Yeah, I'm always amazed at goalkeeping technique. At regular speed, it seems like it's all reaction time. You just lunge at the ball and make your body/arm/leg as wide as possible and hope you have the reflexes and it hits some part of you. But then when you see it in slow motion you can see how they are actually tracking the ball, and are diving to where the ball will go, not just lunging
I think Ochoa's going to Liverpool. I was surprised they released Bouzanis. I haven't been keeping up with him, but I think even last year he was still being touted as a future top 5 keeper. Although I do have to say he never panned out in Football Manager 2009.
Speaking of Football Manager, this was the part of the game that always kind of sucked... having to tell some of the team's players that put so much into getting promoted that they aren't getting new contracts.
These are the guys who are out of contract: Radhi Jahdi, Dan Harding, Danny Butterfield, Oscar Gobern, Aaron Martin, David Connolly.
I love, love, love Connolly. But he can't stay healthy. He seems to be okay on a backup's appearance fee kind of contract so if he's willing to do that I'd keep him around. If for no other reason than to mentor the squad.
Martin and Gobern should be signed and loaned out for part of the year and be used as backups when on the team. Martin is actually good enough to be in the squad rotation, though I would look to strengthen at DC. I would re-sign Harding to a two year de or threeal if he is amenable to that.
And I would let Jadhi and Butterfield go, even though they both played well for Saints and could play n the Championship. The problem is they aren't getting any younger, and if you have your sights set on the EPL then you have to take every opportunity to improve the squad, which means cycling out the 30 year olds for players with more upside.
The priority for Saints has to be a striker. Barnard might be in jail, Lambert is getting older and is out-of-contract after next season. I have to think they will look at bringing in Mackail-Smith. Don't know who else is out there.