I have followed Southampton for a bloody long time.
My first ever game was in 1952 as a birthday present. Since that game in the old Division Three against Rotherham, which we lost, I have seen us rise to the top on two occasions.
I’ve also seen us drop to today’s third tier and never did I feel as bad as I do now. The last time we were relegated was down to poor ownership and sadly this time I think we can say the same.
Katarina Liebherr has overseen the selling of our best players and the purchasing of inadequate quality as replacements. Her pockets have been filled and now we have new owners. These Chinese owners seem to have no idea what to do about the situation we are in and have been, since the start of the season.
I believe 90% of our support at least, has been saying we have to get rid of the manager, and this was long before Xmas. To do that would have given us time to let a new man see what our squad needed, and then look for the much needed recruits.
We have no muscle in the team as we see weekly how our players are being overpowered. We have Romeu on the bench but he doesn’t seem to fit in with our managers’ ideas, but he was one of our best players last season and should be given a go.
I would play him with Lemina and JWP as our centre midfield. Sims deserves a go after his two games last month. Maybe leave Boufal or Tadic on the left, or put McQueen there.
Our strikers are failing us badly but a lot of that is from a lack of service in the main. Austin is just back from a long spell on the sidelines injured. Sadly we can’t afford to allow him time. I would start our next game with Gabbiadini up front. Austin can warm the bench until used as a substitute if needed.
Our lack of goals has hurt us a lot. However if we can strengthen our midfield which will in turn help our defence we may ease the pressure on our misfiring attack force.
Yoshida has been warming the bench for weeks now as well and I would swap him with Hoedt. The partnership he was building with Stephens last season after VVD got injured looked better than what we have been watching now.
Plenty for you to consider so again whether you agree or disagree let us know.
Writer – KRAZYB