Morgan dilemma for Saints boss Pochettino

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Morgan Schneiderlin could be fit to return to the Saints squad for tomorrow’s game at Swansea.

The French midfielder was forced to sit out last weekend’s win over Everton at St Mary’s after picking up a knock on his quadricep.

Saints are hopeful that Schneiderlin will be available for selection again tomorrow.

He may have to wait his chance to get straight back in, though.

Saints produced an excellent performance and result to down the Champions League chasing Toffees at St Mary’s, with Victor Wanyama and Jack Cork pairing up together in the holding midfield roles.

If Mauricio Pochettino decides to hand Schneiderlin an instant recall it will mean one of Cork or Wanyama gets dropped for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Amazingly, the game against Everton was the first time Pochettino had paired Cork and Wanyama together in the Premier League.

At the start of the campaign Pochettino was regularly selecting Wanyama, following his £12m move from Celtic, alongside Schneiderlin.

After Wanyama’s leg fracture Cork got his chance to impress and took it.

The stats show there is not much to choose between the pairings used by Pochettino when analysed over the course of the season.

Schneiderlin and Wanyama have a slightly better record but it is marginal and was largely achieved at a point in time in which the entire side were firing on all cylinders.

Pochettino is still set to be without long term absentees Kelvin Davis and Jay Rodriguez while Gaston Ramirez is hoping to return at some point. Though he should still be bag a place in the Uruguay squad for the World Cup, he could do with minutes on the pitch for peace of mind and to try and guarantee his spot.

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8:26am Fri 2 May 14

AdamG10 says...

I'd stick with VW and JC to start tomorrow. I thought they were excellent last week.
I'd stick with VW and JC to start tomorrow. I thought they were excellent last week. AdamG10
  • Score: 9

8:35am Fri 2 May 14

Rooflas says...

AdamG10 wrote:
I'd stick with VW and JC to start tomorrow. I thought they were excellent last week.
Correct, can't change a winning team. The midfield needs to be rotated more frequently IMO.
[quote][p][bold]AdamG10[/bold] wrote: I'd stick with VW and JC to start tomorrow. I thought they were excellent last week.[/p][/quote]Correct, can't change a winning team. The midfield needs to be rotated more frequently IMO. Rooflas
  • Score: 5

8:39am Fri 2 May 14

Rising_Son says...

A part of the pitch where we have strength in depth. Good, innit? I hope it won't be long before MP has dilemmas all over the pitch.
A part of the pitch where we have strength in depth. Good, innit? I hope it won't be long before MP has dilemmas all over the pitch. Rising_Son
  • Score: 7

8:49am Fri 2 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

No point bringing spider back too early, even if fit I would rather he started the game on the bench he can then come on if required. Cork and BigVic were excellent last week and they need to get some game time together as, according to the media, they might be the only players we have left next season!
No point bringing spider back too early, even if fit I would rather he started the game on the bench he can then come on if required. Cork and BigVic were excellent last week and they need to get some game time together as, according to the media, they might be the only players we have left next season! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 12

9:07am Fri 2 May 14

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

What a crisis to be in !! LUV IT !!!
What a crisis to be in !! LUV IT !!! CHARLIE TAYLOR
  • Score: 5

9:59am Fri 2 May 14

Sutton Saint says...

A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert.
A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert. Sutton Saint
  • Score: 9

11:13am Fri 2 May 14

warrens 76 says...

Sutton Saint wrote:
A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert.
Nice!
[quote][p][bold]Sutton Saint[/bold] wrote: A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert.[/p][/quote]Nice! warrens 76
  • Score: 2

11:31am Fri 2 May 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

Sutton Saint wrote:
A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert.
MP doesn't really like changing the formation. We are only likely to use 2 holding midfield players with 3 attacking players in front and Ricky up front. The 3 attacking midfielders are likely to be Davis, Lallana and either Ramirez or JWP. I would start JWP and bring on Ramirez and keep Morgan on the bench for fresh legs later in the game.
[quote][p][bold]Sutton Saint[/bold] wrote: A midfield of Davis, Wanyama, Morgan and Cork, put Lallana up front with Lambert.[/p][/quote]MP doesn't really like changing the formation. We are only likely to use 2 holding midfield players with 3 attacking players in front and Ricky up front. The 3 attacking midfielders are likely to be Davis, Lallana and either Ramirez or JWP. I would start JWP and bring on Ramirez and keep Morgan on the bench for fresh legs later in the game. allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 1

11:36am Fri 2 May 14

Puddletown Saint says...

I would rest Davis and play Spider there. Rest SRL for Sam. Rest Adam for JWP. Why - fit and raring for the ManUre.

Boruc Clyne Shaw Fonte Lovern
Cork Wanyama
JWP Spider Gaston
Sam

2-2 COYR
I would rest Davis and play Spider there. Rest SRL for Sam. Rest Adam for JWP. Why - fit and raring for the ManUre. Boruc Clyne Shaw Fonte Lovern Cork Wanyama JWP Spider Gaston Sam 2-2 COYR Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Fri 2 May 14

warrens 76 says...

Always felt that Fox and Wanyama would work well together, actually posted same few weeks ago…

I feel that we could well do with using this partnership and the step up of Calum and JWP will take the sting out of potentially losing Adam and Luke..

Were we to buy another world class defender and attacking midfielder and fast mobile attacker we could mitigate the loss of our to stars.

