Date: 14th March 2018 at 11:30pm
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A lot has been said about the reasons for keeping Virgil van Dijk last summer.

One being the lateness of the bid and another Saints showing that the club is bigger than the individual. Neither thought does for me as the money even that late could have been used to stiffen our defence and might have enabled us also to buy a good defensive midfield player.

As for the club being bigger than the player, I believe we now know different.

From the beginning of this season we saw little of VVD and when we did it was not the player of last season. Yes he was returning from a long injury but the team seemed badly affected by the transfer dispute between player and club. All season our players have played a holding game with little or no thrust.

After finally selling VVD in January we failed miserably to buy decent players to give our team a boost. This dithering by the board showed a lack of trust in our manager Mauricio Pellegrino as far as I am concerned.

The only player bought was a player previously managed by the manager but sadly one that has forgotten how to score. There were a few players available in the last couple of weeks in January that might have been better for us. We will never know.

The board must take responsibility for the malaise shown by the team throughout as there has been little or no leadership. All of which stems from our inability to react sooner to the situation. The board will say they tried to keep VVD for the fans but they are there to run the club in the club’s best interest. Selling an injured player and replacing him with a couple of decent players in my book makes far more sense.

Writer – KRAZYB

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