Koeman confident of retaining Southampton stars

first_img Ronald Koeman Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has pledged the club will retain all of their players in January, suggesting the club may look to strengthen in the transfer window.Midfield maestro Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s stadium while Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane will be involved in international duty.“We will sell nobody in January,” said an adamant Koeman.“Morgan’s [Schneiderlin] attitude is fantastic – everybody knows that he had a difficult time in the summer, but finally he accepted his situation and he’s doing his best and looking forward to returning to playing.”The Dutchman added: “If everybody’s available we don’t need somebody.“But we will lose two players in January to different tournaments: Mane will go to the African [Nations] Cup and Yoshida will go to the Asian tournament.“That means two players less – maybe for that we need some players, but we have to talk about that inside and make decisions.“But I think we need one or two players.”And the 51-year-old admitted his side’s targets for the season have been adjusted after three straight Premier League defeats.“Okay we’re always trying for the maximum, but we have to understand our situation,” he added.“We have to be realistic, and maybe that’s the target for this season.“The way of playing is everything .We must keep believing in that, but maybe that’s [the Europa League] the realistic situation for our team.“We can play good, attractive football, but only winning games brings confidence.” 1last_img read more

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first_img“These guys will get the football, they will get it accurately, they will be able to run after the catch,” he said. “Carson Palmer is a huge addition to this team.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Who is Carson Palmer?Is he a former Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall draft pick who just needed to be in a quality environment to succeed, or is he a washed up 33-year-old whose arm strength isn’t what it once was?The Cardinals are banking on him being the first option, and ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski tends to agree.“I view him very highly,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “He got lost in the Black Hole. Oakland is an absolute mess; he had no chance, whatsoever. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “None.”Jaworski noted that Palmer spent more playing from behind last year than any QB in the league, which certainly did not help the passer succeed. But even with that, Palmer still completed 61.1 percent of his passes for more than 4,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Though the Raiders went 4-11 with him as a starter, many believe the team’s struggles were not the quarterback’s fault.“It’s difficult to compete at a high level when you’re always playing uphill,” Jaworski said. “Carson Palmer still has a tremendous skill-set, and I know Bruce wants to get the ball down the field. He doesn’t like that dink-and-dunk type stuff. “So he’s got the guy that can still throw the ball with accuracy down the field, has a good, quick release.”Acquired for practically nothing in the offseason, the Cardinals are hoping the veteran will rediscover what made him successful in Cincinnati playing alongside skill position talents like Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Rob Housler. Jaworski thinks he will, and that those pass catchers will be very happy with the guy tasked with getting them the ball.last_img read more