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  1. It's because we have a finite amount of resources and Bednarek/Vestergaard/Stephens/Salisu is probably the best depth outside of the top four at CB whereas (for example) Walcott/Redmond/Djenepo/Armstrong is looking decidedly average this season and more somewhere we should spend cash. Also our back up fullbacks are out of position CB's or Volkins/Valery. Lets look to spend money there first, attacking mid second, and back up striker maybe third rather than spend in an area where our most hyped summer signing isn't even 3rd choice. Without two CB's most teams look short there, four senior CBs i
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    Ibrahima Diallo

    May come across as controversial as he is such a loyal servant to the club but I think Romeu benefits from the system. Hojbjerg was near the top on a number of metrics last season and is no longer up there and now Romeu is instead. Romeu looks very tidy but I think playing next to Ward-Prowse has that effect on a player. Diallo for me adds something new in his ability to drive with the ball and his ability to pass so I would like to see him integrated more heavily now. He is also only 21 so is likely a way off his peak. He is the one we need to develop. Romeu is excellent back up however.
  3. Salisu is being kept out the team as our CB's are performing at an elite level. We have 4th best goals conceded in the league and 2nd most clean sheets in the league. Salisu clearly came in injured but has been fit for a good while now and will get a run out in the cup. It is not a failure by any means that he hasn't played yet, it is more a success at how well Vestergaard has kicked on this season. The same, I would say, is true of Romeu keeping out Diallo.
  4. You'd think we were in the relegation zone reading this and not sat in 7th, 2pts off the champions league spots. We have been great this season, Bertrand has been very good too. Our weakness is clearly the attacking mid position with Theo being arguably our only consistent performer. Djenepo and Redmond both being poor on the left is why Bertrand isn't looking as threatening there. Also KWP has been very very good so a lot goes through him now, that's fine, Robertson got a lower attacking output when Trent starting getting used more too.
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    Danny Ings

    If Ings said he wasn't signing a new contract I'd sell for 50m in Jan, we aren't getting more than that in the summer with one year on his contract and we are probably bound for mid-table with or without him. I don't see the issue with cashing in early and using Che + Walcott, finishing 11th and banking 50m in the summer which we can reinvest in two quality players (a forward and a good attacking mid) rather than holding him, finishing 8th or 9th, and having to sell him in the summer for 30m as his contract will be run down. If someone offered £75m even if he had signed a new contract I t
  6. Great effort. Excellent from Vestergaard, my man of the match. Also brilliant from KWP, JWP, and Bertrand. I think Romeu has had a couple of off days the last two games and am hoping he gets back to his best as he misplaced a few passes and got caught in possession and put us in a bit of trouble. Also I think Djenepo was pretty ineffective as was Redmond when he came on, I think we should be playing Walcott and Armstrong behind Ings and Adams for now and bring on Djenepo and Redmond when the opposition have tired legs.
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    Obafemi or Adams?

    Adams is the out and out winner. N'lundulu vs Obafemi vs Long becomes the question now to see who gets to be our option off the bench.
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    Injury Watch

    https://saintsmarching.com/2020/11/17/southampton-ings-return-action-saints-ahead-schedule/ Semmens said on TSP that he will be back in December and "10 days ahead of schedule". Wouldn't be surprised to see him on the bench against Brighton, maybe even united.
  9. This really shows the importance of Vestergaard to how we play. A ball playing centerback is essential given that McCarthy has such poor distribution. Hoping Salisu comes good and takes Bednarek's role as he has a good left foot apparently.
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    Anecdotes over evidence, gotcha.
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    Walcott has been good, not denying that, I'd even say better than Redmond with his quality in the final third and linking of play coupled with his desire to track back. This is likely why he is currently getting the nod over Redmond. It is, however, objectively wrong to say Walcott "runs directly at players" and Redmond doesn't when Redmond objectively has more take on attempts than Walcott per min, more successful take ons than Walcott per min, and was top 5 in the entire league last season for it. I'm sorry if facts offend what you reckon from watching, maybe you need to watch closer if you
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    No idea where this myth came from. Redmond had the 5th most successful take on's in the league last season. It's like people are watching a different player. Even this season where he has had a poor start he is 20th in the league for successful take ons per 90, Walcott is 57th and Djenepo is 23rd.
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    Injury Watch

    Wonderkid who played for Birmingham. In the summer got a move to Dortmund and Birmingham were so enamoured with the 17 year old they retired his squad number, which they were widely mocked for.
  14. It's weird how when players perform for Celtic people always say "well its a crap league, these performances are meaningless" but the last few players we signed from Scotland have all gone on to be superb additions to our team (Armstong, VvD, Wanyama, Forster, Davis). Seems like the Scottish league is underrated as a proving ground for quality.
  15. Heard it suggested we could give Redmond a go up top. We could see: McCarthy Stephens Bednarek Vestergaard KWP JWP Romeu Armstrong Walcott/Djenepo Adams Redmond
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