COMMENT: Saints need to ship out Osvaldo and bring in a replacement before transfer window slams shut

Basingstoke Gazette: Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino

THE final day of any transfer window is always a fascinating one for football supporters.

Some might be expecting new signings, others fearing their top players could be sold off as panic starts to spread.

Here at Saints, there is speculation that record buy Dani Osvaldo’s brief time at St Mary’s could be running out.

I would expect him to depart on loan in the wake of a two-week suspension for an alleged head butt on Jose Fonte in training.

The obvious question to then ask if the controversial Italian international does join Juventus – or anyone else, for that matter – is who Mauricio Pochettino will bring in as a replacement, either stop-gap or permanently?

For sure, the manager does need an extra body if Osvaldo leaves.

Rickie Lambert will almost certainly remain at St Mary’s after the window slams shut at 11pm tomorrw night, and that didn’t always look the case earlier this month – not prior to Nicola Cortese’s dramatic departure anyway.

After Lambert, though, Pochettino does not have many striking options – as illustrated earlier this week when 18-year-old Sam Gallagher led the line against Arsenal on his first ever Premier League start.

The youngster certainly let no-one down – indeed, he won rave reviews for his performance – but it would be unfair to ask him to shoulder too much responsibility at such a young age.

Jay Rodriguez is Saints’ top scorer this season, but he has won a regular place in the side as an attacking wideman, rather than a frontline forward.

Who else is there?

Billy Sharp – who can consider himself unlucky not to get a Premier League chance with Saints - and Lee Barnard – who probably can’t - have been farmed out on loan again this month while Tadanari Lee, the man who arrived in a blizzard of hype and expectation, has had his contract cancelled.

Jonathan Forte remains at the club, but Artur Boruc has more chance of leading the line in a striking crisis than he has.

That leaves only one alternative, and it’s the one Saints are pursuing – ie, shipping Osvaldo out and bringing a strike replacement in.

There are a variety of ways you can search for a new forward.

You can see who’s not getting a regular game for his Premier League club, or you can see who’s doing well in the Championship.

Burnley’s Danny Ings, the lad who grew up near Southampton and who is the second tier’s top scorer, stands out as a potential buy.

Saints have form when it comes to signing young-ish strikers from the Clarets, as that was where they got Rodriguez from.

But Pochettino will almost certainly bring in any new striker from abroad.

It could well be someone he has worked with previously, as was the case when he signed his former Espanyol loanee Osvaldo.

Foreign managers in the Premier League tend to look overseas with regards to new signings, and Pochettino is no exception to that rule.

We cannot expect him to appear on Sky Sports, in his car with the window wound down a la Harry Redknapp, giving reporters transfer-related news.

That is not his style.

But we can expect some movement in the transfer window at St Mary’s before it slams shut tomorrow night.

And such moves are to be applauded.

To sum up, Saints need to ship Osvaldo out – for squad morale, if nothing else - and they need to find a replacement quickly.

They don’t have to pay over the odds for a replacement.

In fact, they don’t have to pay anything in terms of a fee - a loan signing with a bit of pedigree and hungry to succeed will do.

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1:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Does the loan window "slam shut" at the same time as the transfer window?

Seem to remember that it re-openers briefly, after the August window "slams shut" and wondering if it is the same for January?
Does the loan window "slam shut" at the same time as the transfer window? Seem to remember that it re-openers briefly, after the August window "slams shut" and wondering if it is the same for January? Costa Baz

2:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

St Retford says...

Huh? Has Osvaldo done something?
Huh? Has Osvaldo done something? St Retford

2:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

romseyboy says...

yeah the man at the FA and man at FIFA stands by the door and slams them closed taking them of their hinges at 11.pm tomorrow night. Sky Sports should film it.
yeah the man at the FA and man at FIFA stands by the door and slams them closed taking them of their hinges at 11.pm tomorrow night. Sky Sports should film it. romseyboy

2:07pm Thu 30 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Does the loan window "slam shut" at the same time as the transfer window?