Make no bones about it as fantastic as AL has been there is considering the chances created and opportunities he and JRod have had a lack of cutting edge…

In some respects keeping MoPo and addressing our woeful finishing is more important than Losing Al and Luke….the only caveat is that somoene in the Academy has to learn to defend whilst still attacking like Luke.
Always felt that Fox and Wanyama would work well together, actually posted same few weeks ago… I feel that we could well do with using this partnership and the step up of Calum and JWP will take the sting out of potentially losing Adam and Luke.. Were we to buy another world class defender and attacking midfielder and fast mobile attacker we could mitigate the loss of our to stars. Make no bones about it as fantastic as AL has been there is considering the chances created and opportunities he and JRod have had a lack of cutting edge… In some respects keeping MoPo and addressing our woeful finishing is more important than Losing Al and Luke….the only caveat is that somoene in the Academy has to learn to defend whilst still attacking like Luke. warrens 76
  • Score: -1

12:26pm Fri 2 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Puddletown Saint wrote:
I would rest Davis and play Spider there. Rest SRL for Sam. Rest Adam for JWP. Why - fit and raring for the ManUre.

Boruc Clyne Shaw Fonte Lovern
Cork Wanyama
JWP Spider Gaston
Sam

2-2 COYR
Ramirez is definitely out.
[quote][p][bold]Puddletown Saint[/bold] wrote: I would rest Davis and play Spider there. Rest SRL for Sam. Rest Adam for JWP. Why - fit and raring for the ManUre. Boruc Clyne Shaw Fonte Lovern Cork Wanyama JWP Spider Gaston Sam 2-2 COYR[/p][/quote]Ramirez is definitely out. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Fri 2 May 14

richard903 says...

Put Morgan up front in place of Rickie
Put Morgan up front in place of Rickie richard903
  • Score: -2

12:55pm Fri 2 May 14

Rooflas says...

I think corky was mustard against Everton and gets a bit of a bum deal. I wish he could shot though!!
I think corky was mustard against Everton and gets a bit of a bum deal. I wish he could shot though!! Rooflas
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Fri 2 May 14

jezza says...

I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.
I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead. jezza
  • Score: 13

3:09pm Fri 2 May 14

lowe esteem says...

jezza wrote:
I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.
Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.
[quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.[/p][/quote]Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy. lowe esteem
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Fri 2 May 14

jezza says...

lowe esteem wrote:
jezza wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.
Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.
Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll?
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.[/p][/quote]Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.[/p][/quote]Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll? jezza
  • Score: 3

6:56pm Fri 2 May 14

Clever Dick says...

jezza wrote:
lowe esteem wrote:
jezza wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.
Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.
Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll?
That's a great suggestion. Obviously it would be frowned upon but it could be done in the pre match warm up. We could make it voluntary and then we might find out if any players want a move. And if any player doesn't wear it we could spend all next week slagging them off and worrying about the demise of the whole team.
[quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.[/p][/quote]Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.[/p][/quote]Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll?[/p][/quote]That's a great suggestion. Obviously it would be frowned upon but it could be done in the pre match warm up. We could make it voluntary and then we might find out if any players want a move. And if any player doesn't wear it we could spend all next week slagging them off and worrying about the demise of the whole team. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Fri 2 May 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Clever Dick wrote:
jezza wrote:
lowe esteem wrote:
jezza wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.
Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.
Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll?
That's a great suggestion. Obviously it would be frowned upon but it could be done in the pre match warm up. We could make it voluntary and then we might find out if any players want a move. And if any player doesn't wear it we could spend all next week slagging them off and worrying about the demise of the whole team.
Or, they could 'accidently' put each others' shirts on and confuse the press and 'big team' scouts:

Corner to Swansea, Shaw punches clear to the diminutive Sam Gallagher at right back, he lays it inside to Wanyama with that distinctive crop of blond hair and exquisite left foot, now Guly, who turns inside one, inside another, nutmegs Bony and spreads it wide to the brick that is James Ward-Prowse who misplaces a pass before simply winning it back and laying it off to winger, Dejan Lovren. He drives forward and crosses to Cork to complete his hatrick.

That's got be worth a fiver of any fan's ticket money.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I think we should send out all of the players the press have linked with moves elsewhere, (including Morgan), and instead of writing their names on the back of their shirts, have "NOT FOR SALE" written there instead.[/p][/quote]Sorry, good idea, but not allowed, this is in direct contravention with the Premier League's 'More Money Now, S'od You' policy.[/p][/quote]Okay. So how long would it take them all to change their names via deed poll?[/p][/quote]That's a great suggestion. Obviously it would be frowned upon but it could be done in the pre match warm up. We could make it voluntary and then we might find out if any players want a move. And if any player doesn't wear it we could spend all next week slagging them off and worrying about the demise of the whole team.[/p][/quote]Or, they could 'accidently' put each others' shirts on and confuse the press and 'big team' scouts: Corner to Swansea, Shaw punches clear to the diminutive Sam Gallagher at right back, he lays it inside to Wanyama with that distinctive crop of blond hair and exquisite left foot, now Guly, who turns inside one, inside another, nutmegs Bony and spreads it wide to the brick that is James Ward-Prowse who misplaces a pass before simply winning it back and laying it off to winger, Dejan Lovren. He drives forward and crosses to Cork to complete his hatrick. That's got be worth a fiver of any fan's ticket money. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

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