Saints make Fraser Forster the fifth most expensive keeper ever in world football

FRASER FORSTER

FRASER FORSTER

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Fraser Forster has become the fifth most expensive keeper in world football history after joining Saints from Celtic for £10m.

The 26-year-old England international has penned a four-year deal at St Mary’s and go straight into the side to face Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday.

Forster is not only Saints’ most expensive keeper of all time – beating the £2m they paid for Antti Niemi in 2002 – but now the most expensive British keeper in history.

The previous record was held by Craig Gordon, who joined Sunderland from Hearts in 2007 for £9m.

Ironically, Gordon will now take over from Forster at Celtic after arriving at Parkhead in the summer.

The only four keepers in history who have cost more than Forster are Gianluigi Buffon, David De Gea, Manuel Neuer and Angelo Peruzzi.

Saints have now splashed out almost £30m on three players this summer – Forster, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle – and have options to buy loanees Ryan Bertrand and Saphir Taider permanently next summer.

Manager Ronald Koeman said of a player who was linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona earlier this year: “Fraser is a very talented player and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Southampton.

“This is another important part of our rebuilding process ahead of the start of the season.

“The fact that he has worked with Dave Watson before means we already know all about his strengths and weaknesses, and I am confident that we will be able to help him improve even further.

“Fraser is the perfect fit to help complement the players we already have, and he will add a lot of quality to the squad.

“He is an exciting English player with a very good reputation within the game and, at 26, he will enjoy the best years of his career at Southampton.”

Forster has worked with goalkeeping coach Watson with England, and was part of the squad for the finals in Brazil.

He started his career at Newcastle but never made a first team appearance for the Magpies, instead having loan spells at Stockport, Bristol Rovers and Norwich before moving to Celtic.

After a successful loan spell north of the border he joined Celtic permanently in 2012.

During his time with the Hoops he has won three Scottish league titles and two Scottish Cups.

Last season Forster broke the Scottish League record for most consecutive clean sheets, keeping 13 in a row.

He did not concede a league goal from the end of November through to mid February, a run of 1,256 minutes.

Forster was close to breaking Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar’s all time British recordof 1,311 minutes without conceding.

Forster’s signing inevitably sheds doubt on the future of another ex-Celtic keeper, Artur Boruc, who only has a year left remaining on his contract with Kelvin Davis ensconced as club captain and youngster Paulo Gazzaniga developing in the background.

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8:32am Mon 11 Aug 14

Outside of the Box says...

We will make a profit next season when Brenda Rogers see's him and wants him in Liverpool,,,,,,,,orr
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We will make a profit next season when Brenda Rogers see's him and wants him in Liverpool,,,,,,,,orr ible Scouse get Outside of the Box
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8:33am Mon 11 Aug 14

Wembley76 says...

Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle..
Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle.. Wembley76
  • Score: 17

8:33am Mon 11 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

I like him, even before I met him I liked him, you hate him compared to how much I like him.
I like him, even before I met him I liked him, you hate him compared to how much I like him. Alicesdad
  • Score: -13

8:37am Mon 11 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

Wembley 76 is right. you play because of form not price tag. It will be a battle though, they are both very good.

As for the CB and striker position, yes we all know this .. there has been more text than War and Peace on this subject.

Let Ron do his stuff, shouldn't be too long now.
Wembley 76 is right. you play because of form not price tag. It will be a battle though, they are both very good. As for the CB and striker position, yes we all know this .. there has been more text than War and Peace on this subject. Let Ron do his stuff, shouldn't be too long now. Alicesdad
  • Score: 18

8:40am Mon 11 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

Welcome Fraser.

Now there's two things you need to remember

- Don't let many goals in.
- If you don't let many goals in this season.... STAY !!

Then we'll get along just fine.
Welcome Fraser. Now there's two things you need to remember - Don't let many goals in. - If you don't let many goals in this season.... STAY !! Then we'll get along just fine. Alicesdad
  • Score: 23

9:17am Mon 11 Aug 14

Block41row0sfc says...

