June
28

Having played just a single FA Cup match prior to the previous campaign, it’s fair to say little was expected of Luke Shaw upon Southampton’s return to the top-flight. A product of the club’s youth academy, he looked firmly behind Danny Fox in the left-back pecking order but after climbing off the bench towards the end of the Gameweek 10 defeat at West Brom, the youngster soon established himself as a first-team regular.

Initially selected by Nigel Adkins and subsequently under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, Shaw went on to start 22 of the Saints’ remaining 28 league matches, with only a couple of minor knocks and a brief illness limiting his game time over the rest of the season. A series of consistent displays and comparisons with fellow-Southampton academy graduate Gareth Bale already have the suitors circling but, despite being linked with the likes of Chelsea and United, the teenager is expected to remain at St Mary’s as Pochettino’s side look to better last term’s 14th place finish.

Key Factors

  • Analysing Southampton’s defensive displays, the stats highlight how they gradually improved under both managers last season. The first 10 Gameweeks under Adkins saw the Saints concede 28 times, while the following 12 matches harvested 12 goals against before Pochettino took over. The Argentine’s installation saw his side take a step backwards, shipping 11 goals in six games, before his high pressing game proved dividend, with just nine goals against in the final 10 Gameweeks. With Pochettino’s future looking assured, the Saints could well benefit from less chopping and changing at the helm next time round.

  • Ultimately, with 60 goals against in 2012/13, Southampton were one of the poorest overall backlines. Given that only four defences conceded more goals, it’s fair to assume that they will remain in the budget bracket across the Fantasy games – a price of 4.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) looks on the cards for Shaw and, with new boy Dejan Lovren adding plenty quality at centre-half, the Saints could prove strong value at the back next time round.

  • While the likes of Lovren and keeper Artur Boruc offer up alternatives at the back, Southampton’s 4-2-3-1 system and high pressing game seems tailor made for both Shaw and fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne to forage forward and offer plenty pace, width and creativity from deep. Granted, he failed to produce any attacking returns last term but, having grown accustomed to the rigours of the Premier League, Shaw may well be set to justify the level of interest shown by many of the top-flight’s elite.

  • Delving deeper into the defensive data, Shaw’s presence at the back made a considerable difference to the Saints’ resilience. They conceded 37 goals in the 16 matches without him in the first XI, or 2.3 goals per game, compared to just 23 goals against in the left-back’s 22 starts – just over one goal a game conceded; a substantial difference which bodes well for his game time over the season ahead.

  • The opening fixtures have fallen firmly in Pochettino’s favour as he looks to get off to a strong start. Having already engineered home wins over the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool during his short spell in charge, the Argentine will be buoyed by a schedule which hands his side seven enticing opening fixtures (SUN, WHM, CPL, SWA, FUL, HUL, AVL) at St Mary’s. As mentioned in one of our recent rotation articles, pairing Shaw with a West Ham backline option looks a viable tactic over the first few months of the campaign.

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  1. Do we think Clyne & Shaw will be nailed on next term?

    I know Cork played a few games at RB, not sure if they have other alternatives!?

    At LB they have Fox(again are there any others!?) who may get some game time

    Out of the two I would think Clyne would play more games, is Pocchetino likely to play a 17 year old all season!!?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. I'd be looking at Clyne of the two. Think he could be 5.0 though...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Nailed. On.

      Fox is average and Clyne played every game last year.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  2. SW6

    Moving pretty slow today on here. Away from FPL: any changes people would make to my All-time XI?

    --------------Kahn--------------------
    Cafu--Moore--Baresi--Maldini(c)
    -----------Beckenbauer
    Maradona-----------------Cruyff
    --------------Zidane---------------
    -------Pele----------Messi

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. R9 needs to be in there.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. SW6

        Almost put him in but couldn't decide who would drop out. He can be an impact sub 😉

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Kahn out

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Schmeichel, Zoff, Banks Friedel and many many more better goalies than him

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Friedel 😯

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. Top goalie, why do you think he can play in the Premiership into his 40's? kahn couldn't

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. Kahn retired at 39, played for Bayern and Germany and won the Euro's, CL and reached the world cup final.

              And he was a better keeper.

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
              1. And playing the longest does make you the best. It means you can maintain a good level for longer. But his best level and Kahn's best level are not the same.

                • 2 years, 1 day ago
                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
                1. Kahn was at his peak at best an excellent shot stopper.

                  With respect I don't think this is your specialist subject.

                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
              2. Too small and very slow when he got old. should of done yoga

                • 2 years, 1 day ago
                1. At his best he was a brilliant keeper.

                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
            2. VDS > Friedel.

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
              1. Neither of them are anywhere near the best GK of all time.

                • 2 years, 1 day ago
                1. I should probably add IMO...

                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
                2. This was my point there are a host of options better than Kahn. Its a joke he is suggested as best ever keeper.

                  • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. SW6

        Yeah GK is a tough one. Could have gone Buffon or one of the older types like Yashin or Banks

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. I would find spots for both Ronaldos. Other than that, spot on.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. cafu out demel in for me

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  3. Similar to SW6, and away from FPL. Who is the best player that you have seen in the flesh?

