Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been rolled out in front of the media to preview Southampton’s game tomorrow evening against Leicester City.
There wasn’t a lot wrong with his words in reality. He acknowledged that the players have a big responsibility in the remaining weeks of the 2017/18 campaign and he claimed that he didn’t believe our league position or results so far this year were a true reflection on the quality we have in the first team.
Obviously, that statement came with an acknowledgement that the players now needed to show that on the pitch with commitment and desire rather than simply saying the right things to the media as we approach our next five games with a current five-point gap to safety.
The 22-year-old Danish international midfielder explained to saintsfc.
“The next few weeks is life-changing. Wherever our paths go, and wherever all our ways go, whether it’s short-term or long-term, this will all change our lives, this will all change our way of looking on football. I promise you, I promise to the fans, and I promise to the people standing outside, there is not one single person inside here who wants to be in this situation. There is not one person who actually thinks ‘Oh, this may be good for me in a way.’ Everyone is suffering.”
Hojbjerg went on to say that the players didn’t need people to feel ‘sorry’ for them as ultimately he more than acknowledged they had ‘brought this’ on themselves and that means it’s down to them to change our form around and get the victories we need to avoid the drop back into the Championship, but he still remained confident that we can do just that.
Unfortunately for Hojbjerg, it transpires, he did also say.
“We have a big responsibility, for our families, for ourselves, for the team, for the club and a big responsibility for the fans who are showing up, to show this is not a situation that is worthy of us as individuals, of us as a team and of us as Southampton Football Club.”
I’m sure fans can already guess where I’m going with this when I mention social media.
Myself, I’m not even sure it’s an oversight in the ordering or a mix of learning a new language or whether or not, even if it was, it’s actually an issue?
Some take the double repetition of ‘big’ to mean he means it equally and wanted to prove that point, for others it’s just another example of players being removed from the fanbase and simply being employees but that’s probably a debate for another day.
Suffice to say from where I sit he’s clearly no Dani Osvaldo.
No you all don't, you all only think about yourselves and your future.
— Mahmoud (@Just_Mahmoud_) April 18, 2018
Not true about PEH IMO
— Les' Lamborghini (@saintbannerman) April 18, 2018
???? The Southampton Way: Release statement like this midweek, get embarrassed by the opposition. Rinse and repeat until relegated. #saintsfc
— Jake Wade (@Jake_Wade21) April 18, 2018
I assume these words mean you'll be delighted to stay in the championship and will turn down premier league football and more money in the summer right?
— Ade Reynolds (@adereynolds) April 18, 2018
Nice sentiments. Now do the business.
— Doc Martin (@DocMartin59) April 18, 2018
I’m moving to Southampton and we need to do better then this, CMON BOYS
— Felix Windmill Skeed (@FelixwsIxy) April 18, 2018
5 your families
— Matteo Bianchini (@matteobi27) April 18, 2018
Time to get a grip – but may be too late ……..
— stephenchayter (@stephenchayter) April 18, 2018
I notice the fans come last in that list.
— Julian Hood (@harvey_hood) April 18, 2018