Poortvliet's side nearing completion

Last updated : 16 January 2009 By Chris C
However, a more balanced and talented looking side is starting to emerge as the transfer window starts to take shape.

In defence, even Lowe has recognised that they cannot rely on Michael Svensson making an extended comeback and have finally opted for height and experience in the form of Saeijs alongside the solid veteran Chris Perry.

At full back, as all season, we are at our most inexperienced with Molyneux only having a single competitive first team game to call on and converted midfielder Lloyd James only in his first full season. A right back remains a priority for the side, particularly with Jack Cork no longer available to cover.

In midfield Saints have the makings of a talented, if not physically imposing side. Surman and Schneiderlin are both class acts, with Holmes and the returning Lallana adding quality on the flanks. Saints may struggle to win back the ball with those four, but will at least be less likely to lose it in the first place.

Up front Saganowski's experience is a very welcome addition to the misfiring attack and it is hoped that he will bring the best out of McGoldrick who looks more effective when not having to lead the line on his own.

All this without mentioning the player of the season so far 'Super' Kelvin Davis who is showing just why he was voted the Championship keeper of the season until his ill-fated move to Sunderland.

Of course this Saints side has its weaknesses, but with Davis, Saejis, Surman and Saganoswki it has a decent spine of experienced, quality players, something that has not been the case often enough this season as Poortvliet over-relied on the youngsters.

After the fortunate win at Barnsley we have to hope that this emerging side can turn on the style at home and use their increased experience to finally add a second win against a side we beat comfortably away from home.

However, as any Saints fan will tell you, we don't do comfortable - let's just start with a home win.