What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?
What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona? Block41row0sfc
  • Score: -13

9:26am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

How would you play the Keepers knowing both are First Class .... do we have to have one permanently on the bench and the other as Number One OR do we have Boruc playing the Home Games and Forster Away and Boruc in the Legaue Cup and Forster in the FA Cup with the other on the bench.

However it is done it really is FANTASTIC to at last have 2 decent Keepers.
How would you play the Keepers knowing both are First Class .... do we have to have one permanently on the bench and the other as Number One OR do we have Boruc playing the Home Games and Forster Away and Boruc in the Legaue Cup and Forster in the FA Cup with the other on the bench. However it is done it really is FANTASTIC to at last have 2 decent Keepers. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 23

9:26am Mon 11 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table. costa gaz
  • Score: 6

9:33am Mon 11 Aug 14

Block41row0sfc says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
How would you play the Keepers knowing both are First Class .... do we have to have one permanently on the bench and the other as Number One OR do we have Boruc playing the Home Games and Forster Away and Boruc in the Legaue Cup and Forster in the FA Cup with the other on the bench.

However it is done it really is FANTASTIC to at last have 2 decent Keepers.
Boruc is useless.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: How would you play the Keepers knowing both are First Class .... do we have to have one permanently on the bench and the other as Number One OR do we have Boruc playing the Home Games and Forster Away and Boruc in the Legaue Cup and Forster in the FA Cup with the other on the bench. However it is done it really is FANTASTIC to at last have 2 decent Keepers.[/p][/quote]Boruc is useless. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: -38

9:35am Mon 11 Aug 14

Wembley76 says...

costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
If we have a terrible start, then we will face relegation.......we have a relatively easy run up to mid November...after that we have an incredibly tough 10 weeks...we need to be mid table min at that stage as a 'cushion' for the 'winter' challenge....the easy-ish start will allow Koeman to build the team and build confidence....I am optimistic that we will have a strong squad and that we will be much better than WBA, Swansea, Leicester, Burnley, QPR, W Ham, Villa...so we should be aiming for 14th-8th...my prediction is 12th for 2014/5 but hope for 8th
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]If we have a terrible start, then we will face relegation.......we have a relatively easy run up to mid November...after that we have an incredibly tough 10 weeks...we need to be mid table min at that stage as a 'cushion' for the 'winter' challenge....the easy-ish start will allow Koeman to build the team and build confidence....I am optimistic that we will have a strong squad and that we will be much better than WBA, Swansea, Leicester, Burnley, QPR, W Ham, Villa...so we should be aiming for 14th-8th...my prediction is 12th for 2014/5 but hope for 8th Wembley76
  • Score: 2

9:36am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
One thing for sure is that if we do not want to be on the end of a 4-0 deficit to liverpool and have a poor start to the season is get a CB in as absolute Top priority. Defensively we really must be Top drawer as they will try and be rampant first game of the Season.

Although the fans have been divided on some issues - they do agree with need to improve Options for Strike - we need GOALS to be competitive and a proven Goal Scorer in the Prem is a must.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]One thing for sure is that if we do not want to be on the end of a 4-0 deficit to liverpool and have a poor start to the season is get a CB in as absolute Top priority. Defensively we really must be Top drawer as they will try and be rampant first game of the Season. Although the fans have been divided on some issues - they do agree with need to improve Options for Strike - we need GOALS to be competitive and a proven Goal Scorer in the Prem is a must. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 10

9:38am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Welcome Fraser.

Now there's two things you need to remember

- Don't let many goals in.
- If you don't let many goals in this season.... STAY !!

Then we'll get along just fine.
After such a good post - time for your morning Tea and biscuit.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Welcome Fraser. Now there's two things you need to remember - Don't let many goals in. - If you don't let many goals in this season.... STAY !! Then we'll get along just fine.[/p][/quote]After such a good post - time for your morning Tea and biscuit. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 10

9:40am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster. Rising_Son
  • Score: 6

9:42am Mon 11 Aug 14

LeTissLegend says...

