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Southampton: The Exodus
Matt (Footytube Staff) 2 years ago
I am being asked a lot these days 'What is going on at Southampton?'. The answer to this question has changed as the transfers keep happening.

It all started really back when Cortese was sacked as chairman as soon as that happened it looked inevitable we would lose Pochettino. So when he left for the ejector seat at Spurs (good luck with that) there was no real surprise although a feeling of disappointment and sleight dread about what this would mean for the team.

As the pre-season has progressed that feeling of sleight dread has in fact turned out to be a total horror show as player after player throw their toy out of the pram and head of for a pay day. here is the current state of affairs:

SOLD! 2/6 Lambert to Liverpool £4mil - Good luck, great servant finishing his career at his boyhood team.

SOLD! 27/6 Shaw to Man Utd £27m rising to £31 - Wow that's a lot of cash, transfer done properly.

SOLD! 1/7 Lallana to Liverpool £25mil - Again a lot of cash, but threatening to go on strike and refusing to hand in an official transfer request (so he does not lose his loyalty bonus) left a bad taste at the end of a great career with us.

SOLD! 27/7 Lovren to Liverpool £20 - Decent return and unlike the above no real ties to Saints and had every right to leave, just keep it off social media eh!

SOLD! 28/7 Chambers to Arsenal around £16mil - Bit of a shock this one, clearly a talented youngster with bags of potential but 16mil!

Current total: £92 million (for a reported outlay of around 9-10mil, 8 of which was on Lovren)

Now notice I say 'current state of affairs' as the rumours keep hitting thick and fast, even today I am reading that ol' Pochettino is planning a £50mil raid for Schneiderlin & Rodriguez. Which I can imagine being confirmed quite soon.

So why is this happening? I think the situation is almost unprecedented sure clubs have had fire sales in the past when faced with money worries but Saints are secure side operating in the Premier league with billionaire owners. The unique thing about this situation is that each and every move has been engineered by the players themselves, the players aren't being sold as much as being set free. If you take any one or possible two of the transfers in isolation you would say they are a good bit of business but all 5 and something starts to stink.

Truth of the matter is players have the power these days and they all want to play for, and this sticks in my throat to say it, a 'big team' (oh god I'm gonna puke). So in my humble opinion you have a perfect storm of players that have had a decent season coupled with big 4 sides that have had disspointing seasons prepared to pay huge transfer fees in an attempt at strengthening.

Where does this leave Southampton? Well it is going to be a very tricky season and I would be very shocked to see us anywhere near 8th place again. Even if the new manager Ronald Koeman (what must he be thinking!) gets to spend that juicy £91mil there is just no time left to build a team ask any Spurs or City fan how throwing £90mil at a side works out.

The overall feeling I am left with is of pure disappointment. This maybe the fan in me talking but Saints were building something special, an English Premier league side with a majority of homegrown players who had been developed by the club not just bought in en masse with the potential to challenge the top clubs. Part of me would love to see a majority of that £91mil stay in the bank and to bring through more players from the academy like Ward-Prowse, Reed, Isgrove and Targett so then if we can't keep our players we can at least keep our ethos.

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Jeroen (Barcelona) 2 years ago
I didn't know Lallana forced his way out like that, disappointing since I really like him. Ricky Lambert fulfills his dream, so I think even the biggest S'ton fan will be happy for him. The others (possible Morgan & Jay to follow) went for a LOT of money, so that's fine. Still, your club has done well to get every penny out of it and you should be OK I think. Often times the players who want to leave are best sold anyway. Perhaps this means you can get more talent in from abroad and, like you said, from your own academy
Matt (Footytube Staff) 2 years ago
It is a very strange situation in that each transfer is a great bit of business, financially speaking.

The CEO has now put out a press release stating Schneiderlin & Rodriguez will not be sold which prompted this outburst by Spiderman on Twitter:

So he is happy then ...
Northstream (Tottenham Hotspur) 2 years ago
I can understand this whole exodus being traumatic for Southampton fans but it's a shame some have turned on Schneiderlin, probably to a great extent caused by his transfer wishes coming at the back of all the others. If he was the only one it might have been a different story but now he instead gets all disgruntled frustrations thrown back at him

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