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Loan Watch: Mixed fortunes for Southampton’s exiled army

This week we take a look at Southampton and how some of their players are getting on away from St. Mary’s. There’s a long list of players who are currently away from the south coast, with the majority being experienced players. In fact, the youngest player away from the club at the moment is 22-year-old Josh Sims away at New York Red Bulls in the MLS (Transfermarkt).

With Saints having so many established players all around Europe, their performances should be a good indication on whether they made the right decision to let them go and whether or not there is a place for them in the squad in the future.

Fraser Forster (31), Wesley Hoedt (25), Mario Lemina (26), Harrison Reed (24), Mohamed Elyounoussi (25), Josh Sims (22) and Guido Carrillo (28) have all featured for their respected clubs over the past weekend – so we will hone in on their performances. Jake Hesketh (23), is currently out for Lincoln with an injury – though he could be back next week, per Lincolnshire Live – and Jack Rose (24) is yet to make an appearance for the Walsall first team, so they are both left out of the round-up this week.


Former England international Fraser Forster has found it difficult to hold down a place in the Southampton team over the past season, and resultingly, he has been sent back to his former club Celtic.

So far, the 31-year-old has played every game he has been available for the Hoops, keeping a clean sheet in two of his three matches in the SPL – including one in the Old Firm derby versus Rangers.

In his last game, he played Hamilton Academical away from home and the keeper made no errors as Celtic turned out 1-0 winners.


Wesley Hoedt joined Belgian side Royal Antwerp late in the summer window, and the player made his debut versus Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht on the weekend.

He played 90 minutes in their 2-1 win away at Lotto Park, helping his side to fifth in the table after just six games.


Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina departed Southampton after a long-drawn-out summer, with the player being linked to many clubs.

He has joined the Turkish champions Galatasaray and has made one appearance in the Super Lig so far.

Lemina started the game but was forced off the pitch through injury in the 30th minute. He was having a decent game before he did, averaging 6.68/10 according to WhoScored, having a successful pass percentage rate of 88.9 per cent.


Harrison Reed has joined Championship club Fulham for the season. The defensive midfielder missed out on starts in his first four games – despite coming on in two – but has played the full 90 minutes in his two last matches.

In his last match, he played in the centre of a midfield three for Scott Parker’s side as they faced West Brom at Craven Cottage. While the result won’t have been what they hoped for, drawing 1-1, Reed impressed throughout. WhoScored’s algorithm scored the 24-year-old 7.5/10 for the match – giving him the Man of the Match award.

He was particularly impressive in possession, having a 95 per cent pass success rate – as high as anyone else in the whole match. Additionally, Reed managed to notch up four tackles in the game, as high as anyone else in his team, according to WhoScored.


Mohamed Elyounoussi has joined his teammate Fraser Forster in moving to Glasgow to play for the Hoops.

Since joining the club, he has only made the one appearance against Hamilton Academical on the weekend. He started the game, playing 67 minutes, creating the only assist of the match for James Forrest with a cross in the fourth minute.


In what is probably the most interesting move of them all, the youngest of the group, Josh Sims, has gone the furthest distance, finding himself in New York for the MLS season.

It’s not been a good start for the New York Red Bulls and Sims hasn’t had a thrilling start either, though it is early days. So far he has played three games since joining, starting just the one game on September 1 versus Colorado.

In the Red Bulls’ last game, he came in on the 39th minute due to an injury, but couldn’t prevent Seattle Sounders from rolling them over. WhoScored gave him a rating of 6.3/10, with the winger only attempting one dribble in the whole match and having just the one shot.


Guido Carrillo rejoined former manager Mauricio Pellegrino at Leganes this summer after much speculation throughout the window.

With the player joining so late, he has had little chance to make an impact this season. He did feature in their last match, however, coming on at half-time as his side lost 3-0 at home to Villarreal.

It’s been a torrid start for Leganes, losing every game they’ve played this season leaving them at the bottom of the table.

In his 45 minutes, he wasn’t able to make much of an impact. The player had one shot, won two aerial duels and had a match rating of 6.23/10, per WhoScored.

It’s not been a fantastic start for Southampton’s loanees, meaning that Ralph Hasenhuttl may not be regretting letting any of them go just yet.

It should be noted that many of these players left quite late and will still be adjusting to their new teams; it will take some time before they start to get used to their respected coaches as it does for any player when they move clubs.

Do any of these players have a future in Hampshire? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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