Critical that we sign a very solid CB to go alongside Fonte, who looks inspired by being handed the captaincy if Saturday's performance is anything to go by.... Victor was also excellent.
Critical that we sign a very solid CB to go alongside Fonte, who looks inspired by being handed the captaincy if Saturday's performance is anything to go by.... Victor was also excellent. LeTissLegend
  • Score: 14

9:46am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

LeTissLegend wrote:
Critical that we sign a very solid CB to go alongside Fonte, who looks inspired by being handed the captaincy if Saturday's performance is anything to go by.... Victor was also excellent.
With a run of games, Yoshida should be okay. I reckon a good, efficient goal poacher would be more of a priority.
[quote][p][bold]LeTissLegend[/bold] wrote: Critical that we sign a very solid CB to go alongside Fonte, who looks inspired by being handed the captaincy if Saturday's performance is anything to go by.... Victor was also excellent.[/p][/quote]With a run of games, Yoshida should be okay. I reckon a good, efficient goal poacher would be more of a priority. Rising_Son
  • Score: -1

10:00am Mon 11 Aug 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte.

Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest.

The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte. Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest. The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: -2

10:03am Mon 11 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year. costa gaz
  • Score: 6

10:21am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte.

Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest.

The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season.
Before the beginning of last season, it was the likes of you and me and the happy clappers that thought we would push on from the season before. The neggies, like costa gaz, thought different. That is pretty much the same as now, although the ranks of neggies appears to have swelled.

As for last season itself, I agree with you that we didn't punch above our weight. I think we achieved to our level of our squad. We didn't do badly when we had one injury to cope with, we didn't do very well when we had multiple injuries. I think that we will have the same kind of problem this year (except in goal). I don't know where we'll finish this season. It depends on how the new signings (and any future signings) work out, but I don't think we're relegation material, and I'm hoping for at least a top 10 finish. I prefer to remain optimistic.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte. Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest. The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season.[/p][/quote]Before the beginning of last season, it was the likes of you and me and the happy clappers that thought we would push on from the season before. The neggies, like costa gaz, thought different. That is pretty much the same as now, although the ranks of neggies appears to have swelled. As for last season itself, I agree with you that we didn't punch above our weight. I think we achieved to our level of our squad. We didn't do badly when we had one injury to cope with, we didn't do very well when we had multiple injuries. I think that we will have the same kind of problem this year (except in goal). I don't know where we'll finish this season. It depends on how the new signings (and any future signings) work out, but I don't think we're relegation material, and I'm hoping for at least a top 10 finish. I prefer to remain optimistic. Rising_Son
  • Score: 6

10:24am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too. Rising_Son
  • Score: 6

10:37am Mon 11 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season.
what the difference a year makes....
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.[/p][/quote]Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season. what the difference a year makes.... costa gaz
  • Score: 2

10:39am Mon 11 Aug 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
We will make a profit next season when Brenda Rogers see's him and wants him in Liverpool,,,,,,,,orr

ible Scouse get
give it up....
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: We will make a profit next season when Brenda Rogers see's him and wants him in Liverpool,,,,,,,,orr ible Scouse get[/p][/quote]give it up.... RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 3

10:41am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season.
what the difference a year makes....
Come right in! Optimism makes for a bright future!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.[/p][/quote]Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season. what the difference a year makes....[/p][/quote]Come right in! Optimism makes for a bright future! Rising_Son
  • Score: 2

10:41am Mon 11 Aug 14

Winman says...

