Lallana: Rickie means the world to Saints

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Adam Lallana hailed Rickie Lambert after his 100th league goal for the club, saying that the striker “means everything” to Saints.

The skipper admitted he had been concerned about the possibility of losing his teammate during the January transfer window, after the forward was nearly sold to West Ham in the final hours of Nicola Cortese’s reign as chairman.

However, Lambert stayed, and he brought up his century during Saturday’s resounding 3-0 victory at Fulham.

“He means everything to this football club,” said Lallana, who capped his 250th Saints appearance with a goal of his own.

“Obviously, there was speculation with him during the transfer window, so just to see him still here in the Southampton shirt means the world to not just me but the club itself.

“He proved what an unbelievable asset he is for us and without him we might not be in the Premier League, without his goals in League One and the Championship.

“He is our talisman. We turn to Rickie and we’ve all got that respect for him.

“Again, he was outstanding and it is a real pleasure playing with him.”

As well as scoring one, Lambert provided the assist for both Lallana and Jay Rodriguez’s strikes.

“As soon as he gets the ball, you just want to make those forward runs, because he can find you on a sixpence,” said Lallana.

The midfielder added: “It was great for Lambo to get on the scoresheet and get some assists. I thought he was brilliant, along with Jay Rodriguez, who again scores away from home for us.”

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10:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

What a Saint!
If Osvaldo was worth £15million then Rickie must be double that!
I love being a Saints fan.... love it!!!
What a Saint! If Osvaldo was worth £15million then Rickie must be double that! I love being a Saints fan.... love it!!! Norwegian Saint

11:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

derek james says...

if cortese was selling him maybe he's not as smart as he's made out to be
if cortese was selling him maybe he's not as smart as he's made out to be derek james

5:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

derek james wrote:
if cortese was selling him maybe he's not as smart as he's made out to be
Maybe so, but we shall never know. Overall, Nicola Cortese was very good for Southampton Football Club. Now he is part of its rich history.

Rickie Lambert is still an important player for the club and long may that continue. He proved how good he still is against Fulham on Saturday, with one goal and two assists. One of his assists was special, long range and world class. It is so unselfish and the measure of the man that Jay Rodriguez chose to let Rickie score. That says much about Rickie's high esteem with the other Saints players and confirms the wonderful team spirit at the club.

The great thing is that Rickie's history with Saints is still in the making!

Be optimistic that for Saints and for Rickie, the best is yet to come!
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if cortese was selling him maybe he's not as smart as he's made out to be[/p][/quote]Maybe so, but we shall never know. Overall, Nicola Cortese was very good for Southampton Football Club. Now he is part of its rich history. Rickie Lambert is still an important player for the club and long may that continue. He proved how good he still is against Fulham on Saturday, with one goal and two assists. One of his assists was special, long range and world class. It is so unselfish and the measure of the man that Jay Rodriguez chose to let Rickie score. That says much about Rickie's high esteem with the other Saints players and confirms the wonderful team spirit at the club. The great thing is that Rickie's history with Saints is still in the making! Be optimistic that for Saints and for Rickie, the best is yet to come! justaSaintsfan

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