away possession in short not a fit for our style of play and no where near good enough, we have better kids. SELL SELL SELL while there are still clubs silly enough to take a chance on him..
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: “As I’ve said before, you can’t play Adam Lallana and Ramirez in the same side, and I would take Adam every time" I dont think many would disagree...but what happens when Adam gets injured? The only reason to critisise Ramirez is his price...and thats hardly his fault[/p][/quote]And the fact he's rubbish, can't pass, doesn't get back, destroys team cohesion, constantly gets robbed and gives away possession in short not a fit for our style of play and no where near good enough, we have better kids. SELL SELL SELL while there are still clubs silly enough to take a chance on him.. Wayne marchant
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1:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tharg64 says...

3 signings - defence, defence defence....
3 signings - defence, defence defence.... tharg64
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