No points but plenty of positives
Three games played and bottom of the Premier League, Southampton are the only team yet to register any points on the board. The start to the campaign has been extremely hard and with a trip to the Emirates stadium up next, it's not getting any easier just yet.
September 4th, 2012
Not many people will be too surprised to see newly promoted Southampton currently propping up the table, especially having played both sides of Manchester already. But eyebrows will certainly have been raised at the performances put in against both the reds and the blues, showing Southampton definitely have the ability to cause teams real problems.
The positives are there for all to see and if performance levels can be maintained then it won’t be long before Southampton have their first points of the season. Despite hitting the woodwork twice last week against Wigan, the Latics scored their two goals from just three shots on target – showing that it doesn’t matter how much you have the ball, it’s what you do with it when you have it that counts most.
Southampton will also be boosted by the fact two of their new signings are yet to feature. Japanese international defender Maya Yoshida will help strengthen at the back whilst Saints fans will be hopeful that the capture of 21 year old Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Ramirez can add a large amount of quality going forward. Neither player was signed in time to play over the weekend, but will be in contention to make their debuts after the international break.
The capture of Ramirez seemed to go on forever, with a deal needing to be cut not only with Bologna but also his previous club Penarol. It was rumoured that the deal had fallen through, so it is credit to chairman Nicola Cortese that he kept going to pull off what has to be one of the buys of the summer, considering that Southampton have only just been promoted and it was rumoured that both Liverpool and Tottenham had shown interest.
Naturally, Saints fans are buzzing at the prospect of seeing the promising Uruguayan in action. If we can get him to replicate the form he showed in the Olympics and at Bologna – which helped them to finish 9th in Serie A last season – then he has the ability to unlock Premier League defences and help Southampton to avoid the drop this season.
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