Since making his Premier League breakthrough for Southampton in the 2016/2017 season, Stephens has endured a rather indifferent career at St Mary’s.
The centre-back has found himself in and out of the team, and has struggled to really nail down a place in the starting line-up under a number of Saints managers.
After getting the nod for the side’s opening Premier League clash of the season against Burnley, Stephens had a performance to forget and looked all at sea at Turf Moor.
Following the side’s disappointing 3-0 defeat, Southampton fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure and many were furious with Stephens’ performance.
Many felt the defender simply “isn’t good enough” and had cost the side numerous points over the course of his Southampton career.
Indeed, some insisted Stephens is not of the required quality at Premier League level and urged Hasenhuttl to stop playing him in the first-team.
Check out some of the reaction of Southampton fans below:
I know u can’t judge a game by the first game, but we have the same problems and our defence is guaranteed to make 3 mistakes a game. Stephens isn’t good enough and has cost us too many points other the past 2 seasons.
— Benjamin Charles (@BenjaminHc24) August 10, 2019
But on the flip side, You gotta stop playing Jack Stephens Ralph. I’m sure he’s a great guy but i’d rather stick a scarecrow in the defence than see him a saints shirt again. #SaintsFC
— Jay (@ffsJxy) August 10, 2019
— Total Raumdeuter (@RaumdeuterTotal) August 10, 2019
I like Ralph I really do, good manager and all but he does need his head testing to keep playing Jack Stephens in defence! We all know he is the weak link but yet he plays. #SaintsFC
— Andrew Douglas (@AndyDouglas79) August 10, 2019
What’s a jack stephens and what does it do?
— teix (@tommytank6259) August 10, 2019
Jack Stephens is stealing a living, please follow your mate Charlie Austin and leave the club #saintsfc
— James Dack (@James_Dack) August 10, 2019