Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Will History Repeat Itself?

Will History Repeat Itself?

Saturday 14th January 2006 at Loftus Road was Theo Walcott`s last appearance in a Southampton shirt. He has since gone on to start only 6 games for the Arsenal first team and has failed to score since his £12million move to the Emirates Stadium.

A year later, and another Southampton starlet could have played his last game for the club, which incidentally was also away at QPR. With Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Newcastle United and even Real Madrid battling it out to sign the 17-year-old left back, some Saints` fans fear they may have seen the last of the Welsh wonderkid.

There are, however, some essential differences between the cases of Walcott and Bale.

Walcott was just 16 when he was sold to Arsenal. If he had not signed a professional contract on his 17th birthday in March last year, Southampton could have lost him for nothing. The board recognized this problem and a fee rising to £12million was the best that could be agreed. Southampton were also lingering dangerously close to the bottom of the Championship and morale was low after a 1-0 defeat away to QPR.

A year later, following a gritty but well-earned 2-0 away victory at QPR, Saints find themselves sitting in the play-off places with a squad more than capable of achieving promotion this season. Bale is an integral part of this squad, and staying at Southampton for the remainder of the season would not only aid his development as a player, but help Saints enormously in their quest for a return to the big-time.

Bale must ask himself whether he wants to be sitting on a hefty pay-cheque at a big club, but also find himself stagnating on the bench, or if he wants to help the club that nurtured him back to the Premiership.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Monday January 22 2007
Time: 3:00PM

Comments

0
i think you should sell to man utd then let us loan him back for the rest of the season and the depending n how heinze plays for the rest of the season we could loan him back to you next season too
rooneyisgod
22/01/2007 15:08:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

EFL Cup Final Officials v Manchester United (26/2/17)

The Football Association had previously announced the Match Day Officials that would take charge of the game against Manchester United this Sunday.

Deal Fails To Lander - CITIC Securities Now In Line?

It was being reported late last night that the potential takeover of Southampton by the Lander group had hit a late snag and that CITIC Securities were now ready...

More Reliable Than An Octopus 2016/17? (22/2/17)

A new season, a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Premier League positions for 2016/17.

Ward-Prowse On Wembley

22 year old Academy graduate James Ward-Prowse has also been in the media in the build up to the League Cup final against Manchester United this weekend.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Profile
Vital Saint
Editor email
Profile
Matt Gardner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Forster5%
Soares2%
Stephens5%
Yoshida2%
Bertrand2%
Davis2%
Romeu7%
Ward-Prowse0%
Tadic7%
Redmond0%
Gabbiadini63%
Sub - Long5%
Sub - Hojbjerg0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 26 2017 4:30PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2017 1:30PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League