Ronald Koeman set to give Gaston Ramirez chance to prove himself at Southampton

first_img “I spoke to him before starting the pre-season and for the first time he had a normal holiday. “And after seven or eight days of the pre-season, he got an injury and lost three weeks in the pre-season. Then you know it is difficult. “Still, he isn’t the first choice on the position in front, but I know his qualities. “He is technically a very good player and if he is physically on level, yeah, why not? Why not? It’s competition. “It’s all about your performance during the whole week and if you get the opportunity to play show your qualities.” Koeman believes oft-injured Ramirez has to be 100 per cent physically to perform in a league which sometimes proves “too physical” for the South American. A lack of on-field discipline has also frustrated the Saints boss, although he spotted a few positive signs in Milton Keynes. “He is a player who likes to take freedom on the pitch,” Koeman said. “I say always to the players take freedom out of your position. What he did yesterday was different than sometimes when he played (as he played with discipline). “He played more from the right and then he can go in. That’s the freedom that every attacker, every forward, needs. “But, in my opinion, he took too much freedom and then it is difficult for your organisation in the team.” Upon promotion back to the Premier League three years ago, Saints spent a lot of time, effort and money bringing the Uruguay international over from Bologna. Much was expected of the then club-record acquisition, although Ramirez has only showed fleeting glimpses of his undoubted talent during that period. The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at relegated Hull and looked set for a summer exit from St Mary’s, with Koeman admitting it looked “very difficult” for him to stay. Saints had even considered tearing up his deal, as they did with Dani Osvaldo, after failing to shift him before the window closed, although he could now get an unlikely chance to shine in the final season of his deal. The 24-year-old looked decent off the bench in Wednesday’s 6-0 Capital One Cup mauling of MK Dons – a first appearance for the club in 13 months that Koeman suggests could be followed by more. “What’s changed? What has changed is we passed the transfer window,” the Dutchman said. “We had some injuries with some players and I gave some players a rest. “Of course, normally, it is a possibility to take one of the strikers from the under-21s, but they played on Monday for 90 minutes. “He is part of the team, he is training well, his behaviour is positive. I’m the first to give that kind of player a chance when we need somebody. “(Injuries are) one of the big problems for Gaston. Southampton were prepared to write Gaston Ramirez off as a £12million flop, but now manager Ronald Koeman is ready to give him a chance to belatedly prove his worth. Press Associationlast_img read more

D.O. Sports’ 10 most-newsworthy stories of spring 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm The Daily Orange has worked to keep you covered on all the biggest news in Syracuse sports this spring, from breaking the link between Frank Howard’s suspension in the NCAA Tournament and a failed drug test to an obituary of Jorge Jimenez, the man Jim Boeheim struck and killed in February. We’ve also covered Syracuse men’s basketball toppling then-No. 1 Duke in Durham, North Carolina to ice hockey winning its first College Hockey America championship in program history.As spring comes to a close, here’s our list of the 10 most-newsworthy sports stories from the past few months.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerSyracuse season ends in historic upset to South Dakota State in second round of NCAA tournamentAs a No. 3 seed, Syracuse women’s basketball would host the first two games of its side of the NCAA tournament pool. The team was dominant all season and beat Fordham by 21 points in the first round. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet, South Dakota State proved to be a different test. SDSU tallied nine 3-pointers and crushed Syracuse down the stretch. A 16-2 fourth quarter run ended SU’s season earlier than expected.Courtesy of SU AthleticsSyracuse captures 1st-ever conference title over Robert Morris behind 4-goal second periodIn Buffalo, Syracuse’s ice hockey team secured its first College Hockey America championship by exploding for four goals in the second period against rival Robert Morris. Prior to this year, the Orange were 0-6 in CHA final games. SU head coach Paul Flanagan has experienced each heartbreaking loss, as he’s coached the team since its first season in 2008. “To see Paul (Flanagan) raise the trophy was unreal,” defender Kristen Siermachesky said. “This guy’s put every single thing, every second of his life into this team and truly believes in us.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse senior Frank Howard suspended for failed drug test, 3 familiar with situation sayBefore Syracuse opened the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed against Baylor, senior point guard Frank Howard was suspended indefinitely by Syracuse. Howard had traveled with the team and was coming off his best performance of the season, a 28-point outing against Duke.But three people familiar to the situation said Howard had failed a drug test in between the ACC and NCAA tournament. The Orange lost to Baylor in the first round.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerTyus Battle to reportedly leave Syracuse for the NBA DraftBattle, who averaged nearly 17 points per game in his junior season, decided to leave Syracuse for the NBA Draft in April. In his three years at SU, Battle amassed the 16th-most points in school history. Many experts peg the shooting guard as a late-second round draft pick.Courtesy of Brian HernandezFriends, family remember Jorge Jimenez, victim of I-690 crash involving Jim BoeheimJorge Jimenez, 51, was known as “the life of the party.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed Jimenez on Interstate-690 east on Feb. 20. Jimenez is survived by his four children. He loved cooking, fishing and the New York Yankees. The Jimenez family created a GoFundMe for his funeral expenses that reached its $15,000 goal within a week of his death.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer‘Nothing like this’: Jim Boeheim returns to sideline less than 72 hours after tragic crashJim Boeheim walked out to a standing ovation in the Carrier Dome less than 72 hours after he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez in a tragic car accident.He met for an embrace with Duke head coach and longtime friend Mike Krzyzewski at mid-court in front of the largest home crowd to ever witness a college basketball game. Syracuse lost to Duke that night, but Boeheim still coached the Orange after the tragic accident.Josh Schafer | Senior Staff Writer‘The Met Effect’: For Syracuse baseball, an introduction to the major leaguesThis is year one for the Syracuse Mets, who were introduced as the New York Mets’ Triple-A team. The team has a new owner after the Washington Nationals sold the rights to the New York Mets. They changed their name from the Chiefs to the Mets. Tim Tebow, former collegiate football superstar, moved to baseball after a short career in the NFL and plays for the Mets.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse pulls off monumental, resume-boosting upset road win over No. 1 DukeComing off four nonconference losses, unranked Syracuse men’s basketball wasn’t in position to compete for a NCAA Tournament spot. The season prior, it was the last team in. In January, Syracuse would take on the No. 1 team in the nation — Duke. The Orange shot 44% from deep and Tyus Battle slashed the Blue Devils defense for 32 points. And after going to overtime, Syracuse pulled away and picked up the monumental win it needed to earn another tournament berth.Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSeniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani break school records as outdoor season kicks offAs Syracuse kicked off its outdoor track & field season, seniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani set a record-breaking pace. In the men’s 10-kilometer, Aouani (28:25.36) broke Martin Hehir’s record by two seconds on his way to a ninth place finish. At the Stanford Invitational, competing against professional and collegiate runners, Stoner (32:07.36) beat the 10k record previously held by Margo Malone on her way to a fourth place finish overall, and second among collegiate runners.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerBrendan Curry’s overtime winner lifts No. 12 Syracuse over No. 2 Duke, 9-8In a rare outdoor Syracuse lacrosse game, midfielder Brendan Curry lifted the Orange to an upset over No. 2 Duke with an overtime goal. Though he missed his first 11 shots, Curry buried his 12th attempt off senior Nate Solomon’s assist for the game-winner. The Blue Devils finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, and represented a high point for Syracuse, who lost in the first round of the ACC tournament in the last week of April. Commentslast_img read more