Saints defender Jose Fonte has been a figure of positivity amongst the doom and gloom at St Mary's

Fonte's thumbs-up

Fonte's thumbs-up

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Jose Fonte has been a welcome figure of positivity at Saints recently.

The summer exodus that has seen Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren depart for Liverpool, Calum Chambers move to Arsenal, Luke Shaw switch to Manchester United and manager Mauricio Pochettino leave for Tottenham, has left somewhat of a sour taste in the mouths of Saints fans.

And while speculation rages regarding the future of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez – despite chairman Ralph Kruger pledging they wouldn’t be going anywhere – Fonte seems to be enjoying life at the club. 

A series of social media posts recently paints a picture of happiness as Ronald Koeman prepares his team for the new season.

Fonte has offered respite to supporters who undoubtedly need a break from players taking to the internet to post their discontent at Saints -- like Schneiderlin and Lovren.

His most recent post, below, on Instagram show him about to head the winning goal in the 89th minute of the 2-1 victory over Brighton as Saints were promoted from League One in 2010/11 -- a goal that sent Saints fans in to raptures. 

Below the picture he states: "one of the best moments ever." Words that reflect how much Saints mean to the Portuguese defender. 

Daily Echo:

Fonte has also posted a video that films the Saints players showing off some incredible ball control in the pool at the Staplewood Training Ground. 

Below is more of Fonte's postive posts.

The centre back posted this picture after the 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth, in which Lloyd Isgrove scored the winner. 

Daily Echo:

Ahead of the Cherries friendly game Jack Cork, Fonte and new signing Graziano Pellè pose overlooking Bournemouth beach. 

Daily Echo:

And it was all smiles with Jack Cork on the team coach. 

Daily Echo:

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5:14pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Buddy SFC says...

I hope he is our new skipper ...... The most improved player from the Championship !!

A new better paid long term contract for MR FONTE Please !!!
I hope he is our new skipper ...... The most improved player from the Championship !! A new better paid long term contract for MR FONTE Please !!! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 45

5:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Steve_N says...

Not the best CB, but has always given everything for Saints - would run through brick walls for the team.
Not the best CB, but has always given everything for Saints - would run through brick walls for the team. Steve_N
  • Score: 31

5:26pm Thu 31 Jul 14

BumperSaint says...

He would definitely be my skipper now Morgans true colours have been shown..... Just a shame we are still none the wiser as to whether he is going to sign a new deal or not!
He would definitely be my skipper now Morgans true colours have been shown..... Just a shame we are still none the wiser as to whether he is going to sign a new deal or not! BumperSaint
  • Score: 19

5:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

u bunch of mugs says...

Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON.
Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.
Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON. Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team. u bunch of mugs
  • Score: 15

5:49pm Thu 31 Jul 14

jls217 says...

This is the sort of player we need throughout the team and I don't mean all CB'S either.
This is the sort of player we need throughout the team and I don't mean all CB'S either. jls217
  • Score: 14

5:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Jesus_02 says...

u bunch of mugs wrote:
Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON.
Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.
LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff
[quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON. Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.[/p][/quote]LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff Jesus_02
  • Score: 8

5:57pm Thu 31 Jul 14

costa gaz says...

....I am a little confused, 6 months ago when we were all discussing where we needed to strengthen for 2014/15, Fonte was going to be the one's that had be replaced.
He was our weak link, too slow, unnecessary penalties conceded, now after the recent events he has become our inspiration, our new leader.
FFS guys make your minds up....
....I am a little confused, 6 months ago when we were all discussing where we needed to strengthen for 2014/15, Fonte was going to be the one's that had be replaced. He was our weak link, too slow, unnecessary penalties conceded, now after the recent events he has become our inspiration, our new leader. FFS guys make your minds up.... costa gaz
  • Score: -11

6:11pm Thu 31 Jul 14

IOAD says...

Newsnow (DE's goto for all their news) is mad with news that Fonte is on his way to Spurs. This article could be good news, or it could be the DE setting up a story for the day after tomorrow, along the lines of "Even Jose-thumbs-aloft has bailed. What's going on?"

Honestly, I barely know which way is up any more. Is it just me, or have we had a beating this summer.

Still, at least we're not in Division 4. I'd feel a lot sicker if we were. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, so said Henry Bolingbroke. Such are the trials of a supporter of a successful club.
Newsnow (DE's goto for all their news) is mad with news that Fonte is on his way to Spurs. This article could be good news, or it could be the DE setting up a story for the day after tomorrow, along the lines of "Even Jose-thumbs-aloft has bailed. What's going on?" Honestly, I barely know which way is up any more. Is it just me, or have we had a beating this summer. Still, at least we're not in Division 4. I'd feel a lot sicker if we were. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, so said Henry Bolingbroke. Such are the trials of a supporter of a successful club. IOAD
  • Score: 5

6:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

saint Compo says...

