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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!!?

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. I'd be looking at Clyne of the two. Think he could be 5.0 though...

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Nailed. On.

      Fox is average and Clyne played every game last year.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  2. SW6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    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

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. R9 needs to be in there.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. SW6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Kahn out

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Schmeichel, Zoff, Banks Friedel and many many more better goalies than him

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. Friedel :shock:

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
          1. Top goalie, why do you think he can play in the Premiership into his 40's? kahn couldn't

            • 9 months, 28 days 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.

              • 9 months, 28 days 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.

                • 9 months, 28 days ago
                  • 9 months, 28 days ago
                1. Kahn was at his peak at best an excellent shot stopper.

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

                  • 9 months, 28 days ago
              2. Too small and very slow when he got old. should of done yoga

                • 9 months, 28 days ago
                1. At his best he was a brilliant keeper.

                  • 9 months, 28 days ago
            2. VDS > Friedel.

              • 9 months, 28 days ago
              1. Neither of them are anywhere near the best GK of all time.

                • 9 months, 28 days ago
                1. I should probably add IMO...

                  • 9 months, 28 days ago
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                2. This was my point there are a host of options better than Kahn. Its a joke he is suggested as best ever keeper.

                  • 9 months, 28 days ago
      2. SW6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    3. I would find spots for both Ronaldos. Other than that, spot on.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    4. cafu out demel in for me

      • 9 months, 28 days 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.

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Thierry Henry. He was even incredible at warming up.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Charlie George

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. I'd put George Best ahead of him

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. This is who we've seen in the flesh though.

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
          1. ;-) at The Baseball Ground

            • 9 months, 28 days ago
    3. CR7 or Messi. i'm young :-)

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    4. bergkamp/zola/18 year old owen

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    5. Scholes

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  4. Does anyone know how the "Influence, Creativity and Threat" stats on the members area are worked out?

    • 9 months, 28 days 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 :)

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. He's already there.

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. Can't get enough Ronaldo's

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
      2. 2 Ronaldos :shock:

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
      3. you think he'll be in the prem?

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. I'd give up all my Rvp's, Bale's, Michu's and Baines' to see it

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Coleman?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. YES. And Oviedo :)

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Kaca? Navas?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Kaca! Yes thank you, I probably won't get Nevas unless he's cheap though. Little goal threat.

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
  6. what game is showing on BBC for the Tennis now?

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Is this the ultimate in laziness?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Can anyone find the z button on my laptop?

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. z......z.........z....zz......hmmmmm......no, no sign of it!

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
        2. I think you already found it :)

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
      2. you were being lazy by not telling me :-)

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Murray vs Robredo.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. thank you, hows it going

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Good bench player if only he knew how to balance beer and food with exercise.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  7. Who was then best and worst ever player in each position?

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Can you broaden the question a bit?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. SW6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        :lol:

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Santos.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Forgot about Santos. I take back my comment below.

        • 9 months, 28 days 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.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. What a name :lol:

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
          • 9 months, 28 days ago
          1. skidmarks :-)

            • 9 months, 28 days 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.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Bramble must have had the luckiest ever Premiership run of years. Concentration ability of a goldfish.

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
  8. Is there a Tour de France League set up, please? :-)

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Cue Lance inserts here^

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
        • 9 months, 28 days ago
      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. yes i just created my team ...which site are u playing on?velogames right?do share a minileague code?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    3. It's all a set up ;)

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    4. GlaxoSmithKline are giving the best prizes. But I think,

      AstraZeneca have the best, scoring. ;)

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  9. René Higuita

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. José Luis Chilavert

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Gonzalo Higuaín

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    3. Je suis un rockstar

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    4. Argelico F**ks -yes its a footballer's name ;)

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    5. No sticky?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    6. I don't get it! :-)

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. Don't worry bro, nobody does. Every body's talking sh!t

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
        1. I see......................

          • 9 months, 28 days ago
  10. Manchester United have agreed a fee with PSV for Kevin Strootman.

    Lovely acquisition by the Red Devils.

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Bye Anderson.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. Source?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    3. I wish they'd develop young English talent rather than buying foreign youngsters though. Damaging to England's future chances...

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. F**k it. I don't care once united do well :-)

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
      2. C'mon Joey Barton

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
    4. Lovely. He won't get first team play if we get Thiago though will he? where exactly in midfieald does he play?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    5. Lol you make it sound like a done deal. Just another tedious transfer rumour. He's pretty overrated

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. :shock: Demi has spoken!

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
      2. JKi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        The source is clearly Sean, wash your mouth Demi :P

        BTW, sent you an e-mail, no cheating now :P

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

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
  11. *Wikipedia experiences a spike in activity*

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
  12. Shame City didn't get Isco. looks a better prospect even than Hazard.

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Would have been good to see him in the Prem.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
    2. I don't think City need Isco, and hazard is better than him.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  13. Has Snake Juice been on here lately?

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Maybe having summer Holiday COMH. I've not seen him in the DZ for a bit.

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
      1. He was playing TWS but not seen him the past week or so. Maybe he is away somewhere.

        • 9 months, 28 days ago
  14. Good signing if it happens. Arsenal should of got him rather than Podolski. Better player covering the same positions.

    • 9 months, 28 days ago
    1. Who's that? Charlie George?

      • 9 months, 28 days ago
  15. JKi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    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?

    • 9 months, 28 days 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?

    • 9 months, 28 days ago

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