Southampton defender Yoshida admits concerns for club

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has claimed that his team’s problems have become worse since Claude Puel left the club.

Puel led Southampton to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, while the Saints also made the final of the League Cup under the Frenchman.

The 56-year-old, who is now in charge of Leicester City, was sacked in the summer, however, after a series of disagreements with the board.

Mauricio Pellegrino took charge of first-team affairs after an impressive season at Alaves, but Southampton have struggled this season, with Tuesday’s 5-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur leaving them just two points above the relegation zone.

Yoshida, who is valued at £4.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has said that ‘everyone has to take responsibility’ for Southampton’s struggles this season as he admitted that the club’s issues have become ‘even worse’.

Yoshida told reporters:

“Yes, we can’t pass on responsibility to anyone else – to the manager, teammates, the club. That’s easy.

“Everyone has to take responsibility. Claude Puel was fired last season because the club wasn’t satisfied. But the situation is even worse now.

“So just sacking the manager is clearly not always the best choice. But it is not my decision, it is a club decision.”

Southampton, who are without a win in their last seven in the Premier League, face a trip to Manchester United on Saturday in what will be their final game of 2017.