Southampton should stop selling out

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ACCORDING to the rumour mill, which grinds harder than ever in the run up to the January transfer window, Liverpool are looking to Kop a load of teenage Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Their director of football strategy and talent spotter extraordinaire Damien Comolli was in the crowd at St Mary’s on Tuesday to watch him score in their 4-1 League One win over Huddersfield.
However Goaltastic urges the Saints to hang on to the rising star and England under-18 international rather than cash in – otherwise you have to question whether such a succesful youth system such as the Saints Academy is there for the benefit of the playing squad or the bank balance.
In recent years top talents such as Theo Walcott, Leon Best and Gareth Bale have been on their books – had they held out longer with the likes of these players, Southampton could have been plying its trade a little higher than the third tier of English football once more…

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5 thoughts on “Southampton should stop selling out

  1. Is this article serious!? If we had held out a little longer, as the article suggests, we would not have been plying our trade in any league, we would be bankrupt and with no football club. We sold our most talented youngsters to keep the club afloat and to stop it from going bust!!!
    A successful academy is there for both the benefit of the club at the time, and also to gain revenue. Look at Crewe as an example. They live within in their means, and as a football club they survive, because they produce good youngsters that they can then sell on. They are not like all these premiership clubs, that have billionaire owners and massive debts!!
    I never normally leave a comment, but please do some research before writing such an article.

  2. Is this article serious!? If we had held out a little longer, as the article suggests, we would not have been plying our trade in any league, we would be bankrupt and with no football club. We sold our most talented youngsters to keep the club afloat and to stop it from going bust!!!
    A successful academy is there for both the benefit of the club at the time, and also to gain revenue. Look at Crewe as an example. They live within in their means, and as a football club they survive, because they produce good youngsters that they can then sell on. They are not like all these premiership clubs, that have billionaire owners and massive debts!!
    Please do some research before writing such an article.

  3. Our problems started well before we got relegated to Championship. We didn’t invest in our squad when we finished 8th and reached the final of the FA cup. Our final season in the premiership saw us spend no money again, appointing the likes of Wigley and Sturrock as managers to succeed Strachan.
    Our first season we went down we spent 90,000 on Fuller, but nothing else. Lowe, because he was only in it for financial gain, sold our assets to try and balance the books to protect his investment. The only player sold from our academy was Walcott.
    When we spent money the season we reached the play-offs, it was merely a gamble taken by the board at that time. We had Bale and Best for the whole of that season. Had they not spent the money, and kept it, we would have gone into administration 6 months later.
    The article seems to suggest we were selling players, when we had the option to keep them. Which is clearly not true. We had to sell them. After we failed to make the play-offs, we simply couldn’t afford to keep our best players.
    Newcastle, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City, Fulham, Blackburn, Villa, Birmingham, Liverpool and Multi Millionaire owners, most them Billionaire’s. While the likes of Everton, West Ham, Sunderland, Stoke and even Wigan with Whealan in charge, have wealthy enough owners that they could spend 10 million in a transfer window without it really causing any damage.
    So yes, it may not be every club in the prem, but the vast majority have very wealthy owners who can subsidise the losses themselves in order to get on pitch success. Southampton couldn’t and hence the reason why they sold their youngsters.

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