A sensational run of results in the autumn preceded a somewhat dodgy December in The Premier League for Southampton. They weren’t embarrassed by any team and got a highly creditable home draw against Manchester City who, for our money, are easily the best team in the league right now.
Instead Southampton have largely had to put up with draws and narrow defeats this winter. But we have great faith in Mauricio Pochettino’s football philosophy and we don’t think that the results represent Southampton being ‘found out’ in terms of their playing style. They have had a lot of tough games in a short period and the results perhaps reflect that, while the first team is really good quality, much work is still required to strengthen the squad. Heckers, most of the teams in the top half of the division could put out 2 or even 3 competitive teams right now, such is the strength of the top Premier League squads. So, in that respect, Southampton are still currently batting above their average.
Pochettino will certainly look to strengthen Southampton in January and in a rather unlikely link, bookmaker SkyBet have got Southampton as favourites to sign old boy Nathan Dyer, despite his recent ankle injury. When Dyer got injured it looked like a bad one but, thankfully, it’s not as serious as first thought and it was reported by The South Wales Evening Post on December 19th that:
And though Swansea are still waiting for a final verdict on the extent of Dyer’s problem, they are now optimistic that he will be out for weeks rather than months.
Dyer played 56 times for Southampton between 2005-2009 but the 26 year old has really matured at Swansea into a flying machine with a quality final ball.
It’s certainly a long shot but, at 14/1, Southampton are the best placed side to re-sign Dyer during this window.
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