You’re going home in a Southampton ambulance - a look at Southampton
So now we take a look at our runners up from the Championship, Southampton.
Now the chant “You’re going home in a Southampton Ambulance” may well have been directed at opposing team players, but not the home players for sure.
One of the reasons for such a good season was the fact that they managed to avoid major injuries and kept their big players, well playing.
Interestingly none of their outfield players hit the 40 start mark, but they did well at rotating 3 or 4 players with their established starting 11.
Now I don’t want to say they are a 2 man team, but … well they are 9 decent players, and 2 very good ones.
Now if you don’t know who those 2 good ones are you should for sure read on, but even if you do, there just might be a couple more players of interest.
85 goals was good going in 46 games and the 46 conceded wasn’t too shabby also. The home record was very impressive to say the least (49 for and 18 against), and they even won 10 away from home.
Now every stat screams Champions but they weren’t. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best of the promoted teams fantasy wise!
Now lets have a little look at our Southampton 5-a-side Sunday League Team.
Goalkeeper – Davies (4.5)
Well established number one and ever green Kelvin Davis has been around for what seems like an age! Very dependable goalkeeper who made the least number of saves of the promoted keepers, but that might just show that he had a half decent back 4 in front of him.
Defender – Hooiveld (4.5)
Just on goals alone Hooiveld (7 goals) gets into the team, however it was a tough call. The big centre back loves to get forward and is a decent defender to go with his threat in the air from corners and set plays. It was close though. Fox (11 assists) and Richardson (8 assists) as the first choice full backs may not be bad signings either.
Well that was until Clyne (4.0) signed. One of the most exciting full backs in the country, he was snapped up from Palace after his contract was up. Southampton beat off competition from numerous other Premier League teams and coming in at 4.0 he may well be the pick of the bunch with Richardson most likely to lose his spot in the team if Clyne lives up to the hype and nails down a first 11 spot.
Midfield – Lallana (6.0)
I’m sure that there were a lot of groans when people stumbled across the 6.0 price tag. At 6.0 he is well and truly in the established Premier League player category. But then I guess last season was kind of impressive.
The midfielder managed an amazing 71 shots! That is 14 more than Calton Cole who is a striker! From those shots 45 were on target and they produced 12 goals. With 10 assists to boot he was the creative spark and has a great connection with Lambert.
There are high hopes that he may well be the promoted gem of the year, but at 6.0 you will have to weigh up for yourself if you think he can reproduce his Championship form.
Striker – Rodriguez (5.5)
I’m sorry Billy Sharp (5.0), but money talks, and 7 million was a heafy price to pay for Rodriguez (15 goals for Burnley) who you must expect to see a fair amount of game time, which will be a big issue for anyone trying to get a bargain in Sharp.
Rodriguez has scored in a Southampton shirt after his powering header in a pre-season friendly against Arsenal.
So if you’re looking for something different and willing to go out on a limb, then taking a gamble on Rodriguez might not be out of the question.
Striker – Lambert (6.0)
If you know anything about Championship football from last year, then you don’t need to be told about Ricky Lambert. Top league goal scorer on 27 and third top assist count with 14. That is involvement in a whopping 41 goals in just 39 games!
Of course being on penalties helps, but wherever the ball is coming from if they score there is a pretty good chance Lambert was in the action!
Of course he is going to find it hard in the Premier League and might not get the chance to have another 92 shots this year, but expect him to be the focal point of Southampton’s attack.
If you’re looking for a cheap 3rd striker, I think you have to think very long and hard to turn down Ricky Lambert.
So there we have it, our Southampton 5-a-side Sunday League Team. I have stats and knowledge to burn so if there are any burning questions please ask them below!
Make sure you look out for the West Ham guide coming soon!