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 By Alex Crook

Oriol Romeu beats Virgil van Dijk as Saints' Player of the Season

It is the time of the season when supporters up and down the land will be having their annual debate about which of their team's stars deserves the accolade of Player of the Season.

Usually the preference is to plump for the goal-getting striker or midfield assist king, or in the case of a struggling side, their overworked goalkeeper or defensive rock.

Considering Charlie Austin remains Southampton's top scorer despite sitting out the past five months with a dislocated shoulder and that standout...

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Oriol Romeu is almost as good as N'Golo Kante - Claude Puel

Claude Puel believes Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu is "not far off" the standard of PFA player of the year N'Golo Kante ahead of the Premier League trip to Chelsea.

Romeu, 25, came through the ranks at Barcelona before moving to Chelsea in 2011, but after failing to break through at Stamford Bridge he left for Southampton in 2015 where he has become an influential and important player.

Puel has compared Romeu to Kante and feels both men perform similarly important roles for their respective...


Southampton's Oriol Romeu happy at club despite Barcelona return links

Oriol Romeu (left) in the thick of the action for Southampton against Manchester City.

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has said he wants to stay at the club amid reports linking him with a potential return to Barcelona.

Romeu, 25, stressed that he feels contented on the south coast after becoming a key player in Claude Puel's team this season.

The Southampton Echo quoted him as saying that being linked with Barcelona "is always something nice."

But he added: "I've been at Chelsea and Barcelona and haven't played, and I don't want to have this feeling.

"I'm feeling very happy here,...

 By PA Sport

Southampton's Oriol Romeu wants video technology after EFL Cup final

Southampton's Oriol Romeu has urged football's rule-makers to bring in video technology after the EFL Cup final was "dramatically'' altered by an erroneous offside decision.

Claude Puel's men flew out the blocks at Wembley and found the net after just 11 minutes as Manolo Gabbiadini turned home from close range, sending the success-starved Saints fans wild.

However, the goal was wrongly ruled off for offside on an afternoon that ended with United lifting the EFL Cup thanks to a 3-2 triumph at Wembley,...

 By Alex Crook

Newcomer Gabbiadini continues blistering start in rout of Sunderland

Manolo Gabbiadini continued his sensational start to his Southampton career by scoring twice in Saturday's 4-0 rout of bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Saints added a third via a Jason Denayer own goal and substitute Shane Long bagged a fourth late on as the EFL Cup finalists claimed a morale-boosting win ahead of their big Wembley date with Manchester United.

It was only the south coast side's second Premier League win since mid-December.

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Oriol Romeu to stay with Southampton after signing new deal to 2021

Oriol Romeu has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Southampton until 2021.

Southampton have announced midfielder Oriol Romeu has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

The 25-year-old Spaniard joined from Chelsea in the summer of 2015 and has made 50 Premier League appearances for Saints to date.

Speaking about his new deal to 2021, Romeu told Southampton's official website: "I couldn't be any happier to have this new contract with the club.

"Ever since I came here I have felt very, very good. Everything has been positive for me. I have developed myself...