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I agree with the posts that say we lacked finishing power last season. There were many times when we tried to walk the ball into the net. This, in my view, which I held at the time, was down to Pochettino - the team was great to watch and they could pass to each other for fun, but created loads of chances that simply were not finished.
I saw signs at Brighton that Ron has got the team understanding how the link ups and runs in to space can put players in all the front positions in goal scoring positions. I reckon we could see more goals from JWP, for example and Clyne, in addition to Isgrove and the new boys.
The glass is half full!
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I agree with the posts that say we lacked finishing power last season. There were many times when we tried to walk the ball into the net. This, in my view, which I held at the time, was down to Pochettino - the team was great to watch and they could pass to each other for fun, but created loads of chances that simply were not finished. I saw signs at Brighton that Ron has got the team understanding how the link ups and runs in to space can put players in all the front positions in goal scoring positions. I reckon we could see more goals from JWP, for example and Clyne, in addition to Isgrove and the new boys. The glass is half full! Winman
  • Score: 10

11:06am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte.

Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest.

The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season.
We all know ideally having a player like RICKIE in the squad would have given greater reassurance. We know what has happened with the Board and their decision making of letting players go before we have got another lined up ...

We know that Saints Fans will go APOPLECTIC if we find ourselves the wrong end of the Table instead of pushing on from last year.

The plus for me is we can strengthen in Defence and get another Strike Option - then we start the Season ready to FIGHT and WIN.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Most people were very confident that we would push on from the season before. Some say we punched above our weight last season yet my recollection is one of leaving quite a few points out there due to lack of a striker to convert possession to goals and lack of squad depth when the injuries came. I think we under achieved and that is why most fans felt we were short of a 2nd quality keeper to press Artur and play in his absence, another option up front and a quality CB to replace Fonte. Now I hope I'm wrong but despite the assurances from the Happy Clappers that we were going to replace the departures with better and cheaper players I'm not convinced. We haven't replaced some yet, despite being within a week of the off, and the jury is out on the rest. The board have made a total **** of this summer and it will show in league position this coming season.[/p][/quote]We all know ideally having a player like RICKIE in the squad would have given greater reassurance. We know what has happened with the Board and their decision making of letting players go before we have got another lined up ... We know that Saints Fans will go APOPLECTIC if we find ourselves the wrong end of the Table instead of pushing on from last year. The plus for me is we can strengthen in Defence and get another Strike Option - then we start the Season ready to FIGHT and WIN. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 5

11:10am Mon 11 Aug 14

miltonnroad76 says...

yes great signing but if we dont sign a cb it wont matter who we have up front coz without a dominant cb to play along yoshi or fonte we will concede more than we can score ...im not joining the neggies but this is a must buy situation..imagine fonte injured and hoover being turned inside out- 4 own goals in two seasons isnt down to bad luck.
yes great signing but if we dont sign a cb it wont matter who we have up front coz without a dominant cb to play along yoshi or fonte we will concede more than we can score ...im not joining the neggies but this is a must buy situation..imagine fonte injured and hoover being turned inside out- 4 own goals in two seasons isnt down to bad luck. miltonnroad76
  • Score: 4

11:16am Mon 11 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

miltonnroad76 wrote:
yes great signing but if we dont sign a cb it wont matter who we have up front coz without a dominant cb to play along yoshi or fonte we will concede more than we can score ...im not joining the neggies but this is a must buy situation..imagine fonte injured and hoover being turned inside out- 4 own goals in two seasons isnt down to bad luck.
SPOT ON - Buy a CB as soon as we can.
[quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: yes great signing but if we dont sign a cb it wont matter who we have up front coz without a dominant cb to play along yoshi or fonte we will concede more than we can score ...im not joining the neggies but this is a must buy situation..imagine fonte injured and hoover being turned inside out- 4 own goals in two seasons isnt down to bad luck.[/p][/quote]SPOT ON - Buy a CB as soon as we can. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 3

11:16am Mon 11 Aug 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season.
what the difference a year makes....
I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.[/p][/quote]Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season. what the difference a year makes....[/p][/quote]I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 3

11:35am Mon 11 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?
What about him?
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?[/p][/quote]What about him? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

11:39am Mon 11 Aug 14

TPFKARTSNINZ says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season.
what the difference a year makes....
I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's!
It's not too late to re-join. We still have your memberships details on record & can do you a good deal on membership for this season. There are many incentives to joining, including blind loyalty to the cause, unstinting support for your team, a natural aversion to Neggie Veggies, WUMs & Skunts & the ability to see the wood for the trees.

