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Maya Yoshida - Loaned to Sampdoria

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Looks like he's off to Sampdoria for the rest of his Saints contract. Gutted we won't get to say goodbye to one of the big characters of the 2010s for Saints.

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Seemed a nice guy, always put effort in, but ultimately was not a very good player, average at best.

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Seemed a nice guy, always put effort in, but ultimately was not a very good player, average at best.

 

Average at best, but still think he is one of our better, if not our best, current central defender. I really hope that Stephens' recent improvement is permanent rather than temporary...

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Met him in hospitality after the Leicester game. He was the player with the courage and humility to say sorry. Shame it was his last Saints league game: I always felt he gave everything for the club.

 

All the best, Maya.

 

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It was just on Skysports news now saying Maya going to Sampdoria on loan till end of the season. Maya has always been a top pro and done a good job for us. Sad to see him leave :(

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People may see this as an unnecessary weakening of the squad, but let's be honest - he wasn't likely to feature much, if at all, between now and the end of the season when his contract is up anyway. To me it makes more sense to get some kind of fee and his wages off the books now than wait til July and get nothing for a player whose contribution is likely to have been close to zero in that time.

 

Anyway, despite his limitations, I did admire his professionalism. Seems he was a good character to have around and did lots of positive stuff for the community. As a player he was never more than adequate, and even that would take a long run of games to get to (which he certainly wasn't going to get this season), but I wish him well.

 

Arigato Yoshida-San.

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Good servant, nice guy, but this much needed squad overhaul appears to be finally beginning.

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Always liked him as a player. Been a good servant and its a pity it's so last minute that he didn't get a send off at St Mary's.

However given he wasn't likely to play and we've got 5 centre backs it makes complete sense to shift one out now that we don't play 5 at the back.

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This I was not expecting! Wow leaves us short at CB. Good luck to Maya... was never going to be the best centre back ever but a loyal servant and plugged gaps when needed. And he did improve as he aged. Sad about this one.

 

Surely someone else in?

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Deserved an opportunity to say goodbye.

 

Played in some of our finest recent teams, a key element of the sides that came 8th, 7th and 6th in consecutive seasons. The league cup final, the San Siro, unlikely yet occasionally excellent goals...... A tireless professional who deserves the greatest of respect.

 

Good luck Yoshi, may we have the chance to see you soon.

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His performance at Anfield in the League Cup semi; with a rookie Jack Stevens next to him, was one of the greatest Centre Half displays I've seen from a Saints player.

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Top servant, solid player. Brilliant alongside VVD and helped us after he left too. Several important goals, he'll be missed. Good luck to him

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Top servant, solid player. Brilliant alongside VVD and helped us after he left too. Several important goals, he'll be missed. Good luck to him

 

+1

 

 

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Put him on the banner.

 

Come off it. The banner is for some of the greatest players in our history, not Maya ****ing Yoshida.

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Really hoped he'd maintain a decent level and make it to 2022 for his testimonial. Should see him at the end of season walk round the pitch to say goodbye.

 

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Top servant, solid player. Brilliant alongside VVD and helped us after he left too. Several important goals, he'll be missed. Good luck to him

 

Completely agree Adrian.

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He’s become a real symbol of how saints have declined in recent years.

 

Gone from being back up to Fonte and Van Dijk, to backup to Bednarek and Stephens.

 

I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but never been good enough.

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Top servant, solid player. Brilliant alongside VVD and helped us after he left too. Several important goals, he'll be missed. Good luck to him

 

This. More or less.

 

I'm a big fan of his, and love what he did for us. The romantic in me wants him to stay and get a testimonial.

 

However he's down the pecking order now, and clearly not getting another deal, so best all round for him to move on.

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Sad day. So what happens when Stephens or Bednarek get injured?

 

Vestergaard comes in, like he did at palace in our last league game.

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Vestergaard comes in, like he did at palace in our last league game.

 

Yep and he could have a gifted them a goal and a lead. Palace fans on the way back from the game thought it would have been a very different contest if they had taken that chance.

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Yep and he could have a gifted them a goal and a lead. Palace fans on the way back from the game thought it would have been a very different contest if they had taken that chance.

 

But he didn’t and was fine after that.

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But he didn’t and was fine after that.

 

It was a horrendous mistake either way. And his form all season has been erratic at best.

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It was a horrendous mistake either way. And his form all season has been erratic at best.

 

Exactly!!! Can't believe people are happy with stephens Bednarek and vestergaard as our only CBs!!!

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It was a horrendous mistake either way. And his form all season has been erratic at best.

 

So has Yoshida’s.

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Come off it. The banner is for some of the greatest players in our history, not Maya ****ing Yoshida.

 

I might be wrong but I’d assume that comment was meant to be taken with a pinch of salt

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Always respected him as a player but he clearly wasn't in Ralph's plans. Will hopefully go towards freeing up some money.

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Seems like a model pro, genuinely nice guy and someone who always gave his all whenever he pulled the shirt on. More than good enough as back up during his time here. I'll miss him but at 32 I think we've seen the best of him. Good luck Yoshi!

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We are down to 3 senior cb's now. It's like the club thinks safety is guaranteed. Absolutely laughable.

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We are down to 3 senior cb's now. It's like the club thinks safety is guaranteed. Absolutely laughable.
Danso hasn't gone back.

 

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Good luck and thanks Yoshi...a true pro. Yes, he was not in the same league as VVD or TA, but he did have enough quality about him to make a stab at PL football...more so than other CB’s who have ended up relegated.

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Well I liked Yoshida. Even though there was a mistake in him he was a model professional, worked his socks off, great ethic, good servant to the community and representative of the club...and he was a solid CB with a goal threat for headers too. Captain of his country for 100 caps. Class act. The kind of player we need more of not less of.

 

Best of luck Yoshi and thank you.

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Feels a bit like the end of an era.

Is it only JWP now from the promotion era?

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Is it only JWP now from the promotion era?
Think so, yes.

 

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Is it only JWP now from the promotion era?

 

Unless you include Kelvin on the staff.

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Unless you include Kelvin on the staff.

 

Stephens was also a reserve player during the prem promotion season

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Stephens was also a reserve player during the prem promotion season

 

Good shout, in that case Sims and Hesketh we’re both here as youngsters too. And McQueen.

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Looks like he's off to Sampdoria for the rest of his Saints contract. Gutted we won't get to say goodbye to one of the big characters of the 2010s for Saints.

 

Sad to see Yoshida go. Of the many loyal land very useful Saints players who probably spent more time on the bench than on the pitch, for me he ranks highly. Maya, I'm sorry we possibly won't see you playing for us again - unless called for in an emergency - but I would love to see you on the last day or the season with the rest of the squad, parading around the ground so that we can say thank you. Thanks for the blocks in front of goal and thanks for some important goals. Good luck for the rest of your career, mate.

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