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Gobern Goes !
Gobern Goes !
Monday, 20th Jun 2011 09:37

Oscar Gobern has turned down the offer of a new contract and looks set for pastures anew.

Oscar Gobern looks likely to complete a move to Huddersfield Town with the fee to be decided by tribunal, and its probably an indication of where the club sits at the moment that he cant see a future at St Mary's even if he stays and fights for his place.

He is probably right, the Saints midfield is crammed with players that have been brought in, some at relatively big fees for even the Championship let alone League 1 and he would have probably have faced another season of cameo roles off the bench.

Sadly I thinik it will be a loss for Saints, he was a big and powerful player who had an eye for goal and he could blossom at the Yorkshire club, last season he never really got the chances he deserved and when you look a the number of games that Jason Puncheon played for little real contribution then Gobern could consider himself a little unlucky in finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time somewhat as Saints will have money to spend rather than rely on home grown talent, but he could well come good  so hopefully the fee will include a sell on clause.

Funnily enough it always used to be the case that player career's used to go downhill a bit when they left Saints, but that now seems to be reversed and in recent years  players who were absolute rubbish for us and never really put in a decent game, go on and really show their talent elsewhere, look at this list of both homegrown and bought in players who for one reason or another were not considered good enough but have spent the last few years in a better position than Saints, Matt Mills, Danny Higginbotham, Rory Delap, Stephen Crainey, Brett Ormerod, Dexter Blackstock, Leon Best, Ricardo Fuller, Nathan Dyer, Bradley Wright Phillips,

Thats an incredible amount of players in a fairly short period of time and if i had more time i could probably think of a few more, but all of these were let go because the managers they were playing under at the time considered that they werent good enough and they could get better players in, of course some of them were just plain rubbish in the case of Dyer, but why has he improved so much away from Saints whilst clearly here he wasnt interested.

WE always have had a good reputation as a club that gives youth a chance, those players used to be loyal to us for a good while, but now they dont seem to have the affection for Saints that their predecessors used to have and jump ship at the first opportunity.       

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stmichael added 12:13 - Jun 20
i'll give you another Kevin Davies.
WGS left him out of the side completely for the FA CUP final despite many substitute cameo's and a vital goal during the cup run and then proceeded to make him play 90 mins in a friendly at Aberdeen on the Monday.
Scandalous management and treatment of the player.
A free transfer followed and the rest is history!
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winchesterbob added 12:59 - Jun 20
If rumour is to be believed Davis had a bigger commitment to his social life than WGS would prefer, perhaps the kick in the pants he from being transferred combined with a no-nonsense management at Bolton turned his career around. Similarly Dyer’s talent was obvious to those who watched him enough, it was possibly the company that he kept off the pitch that was the problem.
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Jesus_02 added 15:24 - Jun 20
I think Kevin Davis and Nathan Dyer both had problems at the club for different reasons. Dyer was more like Gillette in that he lost confidence. Gillet was ruined by the Jan Portvielt period. A lot of reasonable players got the confidence kicked out of them at that point. With Dyer I think that he just found it easier to develop at a smaller club where less was expected of him. After all at youth level he wasn’t far off of Theo.

It is a shame about Gobern. He will go on to be a decent player. However it does signal the clubs intentions. I am still holding out for quality signings
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mewnor added 20:56 - Jun 20
Now we need to sell one of our keepers and make room for a new #1 Forecast on a five year contract has got to be the worst makeweight in a transfer ever!

We are desperate for a new keeper, Davis is a loyal and hard working pro but he is a liability in goal and very nearly ended up single handedly costing us promotion. How he made the league one team of the year is quite frankly astounding.

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