The latest edition of Total Saints Podcast sees us undertake our first 'squad assessment'.
Ben Stanfield (Host) is joined by Glen de la Cour (League One Minus 10 Blog), Freddie Hunt (The Ugly Inside) and Simon Peach (Press Association) to chat about the strengths and weaknesses in the current Saints squad.
In Part One (of 2) we focus on ‘the wrong end of the pitch’ - goalkeeping and defence!
Is Alex McCarthy the long-term 'number one'? Is Angus Gunn developing or going backwards? Could Fraser Forster re-establish himself in goal - or will he move on this summer?
Ryan Bertrand is our only noticeable left-back nowadays. But does he still have the hunger to play for Saints? Is he coming under any pressure from Jake Vokins?
At Right-Back, with Cedric departing this summer, are we confident Kyle Walker-Peters is the best replacement? Can Yan Valery improve his concentration and consistency? Should we be looking to buy someone else?
....and then there's Centre-Back! Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek seem to be progressing well, but surely we need to strengthen here? If so, with who? Can we sell Vestergaard and/or Hoedt? Should Wesley actually be given another chance? Is this the position where all/any transfer funds should be focussed immediately?
So much to cover, across arguably the most concerning areas of the Southampton FC squad!
Give it a listen and see what our panel think!
Part 2 out soon….
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