Southampton failed to win for the 11th consecutive match in the English Premier League on Sunday, this time earning a point against Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s.
While it will be seen as an important point against Mauricio Pochettino’s men, Saints are at serious risk of relegation, finding themselves in the bottom three with just 14 games remaining before the end of the season.
They got their goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw through Davinson Sanchez, who diverted Ryan Bertrand’s cross into his own net. Spurs rallied immediately, Harry Kane equalising just minutes later.
Fans were happy to take positives from the 90 minutes but did have some frustrations with their attacking intentions again, with many criticising Manolo Gabbiadini in particular.
The Italian, who signed for a reported £14m last January, has scored just three goals in 23 appearances so far this season and fans are hoping for more from him in the months to come.
A variety of solutions have been suggested including playing him alongside Shane Long, insisting he works harder when given opportunities or even selling him as soon as possible.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Gabbiadini has been near on useless no hold up play lack of link up play and no desire to work hard in his opportunity sell him back to Italy ASAP. ??#saintsfc
— Ewan Campbell (@EwanCampbell1NI) January 21, 2018
Don’t think I’ve ever seen Gabbiadini win anything in the air or hold up the ball #saintsfc
— Captain Kaos (@Cpt_Kaoss) January 21, 2018
Good point that ?? played decent looked like a team #SaintsFC playing one up top it has to be Shane Long not Gabbiadini tho, Gabbiadini doesn’t work the line or hassle & chase the back four enough ., all round pretty good tho for saints ??
— Rich ??????? (@romsey_squib) January 21, 2018
Good point for Saints but we're in dire need of a decent striker, Gabbiadini looked lazy today and we can't rely on 17 year olds from the reserves #saintsfc
— Mark Campbell (@Marklovesbaconn) January 21, 2018
Good point need to win the next few
Stephens marking Kane n McCarthy should have come for it.
Then Gabbiadini did he have a shot inside the box?! N his positioning isn't very good n his runs have become predictable n his ability in the air is non existent #SaintsFC
— Raul Vaid (@rvaid3) January 21, 2018
Gabbiadini didn’t take his chance today, really need a consistent striker quickly #saintsfc
— Doug Maclellan (@MacLeTiss) January 21, 2018
Just like to say that I think I've been wrong slating Pellegrino for starting Long over Gabbiadini recently. Gabbi is clearly a good finisher but there's too much responsibility for him in our system; Long's workrate is more of an asset. We should try both together. #SaintsFC
— Owen The Saints (@Owen_TheSaints) January 21, 2018
Manolo Gabbiadini is overrated pass it on
— Ryan (@ryangregoryy) January 21, 2018