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Southampton travel to face Newcastle United this weekend, with Mauricio Pochettino's side looking to build on their 1-1 draw with Manchester City last weekend, where £15m striker Dani Osvaldo scored a sublime equaliser. Pochettino believes that, despite the immense skill shown by the Italian last weekend, the former Roma striker has more to give.
"We believe that he still has a big margin to improve, he has a lot to go still," Saints boss Pochettino said. “Right now, he is in the process of growing and adapting to this league.
"I think he needs to understand that the goal he scored puts him on the right path, but he still has to learn, still has to improve. He still has to mature and still has to keep on working to be able to deliver that kind of goal every week.”
Fellow Saints striker Jay Rodriguez earned his first England cap in the November defeat to Chile, but has targeted more caps at next summer's World Cup – despite being criticised for his performance in the friendly against the South Americans, as England slipped to a 2-0 home defeat.
"I don't really listen to whether anyone says anything," Rodriguez said. "Obviously I wasn't happy with my performance in the game, but the experience was unbelievable for me. I took a lot of positives from that, but I would have obviously liked it to have gone better and to get the win. It was a hard game and I thought Chile played really well. I think you've always got to set your targets as high as you can and I think that [the World Cup] is the highest target you can try to achieve."
The transfer window is on the horizon, and the Saints have been linked with a number of players, including Werder Bremen's Aaron Hunt, Wolfsburg's Diego and Sofiane Feghouli of Valencia. However, Pochettino denied his interest in the trio, saying; "No, not right now. So far we haven't actually analysed or look at any one player. None of those players are of interest."
Additionally, Saints left back Luke Shaw has been strongly linked with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs, but Jose Mourinho says he won't be making a move for the 18 year old in January. "The market is closed. It will open in January. But as I have said, I don't think we will be in there, buying or selling."At the end of the season, of course, normally every club does it. Chelsea do it as well. At the end of the season we will analyse and see."
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