National newspaper journalist Alex Crook said on his official Twitter account on Monday that Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is up for sale, on Saints fans were quick to say that they don’t want the 6 ft star to leave.
#Saints are still in the hunt for a couple of signings including a central defender but main focus will now be to trim a bloated wage bill with Austin, Forster, Cedric, Hoedt, Clasie, Lemina, Boufal and Carrillo all available for sale.
— Alex Crook (@alex_crook) July 1, 2019
The 25-year-old joined the south coast outfit from Juventus in the summer of 2017, and he has played 52 matches across all competitions for them since, scoring two goals and providing a further two assists.
A lack of consistency and injury issues – especially between December and April last season – have meant that he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting XI, and he only made one start in the five Premier League matches when he did return towards the end of 2018/19 under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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The Gabon international was an unused substitute for the home matches against Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, finding himself behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse in the pecking order.
Despite all of that, Saints supporters are clearly keen for the African to remain at St Mary’s, with one saying it “would be a horrendous decision” to get rid, and another saying “you’re having a laugh aren’t you?”
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Aydin Osman (@Aydin_Osman96) July 1, 2019
Keep Lemina and Boufal IMO
— Kev (@_kev_the_saint) July 1, 2019
— ??? (@JonHarmer12) July 1, 2019
— Liam Houghton (@Liam_Houghton98) July 1, 2019
Agree Lemina is quality when he is in the team and fully fit.
— Peter Edwards (@petergedwards1) July 1, 2019
Shame lemina and Boufal are listed tbh
— Myles (@Myles_SFC) July 1, 2019
Personally I think it would be a horrendous decision to get rid of Lemina…. the guy is oozes class on his day #saintsfc
— Mikey Davis (@MikeyDavis7) July 1, 2019
We should keep Boufal and Lemina. They are a both quality. We should sell Stephens, Forster, Austin, Carillo, Gallagher, Hoedt, Clasie, Cedric, McQueen, Reed and maybe even Long. Should be more than enough for a solid centreback and one more player. #saintsfc
— Daniel Friestad (@datfriestad) July 1, 2019
Why would anyone want to see Lemina go. Glimpses of genius. Injury prone first season in the hardest league in the world and coming into his prime at just 25. Bloke needs another season. Could be awesome #saintsfc
— Tom C (@tcsaintsfc) July 1, 2019