Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Ham United in recent times, and Saints fans have been debating on Twitter whether they would cash in on the Gabon international to fund a move for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The south coast outfit only signed the 24-year-old from Juventus in an £18m deal last summer, but it was certainly an up-and-down debut campaign at St Mary’s for the African ace, who showed glimpses of the ability he has in locker at times, but disappointed at others.
Meanwhile, Loftus-Cheek faces plenty of competition to get into Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI following his return from a successful loan spell with Crystal Palace next term, with Jorginho joining the likes of N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley in the middle of the park.
Southampton supporters, some of whom have been discussing a potential move for a Barcelona star on Twitter, have been quick to have their say on potentially selling Lemina to help them bring Loftus-Cheek in via social media, and while one said “Lemina is a better player”, another said “I would swap anyone in the squad for RLC”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Given Lemina is a lazy bag of garbage that had like 3 good games last season, 100%.
I'd sell Lemina to have almost any other player in midfield. The only reason he looks good is because he is next Hojbjerg who is literally the worst midfielder in the Premier League.
— Kingsley (@kingsley1234f) July 29, 2018
Lemina, great on his day, but unreliable and inconsistent. Loftus-Cheek the opposite. Less pazzaz, but reliable & immaculate in possession.
— Christ Rann (@crstig) July 29, 2018
Consistency, commitment and quality – yes. Would you Holland?
— Me (@RhysThomas2014) July 29, 2018
Genuinely I think Lemina has the physical/technical qualities to be the best CM in the PL. Not sure he has discipline/determination/mindset to do it though. I’d be inclined to stick with him. Really rate RLC though and would love to see him in a Saints shirt
— Tom Holland (@tomholland28) July 29, 2018
I was impressed by Loftus-Cheek at the world cup but would rather keep Lemina as his potential is huge! Had to re-do this as it auto-corrected to keeping Lemonade…..
— Rich Prosser (@RichProsser) July 29, 2018
Lemina is a better player than RLC atm. I guess it depends on the price for both
— lenny (@lennysaints) July 29, 2018
I would swap anyone in the squad for RLC.
— Andy (@AndyWamo) July 29, 2018
No. Lemina has experience in a different European league along with UCL experience. Loftus-Cheek has neither of those and on top of that hasn’t ever really reached the hype that has surrounded him his whole career.
— Niko (@NikoYeganian) July 30, 2018