Date: 26th March 2018 at 6:52pm
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This season Oriol Romeu has been a mere shadow of the player that he was last season.

From being a skilful hard working midfield player to one unable to perform adequately. Most of the blame must go to previous manager Pellegrino as he had the Saints playing with fear.

It seemed that the first priority was to avoid defeat and to play keep ball. Like many Saints fans we have been terribly disappointed with the way that this season has panned out. Slow attacks with much more sideways passing and passes backwards to keep the ball.

Now that we have Mark Hughes as manager I am hopeful that his style of play will be much more suitable to the Romeu of last season. A hard tackling defensive midfielder that could also start attacks with his ball control par excellence.

Writer – KRAZYB


Whilst far from perfect, Hughes and the group would’ve taken confidence from his opening win against Wigan Athletic, but it has to be remembered that in a number of matches of late Southampton have created good opportunities but failed to take them – Stoke City being a good case in point – so if Hughes does more take the shackles off and get the team back to playing to it’s creative and attacking strengths that should only help confidence further and help players gain that additional composure when chances do come their way.

Part that though will be in Romeu getting back to his own best when it comes to his defensive role and breaking up play to help keep us solid at the back.

With nine yellow cards to his name so far this campaign, he hasn’t been shying away from things, so if he can lift his own form that touch further we should definitely reap the benefits between now and May.

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4 Replies to “Can Hughes Get Romeu Firing Again?”

  • He’s still getting his foot in but yellow cards for me show he’s that yard off in defensive duties but that probably comes from frustration at our season and he lunges when he shouldn’t. Change of attitude, some confidence and a freshness from Hughes should lift everyone’s game you’d hope, not just Romeu and that half a yard closes with belief.

  • We had the same problem with Schneiderlin when he was with us as he was always getting booked. With a team playing more positively I feel he can improve enough to be a big plus. Davis will help as well as he is one that does a lot of mileage per game.

  • If he can find coast season’s form might be worth a shout. He could get booked and end up being unavailable.

  • Nature of the game thesedays means players of his style will pick up unnecessary yellows, a happier dressing room without struggle will mean better decisions though.

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