My Saints Squad of the Decade
Goalkeeper – Kelvin Davis
A real clubman, and without whose heroics in the Championship the path back to the Premier League might not have been so simple. Leeds Away? Say no more.
Right Back – Nathanial Clyne
We never successfully replaced Clyne in my opinion, and he was a key part of that team that played fantastic football under Pochettino. Probably the only inclusion who didn’t really have too much competition.
Centre Half -Toby Alderweireld
I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders what might have been had we got the permanent deal for the Belgian over the line. As solid a centre half as we have ever had.
Centre Half – Virgil Van Dijk
Not a lot more needs to be said. The guy was absolute class from his first minute in a Saints shirt. Damaged his reputation with his performances and attitude once Jurgen Klopp treated him to a go on the Big One in Blackpool but a Rolls Royce defender the likes of which we may never see again.
Left Back – Ryan Bertrand
I was torn on this one. Luke Shaw made such an exciting impact at left back under Pochettino, but ultimately my innate need for stability and dependability got Bertand the nod.
Central Midfield – Morgan Schneiderlin
Another former Saint, that baffles us with his decline in other shirts. The Frenchman made the successful transition from lightweight foreign kid to immaculate midfielder in his time at St. Mary’s. I would argue his partnership with Wanyama under Koeman was the best in the Premier League at the time. Don’t @ me.
Central Midfield – Victor Wanyama
Some won’t agree. Often underrated by Saints fans and unfairly lambasted. You have to be an ‘on the edge’ tackle purist to really ‘get’ Wanyama. The spaghetti loving Kenyan was a dream partner for Schneiderlin, and better on the ball than some would have you believe.
Winger/Attacking Midfielder – Sadio Mane
What every football fan wants for their team is a player who gets you on your feet, simply by receiving the ball. The type of player that you know can produce something special from nothing. Another gem unearthed by the then successful recruitment team and now one of the best players in the world.
Winger/Attacking Midfielder – Adam Lallana
Back in the days when Lallana was more naive than nivea he was simply an incredibly talented footballer. It almost felt unfair that we had him playing in League One and the Championship, he was that much better technically than everyone else.
Striker – Rickie Lambert
No more needs to be said about the impact Lambert made, or the legacy he still has at St. Mary’s. When you ask people to name the first player they think of associated with Saints rise from League One to the Promised land it will be Rickie Lambert every time. A natural goalscorer at any level.
Striker – Graziano Pelle
What do you get if you cross David Beckham, Ron Davies and Luis Amor Rodriguez (from Sky’s fictional football drama ‘Dream Team’ – Look it up). A handsome finisher whose hair isn’t interrupted by winning a robust aerial challenge.
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