***Finding Our Way*** To say the club is in complete disarray might be both overstating & oversimplifying the issues at hand, but without a doubt the club has problems that need to be addressed. Players need to be moved on, shipped out, welcomed back & brought in.
Adam Leitch, in his interview with Ralph Krueger, was able to draw out that Saints got away from their transfer strategy of moving players on last summer, cue VVD drama. The Southampton way, in my mind, & I think in the minds of others, was something that meant we were to see Saints develop players in the academy & bring them through to the first team. But, According to Kruger recently, it also means that when we bring players in, it is likely for a two or three year term, before they are allowed to move on, whether that's to a bigger club or for more cash.
Shaw, Lallana, Mane, the Ox, Chambers, VVD, Pelle & more have all made big money moves. You can chuck Bale in there too, even though he only went to Spurs initially (that was for you, Josh). A return to that would not be the worst thing, in my mind. Take Bertrand for instance. He's given the club a number of years after being frozen out at bigger clubs. He's versatile & one of, if not the, best English Left Back in the league (bias, yeah, probably). But, there are moments when he didn't show up this year, when he switched off. When the team was playing well, under Koeman, especially, he was fantastic. If he moves, & gets into a team where he feels he is valued & that plays to his strengths, he'll thrive. He'll want to be there, & we'll all see the Bertrand of old.
Additionally, players like Bertrand moving on will open the door for guys like Targett to have an impact and establish themselves in the team.
It might not be the pathway we want, but it's likely the pathway we need if we are going to right ourselves and continue to move forward after this season.
What do you think? How would you address the issue? Is there a way to sign great players AND force them to stay?
Until next time,
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