Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina put in a disappointing display in his side’s 2-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, and it certainly wasn’t the first of his time with the south coast club.
Big things were expected of the Gabon international among the St Mary’s faithful when he joined them from Juventus just a few months after appearing as a substitute in the Champions League football, but he has largely failed to live up to those expectations.
While the 25-year-old has shone on occasions, those occasions haven’t been frequent enough for a player who is clearly talented and cost £18.1m.
It was certainly somewhat of a surprise to see the African midfielder keep his spot in the starting XI for the Carabao Cup victory over Everton on Tuesday night, although the currently undroppable Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg does seem to operate better alongside him than Oriol Romeu.
Lemina has certainly been something of a controversial figure previously given as he sometimes seems to put more effort into his social media accounts than on the pitch, and some of his displays have attracted great criticism from his own supporters on Twitter.
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It seems apparent already that after winning just one of their opening seven Premier League matches this term that Southampton could find themselves in another battle against the drop, and whether the former Juve man is the type of player you want in those situations when things aren’t going your way remains to be seen.
We asked Saints fans to vote on our poll to see whether they would sell Lemina during the January transfer window, and 65% of those that took part said they would, as you can see from the results below.