Seem to remember that it re-openers briefly, after the August window "slams shut" and wondering if it is the same for January?
I think prem clubs can only do business in the transfer windows, im sure there isn't a loan window for the prem. there is in the football league but that's about it. 11pm tomorrow will be our last chance.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Does the loan window "slam shut" at the same time as the transfer window? Seem to remember that it re-openers briefly, after the August window "slams shut" and wondering if it is the same for January?[/p][/quote]I think prem clubs can only do business in the transfer windows, im sure there isn't a loan window for the prem. there is in the football league but that's about it. 11pm tomorrow will be our last chance. el caballo santos101

2:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

St Retford says...

The whole "slamming shut" thing is a right load of bo1locks, isn't it? What they actually mean is that at 11pm tomorrow the transfer window "will be held narrowly ajar while Harry Redknapp looks around his office to see what faxes and bits of old sh1t have come through offering the services of players he really can't afford but will sign anyway, meaning transfer details will still be coming though from now until Easter so WATCH THIS SPACE".
The whole "slamming shut" thing is a right load of bo1locks, isn't it? What they actually mean is that at 11pm tomorrow the transfer window "will be held narrowly ajar while Harry Redknapp looks around his office to see what faxes and bits of old sh1t have come through offering the services of players he really can't afford but will sign anyway, meaning transfer details will still be coming though from now until Easter so WATCH THIS SPACE". St Retford

2:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mikesugar says...

we should go get Ox back
we should go get Ox back mikesugar

2:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

romseyboy says...

I think we should keep Osvaldo and play him in the development team or send him out on loan to a lower league Uk team to ruin his chances going to world cup has he has cost us dearly in league positions
I think we should keep Osvaldo and play him in the development team or send him out on loan to a lower league Uk team to ruin his chances going to world cup has he has cost us dearly in league positions romseyboy

2:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

I say put Artur up front. He aleady knows where the goal is. When he loses possession, he can run back and help out. Who better to beat a goalkeeper than another goalkeeper?
I say put Artur up front. He aleady knows where the goal is. When he loses possession, he can run back and help out. Who better to beat a goalkeeper than another goalkeeper? DisplacedFan

2:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mbetts says...

Looked on here for a heads up on who might be coming in and the only story on here is a statement of the bloody obvious, where's the best place to find accurate rumours? News Now isn't much help either.
Looked on here for a heads up on who might be coming in and the only story on here is a statement of the bloody obvious, where's the best place to find accurate rumours? News Now isn't much help either. mbetts

2:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

milton road says...

There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg.
As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.
There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg. As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site. milton road

2:44pm Thu 30 Jan 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

So MP is likely to bring in a striker from abroad-.If that is the case lets hope whoever is brought in is more of a Marian Pahars than a Dani Osvaldo.Or more of an Egil Ostenstadt rhan an Augustino Delgado.
Personally i would go back to Burnley and Get preferably Danny Ings or maybe Sam Vokes.Both are local lads and both are Saints fans.
Burnley have served Saints well in the past.Ted Bates bought .Brian O'neill and Dave Docker Walker and more recently Nigel; Adkins bought Jay Rodriguez from the clarets.And of course Radio Solent.'s Mr Southampton-= Dave Merrington started his career at BURNLEY in the days when they were one of the top clubs in England.
COYR
So MP is likely to bring in a striker from abroad-.If that is the case lets hope whoever is brought in is more of a Marian Pahars than a Dani Osvaldo.Or more of an Egil Ostenstadt rhan an Augustino Delgado. Personally i would go back to Burnley and Get preferably Danny Ings or maybe Sam Vokes.Both are local lads and both are Saints fans. Burnley have served Saints well in the past.Ted Bates bought .Brian O'neill and Dave Docker Walker and more recently Nigel; Adkins bought Jay Rodriguez from the clarets.And of course Radio Solent.'s Mr Southampton-= Dave Merrington started his career at BURNLEY in the days when they were one of the top clubs in England. COYR CB FRY LIVES

2:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Dave Juson says...

