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!!?

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Nailed. On.

      Fox is average and Clyne played every game last year.

      • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. R9 needs to be in there.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. SW6

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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Kahn out

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Schmeichel, Zoff, Banks Friedel and many many more better goalies than him

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Friedel :shock:

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

            • 1 year, 1 month 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.

              • 1 year, 1 month 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.

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
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                1. Kahn was at his peak at best an excellent shot stopper.

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

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

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
                1. At his best he was a brilliant keeper.

                  • 1 year, 1 month ago
            2. VDS > Friedel.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. Neither of them are anywhere near the best GK of all time.

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
                1. I should probably add IMO...

                  • 1 year, 1 month 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.

                  • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. SW6

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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. I would find spots for both Ronaldos. Other than that, spot on.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. cafu out demel in for me

      • 1 year, 1 month 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.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Thierry Henry. He was even incredible at warming up.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Charlie George

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I'd put George Best ahead of him

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. This is who we've seen in the flesh though.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. ;-) at The Baseball Ground

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. CR7 or Messi. i'm young :-)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. bergkamp/zola/18 year old owen

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Scholes

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

    • 1 year, 1 month 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 :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. He's already there.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Can't get enough Ronaldo's

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. 2 Ronaldos :shock:

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      3. you think he'll be in the prem?

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

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Coleman?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. YES. And Oviedo :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Kaca? Navas?

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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. what game is showing on BBC for the Tennis now?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Is this the ultimate in laziness?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Can anyone find the z button on my laptop?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. z......z.........z....zz......hmmmmm......no, no sign of it!

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
        2. I think you already found it :)

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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Murray vs Robredo.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. thank you, hows it going

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. Who was then best and worst ever player in each position?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Can you broaden the question a bit?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. SW6

        :lol:

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Santos.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Forgot about Santos. I take back my comment below.

        • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. What a name :lol:

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. skidmarks :-)

            • 1 year, 1 month 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.

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

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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Cue Lance inserts here^

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. It's all a set up ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. GlaxoSmithKline are giving the best prizes. But I think,

      AstraZeneca have the best, scoring. ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. René Higuita

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. José Luis Chilavert

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Gonzalo Higuaín

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Je suis un rockstar

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Argelico F**ks -yes its a footballer's name ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. No sticky?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. I don't get it! :-)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Don't worry bro, nobody does. Every body's talking sh!t

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. I see......................

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. Manchester United have agreed a fee with PSV for Kevin Strootman.

    Lovely acquisition by the Red Devils.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Bye Anderson.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Source?

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

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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. C'mon Joey Barton

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

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. :shock: Demi has spoken!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. 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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. *Wikipedia experiences a spike in activity*

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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Would have been good to see him in the Prem.

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. Has Snake Juice been on here lately?

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

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

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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Who's that? Charlie George?

      • 1 year, 1 month 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?

    • 1 year, 1 month 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?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

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