Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Matthew Le Tissier on Southampton's Return to The Premiership

Southampton legend, Matthew Le Tissier gave me his views, predictions and transfer tips for Saints' return to the top flight.

Without fierce rivals Portsmouth on the fixture list for next season, Le Tissier expressed his excitement to the games which he thinks will get St Mary's rocking, "I'll be looking forward to Manchester City, United and Spurs, they should all be a great atmosphere at St Mary's".

Whilst on the subject of Tottenham Hotspur, I asked who he thought would receive the best reaction when returning down South, "I think Alan Pardew, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bale and Theo will all get good receptions."
That question, of course, had to follow with: Who will get the worst?
"I think Harry Redknapp will probably get the worst." he admitted without hesitation.

The last two seasons have gone swimmingly for Southampton Football Club, and the style of football being played has been a joy to watch. With the big step up to the Premier League, Le Tissier still believes the same style of football can be played, and continue to be successful.

"I don't think Nigel should change the tactics from the last two seasons, its been successful so far." 'Le God' said.

Obviously, there are many advantages of being promoted to the Premier League, but what disadvantage will hinder Southampton the most?
"I think the biggest disadvantage will be the rise in standard of the opposition strikers" he admitted.

When asked if the lack of Premier League experience in the team would be a major problem for Saints, Le Tissier responded "Hopefully not, Norwich and Swansea didn't have too much, and they did well."

The Sky Sports pundit stated that Nigel Adkins will have to keep Southampton in the Premier League in order to remain manager of the Club at the end of the season.

With the recent signing of Jay Rodriquez, Le Tissier thinks Danny Murphy should be the next signing at St Mary's. The 35 year-old has just been released by Fulham, but that doesn't put the Saints legend off, "I think Danny would be a really useful signing".

So, after finding out who Matt Le Tissier thinks Adkins should sign, what tactics to play and the disadvantages of promotion, I wanted to know what position Le Tissier thinks Saints will finish next season.

"I think Saints will finish somewhere between 10th and 16th"

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