Saints: Will they gamble or stick with the kids?

Posted by Chris Rann

It's that time of year again. We enter the final countdown of the January transfer window, truly the most ridiculous period in football. Clubs will make desperate moves, one that will see the hideously mediocre make big money transfers at values that are terribly inflated and represent awful value for money.

For a player it must be the ideal time to move as clubs are prepared to pay more to get their man. For clubs it seems the least productive time to be getting the chequebook out.

So what will it mean for Saints? Probably very little.

So far this month, many of those left in the background from the seasons in the lower leagues have finally moved on. I don't mean that horribly; I'm sure they feel the same. They did their bit and played their part but are now surplus to requirements.

Billy Sharp, Danny Fox, Lee Barnard, Aaron Martin, Tadanari Lee and seemingly Jason Puncheon have all found the exit door and, with the exception of a certain Italian, I would imagine they will be the only ones that do. That is a massive boost for the fans as it means that once again the club will have resisted the temptation to cash in on their young stars.

I would be very surprised to see much movement on the incoming front either, which brings me back to our Italian friend. Pablo Dani Osvaldo is currently suspended; if rumour is to be believed, he has played his last game for Saints after a series of misdemeanours that peaked at attacking Jose Fonte in training. Having lost the support of his teammates, the talented but fiery forward looks to be heading back to Italy. This will be the key move for Saints among the transfer nonsense. If a deal can be sealed to offload Osvaldo, then I can see another forward being brought in.

Right now though, Saints don't really need anyone. It would be nice to have some further depth in defence and it is always a bonus if your club signs a superstar foreign striker, but Saints have no fear in using their youth players. 18-year-old Sam Gallagher joined Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse in the "starting a game in the Premier League" club against Arsenal on Tuesday and coped admirably.

Perhaps he is just the type of forward we need to replace Osvaldo? Someone who can watch and learn from Rickie Lambert, and perhaps even takeover the Scouse forward's talismanic mantle!

It's a reasonably nice position to be in when you can save a lot of time on exaggerated contract talks, hefty transfer fees and greedy agents by just taking another dip into the youth team.

Most clubs would kill to have this level of player handed to them on a plate. As such, it might be prudent to keep faith in them and save our spending money until the summer.


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