Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has come close to breaking ranks this week as he opened up about his recent omission from the first team squad under former manager Mark Hughes.
The 27-year-old former Chelsea man has over 100 appearances to his name at the club following his reported £5million arrival back in August 2015, and he does have ten appearances to his name in 2018/19, but at the end of October with continuing poor form for the squad full stop, he dropped out of the first team picture and ended up training with the Under 23 group to keep his fitness up.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Romeu admitted himself his future looked uncertain under Hughes given how things had gone but with a clean slate and reinvolvement following his departure, he’s looking to make the most of it and prove once again he deserves that starting spot.
“It seemed to me that it was impossible to get a chance a few weeks ago. The old manager had other things in mind. He probably didn’t like the way I played, or the way I was going about my daily things.”
Romeu went on to say it’s simply part of the game and every manager has different ideas and sometimes you don’t fit, but critics of his will point to his own performances as there are always two sides to a story.
What matters now, of course, is how he performs for Hasenhuttl. If the slate is clean, he has to make the most of it and get back to his best, then we should all win.