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SWINDON TOWN: Swindon keen on Stephens but Cooper remains realistic

Swindon Advertiser: Jack Stephens in action for Swindon Town Jack Stephens in action for Swindon Town

SWINDON Town are keen to bring Jack Stephens back to the County Ground on loan next season but manager Mark Cooper remains realistic about his chances to securing the defender's services.

Stephens impressed in the heart of the Robins' defence during his 10-game stay in Wiltshire but has now returned to his parent club.

Cooper would love to have the 20-year-old back in 2014/15 but ultimately the decision is down to the Saints.

"What you have to understand is that Jack is a Southampton player and they very kindly agreed to loan him to us only because of the way we played," the Swindon boss told FLIC Wiltshire.

"Southampton are not keen on loaning too many players out, they like to keep them in house and work with them but our style of play meant that we got Jack. Now, he's done that well that Southampton are going to want him to go back and have a look at him in pre-season.

"With him doing so well it might not have done us too much of a favour but Southampton are aware that we would love to take him back, and I think Jack has said that if he is going to go out on loan again then he would love to come to Swindon because of how well he did, the warmth he felt from the people and how we looked after him.

"If we could get him then it would be fantastic."

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5:29pm Fri 9 May 14

nosyrudeman says...

I would have him back at the drop of a hat.
I would have him back at the drop of a hat. nosyrudeman
  • Score: 11

5:50pm Fri 9 May 14

London Red says...

Thin keveryone would - he's not ready to play week in week out in the Premiership so surely another year of competitive football is better than U21 football?
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Come on Saints - you know it makes sense!
Thin keveryone would - he's not ready to play week in week out in the Premiership so surely another year of competitive football is better than U21 football? . Come on Saints - you know it makes sense! London Red
  • Score: 13

5:59pm Fri 9 May 14

cowpat says...

Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are.
Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are. cowpat
  • Score: 26

7:11pm Fri 9 May 14

Oi Den! says...

cowpat wrote:
Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are.
Note. The football was incredibly dull at times. Passing the ball with purpose is exciting. Tapping it around in our own half with no end product is not.
[quote][p][bold]cowpat[/bold] wrote: Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are.[/p][/quote]Note. The football was incredibly dull at times. Passing the ball with purpose is exciting. Tapping it around in our own half with no end product is not. Oi Den!
  • Score: -9

7:59pm Fri 9 May 14

the don69 says...

Maybe they'll want him for Southampton B! who's gonna support these B teams? Mr Dyke, so how many Chelsea fans will travel to watch their B team? in fact how home fans would turn up? on top of that the B team results just wouldn't matter to the fans,they would only care about their first team! if Arsenal B were playing Bristol Rovers in the Conference,it would be all Rovers fans and no Arsenal B fans! and the result would only matter to Rovers, sorry Mr Dyke it just ain't gonna work and it just won't happen simples!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe they'll want him for Southampton B! who's gonna support these B teams? Mr Dyke, so how many Chelsea fans will travel to watch their B team? in fact how home fans would turn up? on top of that the B team results just wouldn't matter to the fans,they would only care about their first team! if Arsenal B were playing Bristol Rovers in the Conference,it would be all Rovers fans and no Arsenal B fans! and the result would only matter to Rovers, sorry Mr Dyke it just ain't gonna work and it just won't happen simples!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 16

8:10pm Fri 9 May 14

mike1990 says...

the don69 wrote:
Maybe they'll want him for Southampton B! who's gonna support these B teams? Mr Dyke, so how many Chelsea fans will travel to watch their B team? in fact how home fans would turn up? on top of that the B team results just wouldn't matter to the fans,they would only care about their first team! if Arsenal B were playing Bristol Rovers in the Conference,it would be all Rovers fans and no Arsenal B fans! and the result would only matter to Rovers, sorry Mr Dyke it just ain't gonna work and it just won't happen simples!!!!!!!!!!!!
One man and a dog supporting the gunners and 6 or 7 thousand gas fans don, and that's at the emirates lol, the fa dont have a clue, they just dont know how to run football don.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: Maybe they'll want him for Southampton B! who's gonna support these B teams? Mr Dyke, so how many Chelsea fans will travel to watch their B team? in fact how home fans would turn up? on top of that the B team results just wouldn't matter to the fans,they would only care about their first team! if Arsenal B were playing Bristol Rovers in the Conference,it would be all Rovers fans and no Arsenal B fans! and the result would only matter to Rovers, sorry Mr Dyke it just ain't gonna work and it just won't happen simples!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]One man and a dog supporting the gunners and 6 or 7 thousand gas fans don, and that's at the emirates lol, the fa dont have a clue, they just dont know how to run football don. mike1990
  • Score: 3

8:56pm Fri 9 May 14

cowpat says...

Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward.
Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward. cowpat
  • Score: 8

9:23pm Fri 9 May 14

jonnyb4532 says...

danny hollands defo maybe get mason back on loan isn't andy Williams out of contract marvin Elliott maybe a shot I know ex city but wouldn't be first rory fallon as a bit of height and presence and maybe try get this new man utd lad on loan james Wilson stephens as a centre half as for left back no ideas on that one
danny hollands defo maybe get mason back on loan isn't andy Williams out of contract marvin Elliott maybe a shot I know ex city but wouldn't be first rory fallon as a bit of height and presence and maybe try get this new man utd lad on loan james Wilson stephens as a centre half as for left back no ideas on that one jonnyb4532
  • Score: -11

9:33pm Fri 9 May 14

Oi Den! says...

cowpat wrote:
Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward.
No, I didn't miss the point. It was great to have Stephens playing for us but the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition, not to impress Premier League managers so that we can borrow their players. In any case, I'm not sure we ever played like Southampton. Whenever I've seen them they've passed the ball around crisply and quickly, not in the pedestrian boring way we played for a large part of the season. I support Cooper and I accept that caution had to be the order of the day with such a lightweight squad. However, it was a bit disappointing to hear no mention of a tigerish midfielder on his shopping list. No wingers either. I hope that doesn't mean another season of packing the midfield with lightweight players and playing with no width. We've got to be more enterprising next time round.
[quote][p][bold]cowpat[/bold] wrote: Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward.[/p][/quote]No, I didn't miss the point. It was great to have Stephens playing for us but the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition, not to impress Premier League managers so that we can borrow their players. In any case, I'm not sure we ever played like Southampton. Whenever I've seen them they've passed the ball around crisply and quickly, not in the pedestrian boring way we played for a large part of the season. I support Cooper and I accept that caution had to be the order of the day with such a lightweight squad. However, it was a bit disappointing to hear no mention of a tigerish midfielder on his shopping list. No wingers either. I hope that doesn't mean another season of packing the midfield with lightweight players and playing with no width. We've got to be more enterprising next time round. Oi Den!
  • Score: -9

12:16am Sat 10 May 14

Wilesy says...

Would love Stephens back, but not sure what was so special about our defending style that would encourage Premiership clubs to send their players this way....maybe getting used to playing under pressure?
Would love Stephens back, but not sure what was so special about our defending style that would encourage Premiership clubs to send their players this way....maybe getting used to playing under pressure? Wilesy
  • Score: -1

1:26am Sat 10 May 14

Oxon-Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
cowpat wrote:
Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward.
No, I didn't miss the point. It was great to have Stephens playing for us but the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition, not to impress Premier League managers so that we can borrow their players. In any case, I'm not sure we ever played like Southampton. Whenever I've seen them they've passed the ball around crisply and quickly, not in the pedestrian boring way we played for a large part of the season. I support Cooper and I accept that caution had to be the order of the day with such a lightweight squad. However, it was a bit disappointing to hear no mention of a tigerish midfielder on his shopping list. No wingers either. I hope that doesn't mean another season of packing the midfield with lightweight players and playing with no width. We've got to be more enterprising next time round.
Den,

I think you did miss the point. At times it was boring and unfortunately that can be the result of playing patient football. Absolutely we didn't move it as quickly as perhaps we should but the Saints side you refer to have been together several years and many played at the CG.
We did at times, especially towards the end, play crisp flowing football when the gaps appeared. This was seen in the Bradford game in particular as we took time unlock the buses but started to create chances once we did.
I think the only thing that let us down perhaps was the finishing. Sam lists his top 10 goals,, most long distance strikes, but there many moves that if they had been finished would have deserved to be in that list (even if it was a Byrne finish from 6 inches).
Not sure of the need for width as that is used more with a 4-4-2 formation and we seem to be moving towards 3-5-2 with attacking full backs. Think we have a tigerish midfielder in Louis and Mazza. Strike partner for Smith, attacking fullback (to replace Jay) and Centre half for me (assuming Troy signs).
Said at the start of the season that next year, if we kept the nucleus together, we would be a force and still believe that. Also believe Wes will be with us next season unless a prem or champ team is desperate for a keeper.

Gonna enjoy the break and look forward to Town do a Yeovil.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cowpat[/bold] wrote: Den you missed the point! We played boring football and we played exciting football at times. But saints only let him come to us because we try to play football like they do. Not long all which is not the way forward.[/p][/quote]No, I didn't miss the point. It was great to have Stephens playing for us but the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition, not to impress Premier League managers so that we can borrow their players. In any case, I'm not sure we ever played like Southampton. Whenever I've seen them they've passed the ball around crisply and quickly, not in the pedestrian boring way we played for a large part of the season. I support Cooper and I accept that caution had to be the order of the day with such a lightweight squad. However, it was a bit disappointing to hear no mention of a tigerish midfielder on his shopping list. No wingers either. I hope that doesn't mean another season of packing the midfield with lightweight players and playing with no width. We've got to be more enterprising next time round.[/p][/quote]Den, I think you did miss the point. At times it was boring and unfortunately that can be the result of playing patient football. Absolutely we didn't move it as quickly as perhaps we should but the Saints side you refer to have been together several years and many played at the CG. We did at times, especially towards the end, play crisp flowing football when the gaps appeared. This was seen in the Bradford game in particular as we took time unlock the buses but started to create chances once we did. I think the only thing that let us down perhaps was the finishing. Sam lists his top 10 goals,, most long distance strikes, but there many moves that if they had been finished would have deserved to be in that list (even if it was a Byrne finish from 6 inches). Not sure of the need for width as that is used more with a 4-4-2 formation and we seem to be moving towards 3-5-2 with attacking full backs. Think we have a tigerish midfielder in Louis and Mazza. Strike partner for Smith, attacking fullback (to replace Jay) and Centre half for me (assuming Troy signs). Said at the start of the season that next year, if we kept the nucleus together, we would be a force and still believe that. Also believe Wes will be with us next season unless a prem or champ team is desperate for a keeper. Gonna enjoy the break and look forward to Town do a Yeovil. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 7