Sign up now & watch those close-season blues simply disappear!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.[/p][/quote]Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season. what the difference a year makes....[/p][/quote]I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's![/p][/quote]It's not too late to re-join. We still have your memberships details on record & can do you a good deal on membership for this season. There are many incentives to joining, including blind loyalty to the cause, unstinting support for your team, a natural aversion to Neggie Veggies, WUMs & Skunts & the ability to see the wood for the trees. Sign up now & watch those close-season blues simply disappear! TPFKARTSNINZ
  • Score: 1

11:43am Mon 11 Aug 14

J7junctionseven says...

Florin Gardos looks handy.
Go get him Saints!
Florin Gardos looks handy. Go get him Saints! J7junctionseven
  • Score: 7

11:54am Mon 11 Aug 14

lowe esteem says...

In Scotland, they seem to think that Boruc is the better of the two,
make of that what you will, as there could be some English envy in the mix.
In England, this fan feels that one of the two has much more experience, and it's his place to lose.
In Holland, they tell me that Ron will make selections based on form and suitability, and not be influenced by the size of the transfer fee or other outside factors, which is what has happened with his Argentine predecessor.
I respectfully hope this gives him a headache in the future.
In Scotland, they seem to think that Boruc is the better of the two, make of that what you will, as there could be some English envy in the mix. In England, this fan feels that one of the two has much more experience, and it's his place to lose. In Holland, they tell me that Ron will make selections based on form and suitability, and not be influenced by the size of the transfer fee or other outside factors, which is what has happened with his Argentine predecessor. I respectfully hope this gives him a headache in the future. lowe esteem
  • Score: 8

12:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Wembley76 wrote:
Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle..
100% agree with you Wembley

Forster must wait and earn his place, just because he cost a lot of money doesn't mean he is any better than Boruc, so no point unsettling him.
I am not sure that Forster is any better but a good signing all the same to give top competition for the GK spot.

We must concentrate and get the best Goal-scoring STRIKER and the best CB that we can get, we will have to spend must money on these two TOP Quality 'marque' signings if only to change the way Saints are now perceived.

With less than 3 weeks left before the window shuts, we must not panic and waste money on average players, we must improve the quality of the 11 players on the pitch.

Keep at it LES, but a top Quality STRIKER & CENTER-BACK must be your priority in the remaining time that is left.

COYR&WS
[quote][p][bold]Wembley76[/bold] wrote: Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle..[/p][/quote]100% agree with you Wembley Forster must wait and earn his place, just because he cost a lot of money doesn't mean he is any better than Boruc, so no point unsettling him. I am not sure that Forster is any better but a good signing all the same to give top competition for the GK spot. We must concentrate and get the best Goal-scoring STRIKER and the best CB that we can get, we will have to spend must money on these two TOP Quality 'marque' signings if only to change the way Saints are now perceived. With less than 3 weeks left before the window shuts, we must not panic and waste money on average players, we must improve the quality of the 11 players on the pitch. Keep at it LES, but a top Quality STRIKER & CENTER-BACK must be your priority in the remaining time that is left. COYR&WS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 3

12:20pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

J7junctionseven wrote:
Florin Gardos looks handy.
Go get him Saints!
According to Wiki,he was suspended for 10 games, in 2011 for breaking another players leg,although whether that was on the pitch,or outside a night club I don't know.Hope he doesn't have training ground bust ups.
[quote][p][bold]J7junctionseven[/bold] wrote: Florin Gardos looks handy. Go get him Saints![/p][/quote]According to Wiki,he was suspended for 10 games, in 2011 for breaking another players leg,although whether that was on the pitch,or outside a night club I don't know.Hope he doesn't have training ground bust ups. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Mon 11 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Still don't understand why we didn't go for Ochoa. He was a free agent and 10 x the keeper Forster is. It's a farce that Ochoa is now at Malaga.
Still don't understand why we didn't go for Ochoa. He was a free agent and 10 x the keeper Forster is. It's a farce that Ochoa is now at Malaga. camerajuan
  • Score: -5

12:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Sammy2sheds says...

