VIEW FROM THE STANDS

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE - NICK ILLINGSWORTH, WWW.THEUGLYINSIDE.NET

This sea­son will be dif­fer­ent to last be­cause

we have a man­ager and not a coach in charge.

Our most un­der­rated player is

Wes­ley Hoedt. He will show that he has the class that’s needed to lead the de­fence.

Our pan­tomime vil­lain is

Vir­gil van Dijk. He’s a sulk­ing dis­grace to the term ‘pro­fes­sional foot­baller’.

The best away fans are

from Liver­pool and Manch­ester United.

The player I would hap­pily drive to an­other club is

Maya Yoshida. He has been a great servant to the club, but the fact that he has been a reg­u­lar for the past 18 months shows how our stan­dards have fallen. If he left, it would show that we are back on track. I have got noth­ing against him, though, as he’s a great club man.

The op­po­si­tion player I se­cretly ad­mire is

Adam Lal­lana. He broke our hearts, but we’re hope­ful that one day we can love him again. Keep an eye out for Josh Sims.

This sea­son we will fin­ish

back in the top 10.

FFT asks: Were you pleased or a lit­tle bit un­der­whelmed to see Mark Hughes given a three-year con­tract this sum­mer?

A bit of both: pleased, be­cause he brought dis­ci­pline to the squad; un­der­whelmed, as it seems to be a step back from our mod­ern out­look. Not many Southamp­ton fans are too dis­pleased, though.

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