Southampton: Buy A Centre-Half Fast & Flog Useless Ramirez & Fox

It's been an exciting start for Pochettino's men and despite a recent dip in form, their report card is looking pretty healthy as we go into 2014.
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It's been an exciting start for Pochettino's men and despite a recent dip in form, their report card is looking pretty healthy as we go into 2014.

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What’s going right? The side looks have to a good mix going forward and having had a stunning start to the season, one thing stood out, which was the quality of the young players we have coming through, led by the comparative veteran Adam Lallana, the likes of Ward Prowse and Shaw have shone; and others, like Chambers have given the impression that the future for them is also very bright indeed. Dejan Lovren as well has proven to be a superb signing and has vastly improved the back four, especially when the first choices are available alongside him and he looks a class act.

What’s not? Well the obvious thing to look at is our recent form, no wins in the last six league games now is a concern, but given that included some very tough fixtures, it was not altogether unexpected, but the manners of the defeats against Aston Villa and Spurs were particularly galling and have indicated very strongly that we lack sufficient depth defensively except at right back, and it will be imperative that we find someone to replace the embarrassingly out of his depth Danny Fox at left back to give Luke Shaw some genuine competition and decent cover.

Got the right manager? Absolutely; Pochettino has taken the club from strength to strength this season and has got us playing some terrific football which has worried the best clubs. He has been unafraid and got us to have a go at any team and press them high up the pitch which has seen us win the ball back quickly and surprise teams with our continued energy and fitness. He has been linked with the Spurs job but with the chairman in place, and the vision for the club clear, he would be mad to move on, and I think he knows it.

Star player?  Adam Lallana has been hugely impressive this season, which has led to his first England caps, where he stood out in two disappointing displays. He has led the side admirably and has shown the quality which many Saints fans knew he had from playing in League One and the Championship, but struggled to show last season as he suffered from injuries. Lovren is another that deserves a special mention, as does Luke Shaw, who goes from strength to strength.

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Who would you like to sell in January? Has to be the aforementioned Danny Fox; badly out of his depth and a complete liability anytime he has played this season. Sadly the time may also have come for Gaston Ramirez who doesn’t look interested anymore and has lost even the flashes of quality we had seen previously from him. Given that we could probably get some decent money for him, it may be the time for him to go before his stock drops any further.

Who do you want to sign? Any left back for back up for Shaw, as well as central defensive depth as we look so vulnerable if Lovren or Fonte aren’t playing; I still back Yoshida to come good againbut Hooiveld looks to have bitten off more than he can chew now.

Best chant so far? Just because of his fantastic form this season the old Saints favourite of ’He plays on the left, he plays on the right, Adam Lallana makes Messi look s**te’.

Best opposition player/team you’ve seen? I don’t feel we’ve been outclassed by anyone in particular this season so this is a difficult one, but I’ll go for someone from one of the less fancied teams and say Nathan Redmond at Norwich who was superb in their 1-0 victory early in the season, and looks to have an exciting future ahead of him.

Biggest **** of the season so far? I can’t stand Kevin Nolan; I cannot understand how he’s not booked every game he plays for dissent as his attitude towards referees is appalling, especially for a captain.

Funniest moment of the season so far? Seeing David Moyes and Man United crushed after we secured a fully deserved late point at Old Trafford was fairly enjoyable. I haven’t been impressed with Moyes since he took over at United and feel he conducted himself fairly poorly over the transfer window, putting huge pressure on Everton with ridiculously poor bids for Baines so I enjoyed that.

End of season prediction? I’d be quite happy with mid-table as we’re a young team with huge talent that will have its up and downs. Anything 8th or above would be superb, but I’d settle for, and expect us to be around 10th or 9th.