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  1. Dusic

    Nathan Redmond

    Funny how people see football. I like them both but its clear (to me) that Armstrong has clear physical qualities with his acceleration and is direct but of the two Redmond has far superior technical ability as a footballer, i.e first touch, weight of pass etc. In scenario where a ball was fizzed in to a player and they needed a sure touch, or were required to play a pass into a striker...I would back Redmond over Armstrong every time. For me Redmond is a similar type player to Lallana..and has thrived when given a roaming/central role as he can beat a player both sides and has a good shot on him. When you look at comparable players in our area of the league there are few I would take over Redmond, and its noticeable he has gotten better as our team has improved. Very different players and glad to have both.
  2. Dusic

    Nathan Redmond

    Something which is often overlooked IMO is his availability and durability. He doesn't get rested, pretty much always plays the whole game and puts a shift in. Look at most wide players or attacking midfielders since the restart (and even before) - they get subbed frequently, rotated often and in our own examples of Djenepo and Boufal, have missed so many games. Being available is an underrated attribute from fans, but probably not from a Manager. Yes he hasnt been at his best the last two games, but he will be there from the start in the next game and probably the other 3 as well, when if others were more durable we would be able to give him a rest. We have a few issues still that are obvious, Redmond isn't one IMO.
  3. He is excellent on the ball, much better than I expected he would be. Seems to have a great first touch and control that means he plays well in tight areas. On the evidence so far it would be good to keep him, but I fear the only way will be a straight swap for PEH otherwise Spurs will price him out of a move. He will be a starter for someone in the PL next season though, and Levy personally rates him so he may feel he can outlast Mourinho at Spurs.
  4. Certainly seems like classic Saints: - Player has bargain release clause, speaks English and favours a PL move. - Rennes DoF states they want the player, have met the clause but he wants to move to an English speaking league and they won't force someone to join. Move on to other targets. - Saints make a lowball offer rather than paying the release clause - Rennes sense an opportunity and get to work on persuading the player that he should join them. CL football helps. - Saints then agree to meet the clause but in the interim period the player has changed his mind. (Possibly haggling over a bargain release fee doesn't scream ambition to him) - Meanwhile the other choice Disasi knows he wasnt first choice for Saints and gets other offers and is also not available - Saints get a big offer for Vestergaard but have to turn it down as they haven't brought anyone in and only have 2 CBs on the books who they actually want. (Ok, made this bit up).
  5. https://as.com/futbol/2020/07/09/primera/1594247815_770000.html?id_externo_rsoc=comp_tw Salisu to decide between Rennes and Saints imminently after both agree to pay his release clause. He initially preferred an English speaking league but there are still come doubts about his abaility to get a WP. Rennes were seemingly out of the race but can offer CL football next season and have improved their offer to the player. Really hope we get him. When Norwich want £50m for Ben Godrey, to get a highly rated, left footed, English speaking young CB with a years first team football in La Liga for £10m would appear a great deal. Either way, sounds like an end to the speculation is very close and presumably this is the CB we really want, hence the Disasi talks going cold. ------------------- https://www.footmercato.net/a3762748839845722699-reunion-decisive-pour-larrivee-de-mohammed-salisu-a-rennes This says there was a meeting yesterday between Rennes and Salisu's agent which has lead Rennes to be optimistic they can sign him.
  6. https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Transferts-reims-a-repousse-une-offre-de-monaco-pour-axel-disasi/1150976 Says Saints have had a €15m offer on the table for weeks, suggesting player isn't keen. Wonder who we prefer out of Salisu and Disasi? If this is true then we obviously have no financial problem meeting the Salisu clause so if Disasi doesn't want to join amd Salisu seemingly does then hopefully we tie that up rather than miss out on both. -------- Update: Salisu to decide between Saints and Rennes imminently as both agree to pay his release clause: https://as.com/futbol/2020/07/09/primera/1594247815_770000.html?id_externo_rsoc=comp_tw
  7. I don't really see how Forster moves to Celtic any way other than on loan. No way they will get near his wages and no way he will walk away from his contract at Saints, and why should he - Reed was stupid enough to offer it. So its seems odd that the breakdown in talks was supposedly Forster not agreeing to the move because he wants it to be a permanent one. Maybe he feels like he wants another crack at the PL...and all the talk after RH came in was that in training he was the best keeper.
  8. What if none of the other banks wish to lend to you? Or you can get more favourable terms from a private lender? The setup seems purely a way to be able to access the cash.
  9. https://twitter.com/mjshrimper/status/1280541049627213825 @mjshrimper: Pre-Covid, Aussie bank Macquarie was football’s go-to lender but Palace, Boro & Southampton have all paid off loans from them in last few weeks & Sheff Utd have started borrowing from Middle East. The word in the City of London is that Macquarie is getting out of football. -------- Not sure its any more complex than that.
  10. With a release clause of £10m or thereabouts then would have to think if he is our first choice then we would stump up that cash - bargain if the club feel he is good. Young but played a season as a starter in La Liga. Left footed. With Yoshida gone, Vestergaard seemingly going and Danso unlikely to stay it would seem he need two CBs most likely. Aside from Salisu, the other strongest links have been to Disasi, another left sided CB. Same clubs linked as well: Rennes, Everton, Wolves, Arsenal. Would be a shame if we were to miss out and get neither.
  11. Manu Lonjon: Rennes is still advancing on Salisu. File absolutely not closed. The week should be decisive. Rennes clearly in pole. Another report here: https://www.footmercato.net/a6453841254750761428-ca-avance-entre-rennes-et-mohammed-salisu https://le10sport.com/football/mercato/mercato-stade-rennais-nouveau-rebondissement-dans-le-dossier-salisu-509973?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter https://pucelafichajes.com/2020/07/en-francia-senalan-que-el-acuerdo-de-salisu-con-el-rennes-esta-cada-vez-mas-cerca/
  12. Dusic


    Any reason why thats your hunch? He quite clearly went off injured in the Arsenal game. Hasenhuttl has also been extremely complimentary about his attitude since he said he wasnt going to be captain. Sure, he didnt have his best game vs Arsenal, just like many of our players, but he was good and committed versus Norwich. Personally feel there is nothing to suggest other than he is injured. Genuinely injured.
  13. Good to get the win but too many ball recyclers in midfield and too much messing about with the ball at the back. Should have started Long and looked to hit the channels more often to turn their back four around. JWP powderpuff as usual. Spoke to Ron and HT and we both agreed that Danso should have come on for Adams. Haven't spoken to Nigel yet, will give him a bell now.
  14. Dusic


    No, he is injured.
  15. According to the French journalist Manu Lonjon, he is close to an agreement with Rennes - despite apparantly prefering a PL move.
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