Southampton fans on Twitter are divided after midfielder Mario Lemina was left out of the club’s 26-man squad for the pre-season tour to Austria.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s after The Telegraph reported last month that Saints were willing to listen to offers for the Gabon international, who confirmed in an interview with Foot Mercato over the weekend that he is seeking pastures new.
The African ace joined the south coast outfit from Juventus two summers ago and is clearly talented when he wants to be, but he has never managed to hold down a regular place in the starting XI under Mauricio Pellegrino, Mark Hughes or Ralph Hasenhuttl in his 52 appearances.
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Absence because of an abdominal injury for the majority of the Austrian’s time at the helm so far has hardly helped Lemina’s case, and he only started once in the team’s final five Premier League fixtures in 2018/19 on his return to fitness, remaining an unused substitute in two.
Saints supporters on social media are certainly split over the decision to omit the midfielder from the trip to Austria, with one saying “if we actually sell Lemina I’m done”, but another disagreed and believes “his head hasn’t been in it for a while now”.
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Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I just cannot believe we are genuinely trying to get rid of Lemina, just wow. #saintsfc
— Rob (@robIacey) July 8, 2019
I guess Lemina is off then ?
— ••: Ash :•• (@THE_SA1NTS) July 8, 2019
If we actually sell Lemina I’m done.
— Oz (@Ozman_1999) July 8, 2019
You should be persuading Lemina to stay !
— Paul Stewart Gallery ?⬛️?⬜️ (@pstewartgallery) July 8, 2019
Mario Lemina is the most talented player we have. We should be building a team around him. Instead we will let him go and, (if we), replace him with someone average.
Unlike Boufal, you cannot class him as a ‘luxury’ player.
— Antonio M. Vetere (@azzurro1961) July 8, 2019
Lemina is replaceable.. he’d be a loss of course, but his head hasn’t been in it for a while now #SaintsFC ??
— Rhys??⍟ (@RhysTheSaint) July 8, 2019
Hey, real talk. For every game where Lemina looks like a world beater, he has about 5 where he puts in less effort than he does miming bad rap songs on Instagram. We also for the first time in ages, have a manager that at least looks like he knows what he’s doing. #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/L0QbP4LYs6
— Karl Coffey (@kvrlcoffey) July 8, 2019
Let Lemina go, decent fee and sort a CB #saintsfc
— Robbo ? (@robbo9c) July 8, 2019
He’s just average, really don’t where people think he’s a world beater, he had one good game against city and the other few where he was good were against the teams in and around the relegation places. Cash in and get a CB with the money
— Simon Hambleton (@TheRuggedChef_) July 8, 2019