J7junctionseven wrote:
Florin Gardos looks handy.
Go get him Saints!
You've never heard of him before and you have never seen him play.go back to your Roy of the rovers comic.
[quote][p][bold]J7junctionseven[/bold] wrote: Florin Gardos looks handy. Go get him Saints![/p][/quote]You've never heard of him before and you have never seen him play.go back to your Roy of the rovers comic. Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -8

3:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Sammy2sheds wrote:
J7junctionseven wrote:
Florin Gardos looks handy.
Go get him Saints!
You've never heard of him before and you have never seen him play.go back to your Roy of the rovers comic.
Do you mean that Florin Gardos was never heard of before you started giving yourself hundreds of "WUMs up," SammyNoVotes??? Never mind, I'll show you my usual kindness and give you your usual one, honest "WUM up." We can't have you sulking, can we?

Don't forget, when you come from Queensland to sort out all your Saints fan friends, it isn't a right turn at the Isle of Wight! Please remember to bring your white stick!

Peace be with you!!!
[quote][p][bold]Sammy2sheds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J7junctionseven[/bold] wrote: Florin Gardos looks handy. Go get him Saints![/p][/quote]You've never heard of him before and you have never seen him play.go back to your Roy of the rovers comic.[/p][/quote]Do you mean that Florin Gardos was never heard of before you started giving yourself hundreds of "WUMs up," SammyNoVotes??? Never mind, I'll show you my usual kindness and give you your usual one, honest "WUM up." We can't have you sulking, can we? Don't forget, when you come from Queensland to sort out all your Saints fan friends, it isn't a right turn at the Isle of Wight! Please remember to bring your white stick! Peace be with you!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

one in the crowd says...

Quote .............

" Fraser Forster has become the fifth most expensive keeper in world football history after joining Saints from Celtic for £10m. "

Despite having him in your side, I think you'll need at least 3 new players in defence or you'll really suffer this season.
Quote ............. " Fraser Forster has become the fifth most expensive keeper in world football history after joining Saints from Celtic for £10m. " Despite having him in your side, I think you'll need at least 3 new players in defence or you'll really suffer this season. one in the crowd
  • Score: -4

3:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.
Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel.
I think that most fans were excited at the start last season.

I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.
Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.
Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season.
what the difference a year makes....
I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's!
Splitter! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]"Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal." Really? That isn't how I remember it. There were plenty of people on here (including you if I remember correctly) who said that we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem and foreign mercenaries to boot, and that the SPL was such a cr@p league that Wanyama would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Sorry RS not me, I actually predicted a top 7 finish, and thought that all the 3 big signings, especially Wanayama, were going to give us lift off... during the season it was evident that we did not have strength in depth and that was our achilles heel. I think that most fans were excited at the start last season. I have probably said '' we hadn't strengthened enough, that we dragged our feet getting in new players and that they would have time to get bedded in, that our new signings were untested in the prem'' for this coming season, but never last year.[/p][/quote]Well, my memory isn't what it was, so apologies if I got it wrong. But, there were a large number of neggies last year too.[/p][/quote]Hahaha, I actually had one foot in the HC's door last season. what the difference a year makes....[/p][/quote]I was a fully paid up card carrying member of the HC's![/p][/quote]Splitter! :-) Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

5:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Scousers better bring the QE2 with them as they will not beat Him!
Scousers better bring the QE2 with them as they will not beat Him! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -1

6:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Saintade says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks.
Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out.
Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal.

This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.
One thing for sure is that if we do not want to be on the end of a 4-0 deficit to liverpool and have a poor start to the season is get a CB in as absolute Top priority. Defensively we really must be Top drawer as they will try and be rampant first game of the Season.

