Southampton FC 2020 Summer Transfer Window Report Card

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Nostalgia is a reactionary impulse and that’s exactly what Southampton FC did in bringing Theo Walcott back. Walcott, 31, now returns to his youth academy club, but he’s definitely not the same guy who left the south coast club for 5 million GBP to join Arsenal in 2006.

He’ll score some goals and sell a lot of shirts, but this deadline day signing is not the way for Saints to press forward. Let’s take a look at the rest of the transfer business; fee amounts in Euros.

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Southampton FC Additions:

Midfielder Ibrahima Diallo from Stade Brest (15m), left back Max Lowe from Derby (undisclosed), defender Ethan Ampadu (loan), Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham (loan move becomes permanent, 13.3m), Mohamed Salisu from Real Valldolid (12m), Theo Walcott (loan from Everton)

Southampton FC Subtractions:

Midfielder Harrison Reed to Fulham (9m), defender Mario Lemina to Fulham (loan), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham (16.6m), Cedric Soares to Arsenal (loan), Alexander Cull (Released)
Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) Loan, Maya Yoshida (Released), Alfie Jones (Hull), Jack Bycroft (Weymouth) Loan, Christoph Klarer (Fortuna Dusseldorf)

Southampton FC Team Needs Addressed:

Said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl of the Salisu signing: “This is an important signing for us. Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well. He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing.”

Saints needed to address their issues in defense, and they certainly did that, but how much of an upgrade was it, and will it be enough? Southampton needed to do more to cut down on goals conceded, so they don’t need to be so overly reliant on Danny Ings banging in goals to bail them out all the time.

Southampton FC Team Needs Neglected:

They could have added more in midfield and given Ings some help. Walcott isn’t enough, even though it is a feel good story.

Southampton FC Synopsis:

Not a single players was sold to Liverpool this time around, a phenomenon so commonplace recently that Saints themselves even poked fun at it in their own video game they created to launch their new kit in mid July.

But jokes aside, they really didn’t do anything to move the club forward. The outgoings were ahead of the incomings and that is a bad sign. They spent some money, but this isn’t a matter of “when you’re standing still, you’re actually falling behind,” it’s simply put, Saints didn’t do enough business to significantly improve the side and that’s unacceptable; especially given the struggles they’ve had to stay up in the top flight in recent years.

Some people see the positives in the overall body of work, but I am just not feeling that at all.

Grade: C-

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Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Steve Brennan says

    You’re talking out of your arse, only 1 player left the club who was a first team regular and he was nowhere near our best player, at least 3 of the new signings will be first team regulars, how is that a step backwards? : Grade B+

  2. Ian Latham says

    Max Lowe from Derby (undisclosed), defender Ethan Ampadu (loan), I think you have this wrong, As far as I can see Ampadu & Lowe have gone to SUFC. I also disagree with your synopsis, as Steve Brennan says the outgoings were not of a standard to be regular first team players. The two stand out signings of Salisu and Dialla will help to have a squad rather than an 11 available, This will help to maintain the high pressing game and enable some rotation of the players when required. This should lead to a more successful season.

  3. awful Article sack the writer utter useless

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