I’ve just been watching bits of the Red Star Belgrade game and seen some of our former team not do very well for their new team. Adam Lallana, once beloved of Saints, and for a long time in his Southampton career, someone that’d make you anxious in his absence, is now seen as utterly disposable at Liverpool, with most fans thinking the sooner he goes the better.
Lallana hasn’t made it in the big time. He never will now. He is perhaps Saints’ biggest cautionary tale of being careful what you wish for.
Gareth Bale is the only Saints player that has left us that I’d consider world class. Most move on for much bigger money, but it doesn’t seem like many vastly improve on their game or form.
Luke Shaw a gets bumper contract at United, only to be told he’s a fat bastard by every manager he works with. Scheiderlin goes to United, fails, and is now unthought of at Everton. The Spurs lot have still won precisely fuck all. Neither have the Liverpool defectors.
Genuinely think Lallana’s career as a credible top class footballer ended tonight. He’s not the first to use us as a stepping stone only to jump into footballing chasm of unending doom, entailing an eventual transfer to Stoke. He won’t be the last.
Beyond money, how many ex-Saints do that well? Is Southampton FC a rather slippery stepping stone?