    Cristiano Ronaldo or Del Piero for me.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Thierry Henry. He was even incredible at warming up.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Charlie George

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. I'd put George Best ahead of him

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. This is who we've seen in the flesh though.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. 😉 at The Baseball Ground

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. CR7 or Messi. i'm young :-)

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. bergkamp/zola/18 year old owen

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    5. Scholes

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  4. Does anyone know how the "Influence, Creativity and Threat" stats on the members area are worked out?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  5. The pool of players I'm choosing from:

    Goalkeepers:
    Boruc, Marshall, Mannone/Westwood, Ruddy, Guzan, anyone 4.5m or less.

    Defenders:
    Ivan/Luiz/Cole, Kaboul, Shaw/Clyne, all 4.0m, most 4.5m

    Midfielders:
    Bale, Mata/Hazard/Lampard, HeMan, Coutinho, Kagawa, Nolan, Snodgrass, Koren, Brady, Jarvis, Ramirez, Mirallas, Silva, Walcott, Cazorla, Dempsey.

    Forwards:
    RVP, Higuain, RVW, Carroll, Rooney, Aguero(reluctantly), Dzeko, Tottenham forward, Chelsea forward, Any below 5.5m(hull/palace/cardiff striker), Ronaldo

    I think that's everyone... Is there anyone you would personally add to that list? I'm avoiding 5.0m defenders from mid table teams though, so none of those :)

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. He's already there.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Can't get enough Ronaldo's

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. 2 Ronaldos 😯

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      3. you think he'll be in the prem?

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. I'd give up all my Rvp's, Bale's, Michu's and Baines' to see it

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. YES. And Oviedo :)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Kaca? Navas?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Kaca! Yes thank you, I probably won't get Nevas unless he's cheap though. Little goal threat.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  6. what game is showing on BBC for the Tennis now?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Is this the ultimate in laziness?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Can anyone find the z button on my laptop?

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. z......z.........z....zz......hmmmmm......no, no sign of it!

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
        2. I think you already found it :)

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. you were being lazy by not telling me :-)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Murray vs Robredo.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. thank you, hows it going

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Good bench player if only he knew how to balance beer and food with exercise.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  7. Who was then best and worst ever player in each position?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Can you broaden the question a bit?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. SW6

        😆

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Santos.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Forgot about Santos. I take back my comment below.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Worst ever left back was andrew skidmore from my under 11 - 15's village team. Every time a ball came over the top he would flick his heel up behind him in the hope of catching. Not once did I see it work. He was the reason I was moved from centre forward to sweeper.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. What a name 😆

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. skidmarks :-)

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. I mean pick 2 players for each position (Keeper, Defender, Mids, forwards). One being the best in that position the other being the worst.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Bramble must have had the luckiest ever Premiership run of years. Concentration ability of a goldfish.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  8. Is there a Tour de France League set up, please? :-)

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Cue Lance inserts here^

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. yes i just created my team ...which site are u playing on?velogames right?do share a minileague code?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. It's all a set up 😉

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. GlaxoSmithKline are giving the best prizes. But I think,

      AstraZeneca have the best, scoring. 😉

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  9. René Higuita

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. José Luis Chilavert

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Gonzalo Higuaín

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Je suis un rockstar

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Argelico F**ks -yes its a footballer's name 😉

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    5. No sticky?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    6. I don't get it! :-)

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Don't worry bro, nobody does. Every body's talking sh!t

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. I see......................

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
  10. Manchester United have agreed a fee with PSV for Kevin Strootman.

    Lovely acquisition by the Red Devils.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Bye Anderson.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Source?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. I wish they'd develop young English talent rather than buying foreign youngsters though. Damaging to England's future chances...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. F**k it. I don't care once united do well :-)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. C'mon Joey Barton

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Lovely. He won't get first team play if we get Thiago though will he? where exactly in midfieald does he play?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    5. Lol you make it sound like a done deal. Just another tedious transfer rumour. He's pretty overrated

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. 😯 Demi has spoken!

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. The source is clearly Sean, wash your mouth Demi 😛

        BTW, sent you an e-mail, no cheating now 😛

        I might send an update though, I forgot about you bringing Cannavaro in

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  11. *Wikipedia experiences a spike in activity*

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  12. Shame City didn't get Isco. looks a better prospect even than Hazard.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Would have been good to see him in the Prem.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. I don't think City need Isco, and hazard is better than him.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  13. Has Snake Juice been on here lately?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Maybe having summer Holiday COMH. I've not seen him in the DZ for a bit.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. He was playing TWS but not seen him the past week or so. Maybe he is away somewhere.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  14. Good signing if it happens. Arsenal should of got him rather than Podolski. Better player covering the same positions.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Who's that? Charlie George?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  15. A little more on Dzeko.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/game-manchester-citys-new-starter-4729520

    Obviously its just speculation, but Brennan is one of the most reliable around when it comes to City and he seems to think Dzeko will start, which means he'll be the central striker, he's not exactly cut out to be a winger is he?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  16. New Article Posted
  17. ack there is wayyyy to many articles on here during the off season! I've only been away for like 2 weeks...is there a way to categorize articles by type?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago

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