Although the fans have been divided on some issues - they do agree with need to improve Options for Strike - we need GOALS to be competitive and a proven Goal Scorer in the Prem is a must.
I admire your optimism that we'll only get beaten 4-0 by Liverpool...I think it will be twice that.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Certainly going to see if if he is worth £10m in the coming weeks. Big Vic will have to be immense this season, protecting the central defenders will be vital this season and without Morgan he will have his work cut out. Last season we couldn't wait for the start, Europe was talked about, a top 6 finish was going to be a formality ... everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, convinced this was the real deal. This summer has split the fans like never before, with some saying we are going to be even better and others telling us that we'll be relegated... I think we will have a terrible start and begin to pick up towards the end of the year, finishing lower/mid table.[/p][/quote]One thing for sure is that if we do not want to be on the end of a 4-0 deficit to liverpool and have a poor start to the season is get a CB in as absolute Top priority. Defensively we really must be Top drawer as they will try and be rampant first game of the Season. Although the fans have been divided on some issues - they do agree with need to improve Options for Strike - we need GOALS to be competitive and a proven Goal Scorer in the Prem is a must.[/p][/quote]I admire your optimism that we'll only get beaten 4-0 by Liverpool...I think it will be twice that. Saintade
  • Score: -3

6:27pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Saintade says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
Wembley76 wrote:
Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle..
100% agree with you Wembley

Forster must wait and earn his place, just because he cost a lot of money doesn't mean he is any better than Boruc, so no point unsettling him.
I am not sure that Forster is any better but a good signing all the same to give top competition for the GK spot.

We must concentrate and get the best Goal-scoring STRIKER and the best CB that we can get, we will have to spend must money on these two TOP Quality 'marque' signings if only to change the way Saints are now perceived.

With less than 3 weeks left before the window shuts, we must not panic and waste money on average players, we must improve the quality of the 11 players on the pitch.

Keep at it LES, but a top Quality STRIKER & CENTER-BACK must be your priority in the remaining time that is left.

COYR&WS
£10m on a player? He'll be straight onto the starting lineup mark my words.
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wembley76[/bold] wrote: Boruc has been awesome for us, and has been a key contributor to our 8th position last year....we should not discard him out of hand and continue to stick with him until his form dips...Forster is for the future...our key areas now need to be CB and a partner for Pelle..[/p][/quote]100% agree with you Wembley Forster must wait and earn his place, just because he cost a lot of money doesn't mean he is any better than Boruc, so no point unsettling him. I am not sure that Forster is any better but a good signing all the same to give top competition for the GK spot. We must concentrate and get the best Goal-scoring STRIKER and the best CB that we can get, we will have to spend must money on these two TOP Quality 'marque' signings if only to change the way Saints are now perceived. With less than 3 weeks left before the window shuts, we must not panic and waste money on average players, we must improve the quality of the 11 players on the pitch. Keep at it LES, but a top Quality STRIKER & CENTER-BACK must be your priority in the remaining time that is left. COYR&WS[/p][/quote]£10m on a player? He'll be straight onto the starting lineup mark my words. Saintade
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Block41row0sfc says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote:
What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?
What about him?
Believe he signed for more than £10M which would make the big man the sixth most expensive. Not that it really matters as long as he's great between the sticks.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?[/p][/quote]What about him?[/p][/quote]Believe he signed for more than £10M which would make the big man the sixth most expensive. Not that it really matters as long as he's great between the sticks. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: -3

8:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote:
What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?
What about him?
Believe he signed for more than £10M which would make the big man the sixth most expensive. Not that it really matters as long as he's great between the sticks.
Why aren't goalies as expensive as outfield players?
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: What about Marc Andre Ter Stagen who has just signed for Barcelona?[/p][/quote]What about him?[/p][/quote]Believe he signed for more than £10M which would make the big man the sixth most expensive. Not that it really matters as long as he's great between the sticks.[/p][/quote]Why aren't goalies as expensive as outfield players? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

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