As “transfer window” is not an actual window, can it be “slammed shut”? In this digital age, it is merely the barely discernible shift of light on a LED screen indicating the 22:59.59 has elided to 23:00.00 that signals the end of transfer activity.
Why the need for such a violent metaphor as “slammed shut”? when one can note the passing of the deadline with a word as “passed” or “closed”? And not only avoid a false sensation of missed opportunities, but avoid a cliché that has been flogged into the afterlife.
As “transfer window” is not an actual window, can it be “slammed shut”? In this digital age, it is merely the barely discernible shift of light on a LED screen indicating the 22:59.59 has elided to 23:00.00 that signals the end of transfer activity. Why the need for such a violent metaphor as “slammed shut”? when one can note the passing of the deadline with a word as “passed” or “closed”? And not only avoid a false sensation of missed opportunities, but avoid a cliché that has been flogged into the afterlife. Dave Juson

3:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

We need a striker but a defender even more with Lovren out. Jos ain't prem standard and Yoshida is so garb it's scary.
We need a striker but a defender even more with Lovren out. Jos ain't prem standard and Yoshida is so garb it's scary. Harold K Steptoe

3:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

Get Arturs mate Pawel Brozek from Wisla Krakow. 2 footed,strong,good in the air, 30 yrs old would be a bargain.
Get Arturs mate Pawel Brozek from Wisla Krakow. 2 footed,strong,good in the air, 30 yrs old would be a bargain. bigfella777

3:50pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Well, still none the wiser, after watching the press conference.

MP says how well Gallagher played, Tuesday, so is there any need to bring someone in, from outside, when you already have someone in house, who may be able to do the job?
But he also says that they have to "pace" Gallagher, indicating that they can't expect to use him too much, too soon.

Will just have to keep refreshing websites!!!
Well, still none the wiser, after watching the press conference. MP says how well Gallagher played, Tuesday, so is there any need to bring someone in, from outside, when you already have someone in house, who may be able to do the job? But he also says that they have to "pace" Gallagher, indicating that they can't expect to use him too much, too soon. Will just have to keep refreshing websites!!! Costa Baz

4:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

saint christopher says...

Amazing how much drivel can be generated when so many actually know so little. In the meantime the only thing we know for certain is that nothing is certain until it is certain - which it certainly isn't at the moment.

Trust that clears things up for everyone.
Amazing how much drivel can be generated when so many actually know so little. In the meantime the only thing we know for certain is that nothing is certain until it is certain - which it certainly isn't at the moment. Trust that clears things up for everyone. saint christopher

4:08pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Sainty saint saint says...

mikesugar wrote:
we should go get Ox back
What for?
[quote][p][bold]mikesugar[/bold] wrote: we should go get Ox back[/p][/quote]What for? Sainty saint saint

4:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Sainty saint saint says...

milton road wrote:
There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg.
As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.
I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from?

Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]milton road[/bold] wrote: There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg. As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.[/p][/quote]I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from? Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it. Sainty saint saint

4:14pm Thu 30 Jan 14

US Saint1 says...

WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh!
WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh! US Saint1

4:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

US Saint1 says...

WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh!

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=UB2rKpsIY
3Q .. are we nuts or what
WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=UB2rKpsIY 3Q .. are we nuts or what US Saint1

4:32pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Saint TGB says...

Sainty saint saint wrote:
milton road wrote:
There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg.
As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.
I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from?

Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it.
Sky Sports.
[quote][p][bold]Sainty saint saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]milton road[/bold] wrote: There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg. As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.[/p][/quote]I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from? Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Sky Sports. Saint TGB

8:18pm Thu 30 Jan 14

BehindEnemyLines says...