7:30am Sat 10 May 14

London Red says...

Wilesy wrote:
Would love Stephens back, but not sure what was so special about our defending style that would encourage Premiership clubs to send their players this way....maybe getting used to playing under pressure?
It was the playing out from the back and encouraging the defenders to be comfortable on the ball which is what they want him to get use to
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Would love Stephens back, but not sure what was so special about our defending style that would encourage Premiership clubs to send their players this way....maybe getting used to playing under pressure?[/p][/quote]It was the playing out from the back and encouraging the defenders to be comfortable on the ball which is what they want him to get use to London Red
  • Score: 4

7:56am Sat 10 May 14

Oi Den! says...

Oxon, as you know I have tremendous admiration for what Cooper has achieved so far in difficult circumstances. The cautious football was a must. I even accept, albeit reluctantly, the dull way in which we played it. However, we were supposed to be a "work-in-progress". To me, that means we have to be more prepared to attack next season. Of course we had some good moves that perhaps deserved to produce a goal. But even the worst teams can point to a few of those in a season.

Louis Thompson is potentially the most valuable player in the club but he most definitely is not the finished article. It would be wrong to expect too much of him next season. Luongo blows hot and cold - "blows" being an apt word. He didn't look fit for much of the season. It's interesting that you should pick those two out. In terms of potential, I think they are probably my favourite players in the club. It's just that I'm not sure either is ready (or able?) to take a game by the scruff of the neck and control it from the middle of the pitch. That's why I think we need that combative midfielder.

Wing backs: fair enough, point taken. But I am struggling to remember any of our players, wing backs or anyone else, getting down the flanks and delivering decent crosses. We are at least agreed that this is an area in need of improvement.

2013/14 was always going to be difficult. I just hope we have more of a go next season.
Oxon, as you know I have tremendous admiration for what Cooper has achieved so far in difficult circumstances. The cautious football was a must. I even accept, albeit reluctantly, the dull way in which we played it. However, we were supposed to be a "work-in-progress". To me, that means we have to be more prepared to attack next season. Of course we had some good moves that perhaps deserved to produce a goal. But even the worst teams can point to a few of those in a season. Louis Thompson is potentially the most valuable player in the club but he most definitely is not the finished article. It would be wrong to expect too much of him next season. Luongo blows hot and cold - "blows" being an apt word. He didn't look fit for much of the season. It's interesting that you should pick those two out. In terms of potential, I think they are probably my favourite players in the club. It's just that I'm not sure either is ready (or able?) to take a game by the scruff of the neck and control it from the middle of the pitch. That's why I think we need that combative midfielder. Wing backs: fair enough, point taken. But I am struggling to remember any of our players, wing backs or anyone else, getting down the flanks and delivering decent crosses. We are at least agreed that this is an area in need of improvement. 2013/14 was always going to be difficult. I just hope we have more of a go next season. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Sat 10 May 14

harley red says...

cowpat wrote:
Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are.
The football we have played on a whole has been slow , boring , and lacked direction and for 3/4 of the season the centre backs were crap and made mistake week in and week out , think of the points we would have had without them ?
[quote][p][bold]cowpat[/bold] wrote: Note. We got him because of the way we play the game. Take notice all of you who knock the way we play.you know who you are.[/p][/quote]The football we have played on a whole has been slow , boring , and lacked direction and for 3/4 of the season the centre backs were crap and made mistake week in and week out , think of the points we would have had without them ? harley red
  • Score: -3

4:09pm Sun 11 May 14

Northern Red says...

"the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition"

Or to concede less?

Defence and control can win titles just as well as all out attack (something to note Liverpool!).
"the object of our football should be to score more goals than the opposition" Or to concede less? Defence and control can win titles just as well as all out attack (something to note Liverpool!). Northern Red
  • Score: 0

7:03pm Sun 11 May 14

Oi Den! says...

Haha! Conceding fewer goals than the opposition is exactly the same as scoring more. I wasn't implying we need to be involved in high scoring games. League points are the objective.
Haha! Conceding fewer goals than the opposition is exactly the same as scoring more. I wasn't implying we need to be involved in high scoring games. League points are the objective. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

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