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  1. Once again he shows us why he so invaluable and indispensible to our club and why Ralph loves him. The way he has been messed about in and out of the team under various managers, most players would just want away but Oriol rarely displays any signs of dissent or unhappiness with his lot, works ever harder so that he is ready when he is called, always has a smile on his face and his sheer professionalism must be an inspiration to all the young players. Of course he makes errors but who doesn't and of course he can at times be a car crash waiting to happen when his enthusiasm gets the better of him but on a day like yesterday when there was nowhere to hide and the chips were down the guy played a blinder and turned in a near word class performance. Perhaps if a few clubs were queuing up for his signature a few more of the naysayers on her might fully appreciate his worth.
  2. Could not disagree more with any of this. The lad has played only 3 games or so for us, he's settling in nicely and his confidence is growing in every match. The first job of a right back is to defend and he has already shown that he can do that in spades. He reads the game well and is fast on his feet. Sterling was nowhere to be seen yesterday apart from that one shot at McCarthy. You talk about him not getting forward. Were you not watching when he ran forwards late in the second half to drop a pin-point cross onto Ings foot? Who is asking questions about his physicality and strength exactly? Yesterday he was in the thick of it, got battered more than once but just got up and got on with it. Levy will ask top dollar especially with the lad turning in a top performance on national TV but we can always walk away. He needs the money more than you might think and Hojberg is a strong bargaining point..
  3. Very well done Ralph. Nice to see Linekar & Co lost for words
  4. Ralph did brilliantly at his press conference, absolutely outstanding. No wonder hacks are queuing up to hear what he has to say and to ask questions. Good natured, never bristles and never ducks awkward or clumsy questions. We are very lucky to have him. Moments to savour.
  5. 4-0 v Liverpool. Looks like City intend to start next season on the front foot by humiliating their only rivals at the end of this one. Let's not be stupid enough to assume that the Bindippers took their collective feet off the gas - "nothing to play for" crap - City looked good and we could be in for a torrid time on Sunday. Ralph has been so focussed on getting to 40 points that some players might assume that the season's goals have been met.
  6. This lad looks a tremendous prospect and is clearly intelligent, hard working and determined to learn. He seems to have a very good attitude and its great that he has committed his future to the Saints. From what I've seen of him in the U23's and his debut cameo appearance against the Canaries we may have a player on our hands. Seems to be very alive to what is going on around him and against Norwich found good positions off the ball and nearly scored on his debut. One day the Academy will produce another star and Nathan Tella might well be the one.
  7. In reality it is not a binary choice as the OP has presented it, we should discard them both, neither has stepped up to the plate. We need more from a striker than pace and energy. Of the two, Adams seems to me to be the more skilful and gets his head up more than Obafemi. Adams used to knock them in for fun at the Brummie's so what are the coaches doing or not doing that has caused his goal drought? Don't give me the Championship v PL gulf crap either, many of the games against sides in the bottom third are of a no better standard than a Championship match.
  8. As Ralph said of Liverpool, you win things through consistency as well as skill. If we played every game as we did on Sunday then it would be possible with other results going our way. Sadly, we are not consistent enough to secure 8th place. We are a work in progress still.
  9. Yep! Agree exactly. Best we have at the moment. There's a good chance of getting something out of this match. I will take a punt on 1-2 to Saints!
  10. No "if only's", this was a superb team performance and suddenly anything seems possible. Isn't it great to see the new found team spirit and everyone playing with a smile on their faces? Amazing what self belief can do. Perhaps contract renewal time and shop windows might also have had a little to do with it. Of course Danny Ings was the star of the show but what great performances from our fringe players, Romeu, Vestergaard & Walker-Peters who totally eclipsed their rivals for positions Hojberg, Stevens & Valery. We looked a much better balanced and more skilful side with this line-up and Ralph must think carefully before he even considers reverting to his preferred line up. Oriol Romeu has always seemed to me to be an indispensable part of our team, I've never really understood why he isn't a first team regular and yesterday he showed what a huge loss he would be if he were to leave. OK, OK, sometimes he can be a car crash waiting to happen but his performance yesterday showed that he can be committed but disciplined which shows how players can iron out their mistakes. Just give him a new two-year contract Ralph. How impressive was Walker-Peters, surely we will sign him on full time as part of a Hojberg deal? Lets face it who could we get that's any better for the sort of small change that we are likely to have to spend in August. He also comes across as a very likeable lad. Danny Ings may well win the golden boot and get called up for England. Both events scare the poo out of me, I cannot see our owners - greedy & skint - turning down offers of £80+m even if the lad loves it here. People are starting to take notice of us again and that can only lead to troubles ahead. Maybe we are OK for next season but just suppose Ralph breaks into the top six.
  11. You should be ashamed to have posted this.
  12. This is not a five minute problem that can simply be brushed under the table and forgotten about because it is inconvenient for people like you who seem totally oblivious to the plight and feelings of the socially and economically disadvantaged minority groups who are our fellow countrymen. Shame on you! Try to think about it from their perspective when pontificating from the comfort of your middle class retirement
  13. There are no obvious standout players in the bottom six with maybe the exception of Tim Krul that would improve our squad. Norwich, Bournemouth and West Ham look the most likely for the drop but a new goal keeper while desirable clearly is not a priority. Norwich 'though financed by parachute payments seem good enough to come back up at the first attempt so probably will not be selling any of their better players. Bournemouth are at the end of a cycle and will need to re-group and start again with youngsters while West Ham just seem to stumble from one financial mess to another, buying expensive over-rated misfits that never seem to match expectations. Can't see Ralph looking in this directions at all.
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