We are in a unique position this season that means we are unlikely to be going for a European place and won't get dragged into a relagation battle, a good cup run is the most realistic goal now, so rather than make a deadline day panic buy, let's give Gallagher a run out and see what he can do. We then have till the summer to assess his true potential before seeing what we need to do.
We are in a unique position this season that means we are unlikely to be going for a European place and won't get dragged into a relagation battle, a good cup run is the most realistic goal now, so rather than make a deadline day panic buy, let's give Gallagher a run out and see what he can do. We then have till the summer to assess his true potential before seeing what we need to do. BehindEnemyLines

9:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Santa Retfordia says...

US Saint1 wrote:
WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh!
There are lots of us from Southampton who are Saints fans. Doesn't mean we're good enough for the Premiership, sadly.

Same goes for Tom Ince: overrated.
[quote][p][bold]US Saint1[/bold] wrote: WTF .. Danny Ings is from Southampton (Youth team) and Saints Fan.. what the hell are we waiting for.. go get him Duhhh![/p][/quote]There are lots of us from Southampton who are Saints fans. Doesn't mean we're good enough for the Premiership, sadly. Same goes for Tom Ince: overrated. Santa Retfordia

11:16pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport says...

Cant we recall Mayuka?
Cant we recall Mayuka? Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport

11:48pm Thu 30 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport wrote:
Cant we recall Mayuka?
I thought Mayuka was injured and back here for treatment?
[quote][p][bold]Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport[/bold] wrote: Cant we recall Mayuka?[/p][/quote]I thought Mayuka was injured and back here for treatment? OSPREYSAINT

11:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport wrote:
Cant we recall Mayuka?
I thought Mayuka was injured and back here for treatment?
In answer to my own post I have found http://daily-mail.co
.zm/blog/2014/01/06/
mayuka-return-in-soc
haux-win/
I was half right!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport[/bold] wrote: Cant we recall Mayuka?[/p][/quote]I thought Mayuka was injured and back here for treatment?[/p][/quote]In answer to my own post I have found http://daily-mail.co .zm/blog/2014/01/06/ mayuka-return-in-soc haux-win/ I was half right! OSPREYSAINT

1:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

mbetts wrote:
Looked on here for a heads up on who might be coming in and the only story on here is a statement of the bloody obvious, where's the best place to find accurate rumours? News Now isn't much help either.
Accurate rumours? Um, they are called facts.
[quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Looked on here for a heads up on who might be coming in and the only story on here is a statement of the bloody obvious, where's the best place to find accurate rumours? News Now isn't much help either.[/p][/quote]Accurate rumours? Um, they are called facts. SiamSaint

1:45am Fri 31 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Get Arturs mate Pawel Brozek from Wisla Krakow. 2 footed,strong,good in the air, 30 yrs old would be a bargain.
I agree. More Poles. Their compatriots might fill those wide empty spaces in FA cup games.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Get Arturs mate Pawel Brozek from Wisla Krakow. 2 footed,strong,good in the air, 30 yrs old would be a bargain.[/p][/quote]I agree. More Poles. Their compatriots might fill those wide empty spaces in FA cup games. SiamSaint

1:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

lowe esteem says...

Saint TGB wrote:
Sainty saint saint wrote:
milton road wrote:
There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg.
As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.
I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from?

Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it.
Sky Sports.
Daily Echo too.
Love the contributor on here looking for "reliable rumour"
That's an oxymoron, which in turn is a cross between the son of an ex-skate who served us well crossed with a volatile striker that didn't.
Move on, please.
[quote][p][bold]Saint TGB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sainty saint saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]milton road[/bold] wrote: There is talk of an exchange deal with Juventus on loan or as a swop Osvaldo going to Juventus and Vucinic coming here. Also talk of a move for Diego at Wolfsburg. As we all know from experience, believe nothing until its on the site.[/p][/quote]I've not read anywhere that Vucinic is considering coming to Saints? Where did you get that from? Talk of Os going to Juventus, yes, but Vucinic coming to Saints? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Sky Sports.[/p][/quote]Daily Echo too. Love the contributor on here looking for "reliable rumour" That's an oxymoron, which in turn is a cross between the son of an ex-skate who served us well crossed with a volatile striker that didn't. Move on, please. lowe esteem

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