I agree that Fonte would make a good skipper and is worth keeping in the squad. His game was strong last season when partnering Lovren. Find him a strong, new centre back partner and he can produce the goods again.

COYR
I agree that Fonte would make a good skipper and is worth keeping in the squad. His game was strong last season when partnering Lovren. Find him a strong, new centre back partner and he can produce the goods again. COYR saint Compo
  • Score: 10

7:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Jesus_02 says...

costa gaz wrote:
....I am a little confused, 6 months ago when we were all discussing where we needed to strengthen for 2014/15, Fonte was going to be the one's that had be replaced.
He was our weak link, too slow, unnecessary penalties conceded, now after the recent events he has become our inspiration, our new leader.
FFS guys make your minds up....
He had a great season. I think everyones ideal was to have him and Yosida as back up with Lovren and a new signing being first choice. Hooiveld being sold.

Maybe we have re-ajusted our expectations :)
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: ....I am a little confused, 6 months ago when we were all discussing where we needed to strengthen for 2014/15, Fonte was going to be the one's that had be replaced. He was our weak link, too slow, unnecessary penalties conceded, now after the recent events he has become our inspiration, our new leader. FFS guys make your minds up....[/p][/quote]He had a great season. I think everyones ideal was to have him and Yosida as back up with Lovren and a new signing being first choice. Hooiveld being sold. Maybe we have re-ajusted our expectations :) Jesus_02
  • Score: 6

8:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
u bunch of mugs wrote:
Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON.
Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.
LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff
Don't worry about him he is either retarded or has Tourette's
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON. Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.[/p][/quote]LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff[/p][/quote]Don't worry about him he is either retarded or has Tourette's bullsbags
  • Score: -5

8:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SaintMiddleton says...

top bloke good attitude. team spirit is a must
top bloke good attitude. team spirit is a must SaintMiddleton
  • Score: 13

9:31pm Thu 31 Jul 14

u bunch of mugs says...

bullsbags wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
u bunch of mugs wrote:
Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON.
Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.
LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff
Don't worry about him he is either retarded or has Tourette's
Yawn yawn happy clapper. I think you will find it's called passion something you obviously don't have.
I may swear a lot but at least i have the decency not to use certain words you do.
What a tool. Run along now
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: Now that's the passion and commitment I want to see from our players for this fantastic club and city which is SOUTHAMPTON. Oh yeah can't wait to see Adam L aka C@ock when he is loaned out to p!ssmouth cause he can't get in the sh!tpool team.[/p][/quote]LOL...Was that last bit from " The Little Book of Calm" ...great stuff[/p][/quote]Don't worry about him he is either retarded or has Tourette's[/p][/quote]Yawn yawn happy clapper. I think you will find it's called passion something you obviously don't have. I may swear a lot but at least i have the decency not to use certain words you do. What a tool. Run along now u bunch of mugs
  • Score: -8

10:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them
We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word
I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word bullsbags
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them
We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word
I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word bullsbags
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Junwin says...

bullsbags wrote:
I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them
We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word
Why can't women read the c word?! That's a bit sexist, isn't it? I personally think the word 'retarded' is far more offensive.
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word[/p][/quote]Why can't women read the c word?! That's a bit sexist, isn't it? I personally think the word 'retarded' is far more offensive. Junwin
  • Score: 1

10:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Junwin says...

Junwin wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them
We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word
Why can't women read the c word?! That's a bit sexist, isn't it? I personally think the word 'retarded' is far more offensive.
AND I've just re-read it and he doesn't even use the c word! Unbelievable, Jeff!
[quote][p][bold]Junwin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: I hope you haven't got kids because if you have I feel sorry for them having you for a father as no doubt you use the same language in front of them We all let off steam now and then but baring in mind women and kids read these posts is there really any need to use the C word[/p][/quote]Why can't women read the c word?! That's a bit sexist, isn't it? I personally think the word 'retarded' is far more offensive.[/p][/quote]AND I've just re-read it and he doesn't even use the c word! Unbelievable, Jeff! Junwin
  • Score: 5

11:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

KiwiSaint74 says...

Good on you Fonte. Thanks for setting a good example to the team and the fans.
Good on you Fonte. Thanks for setting a good example to the team and the fans. KiwiSaint74
  • Score: 10

9:28am Fri 1 Aug 14

lowe esteem says...

But, but, but, all this was Guly's fault surely?

So guys, have you learned anything from recent events, some still slagging off the diminishing number that wear the shirt?
Support is fickle, and that's for Shaw.
But, but, but, all this was Guly's fault surely? So guys, have you learned anything from recent events, some still slagging off the diminishing number that wear the shirt? Support is fickle, and that's for Shaw. lowe esteem
  • Score: 8

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