Such is the nature of his standing on the South Coast, Jose Fonte is undoubtedly one of the most popular players at Southampton in recent years.
For a side who often see their top talent depart on an annual basis, the Portuguese’s stoic presence in the backline has been a reassuring sight for those at St. Mary’s across a number of years now.
Captaining the side, the former Crystal Palace man has been a major part of their meteoric rise through the leagues, developing into one of the most competitive in the top tier.
He’s earned his reputation as one of the most solid in England throughout his seven seasons with the club and is on the crest of a wave after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal.
However, a relatively slow start to the campaign has had the Saints fans on Twitter venting their feelings about the player, with many suggesting his heart is no longer in it.
Linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer, Fonte’s perceived change in attitude has invoked the ire of Saints on social media.
Fonte also needs to stop thinking about the Euro's/Mourinho, and concentrate on defending properly. Mind still looks elsewhere. #saintsfc
— Ed Pearse (@Wiggles_01) September 25, 2016
Davis and Fonte are having poor starts to this season. Fonte keeps looking dodgy and Davis isn't able to pick a pass. #saintsfc
— Marc Real (@MarcRReal) September 25, 2016
Virgil and Bertrand having to work double, Fonte and Cedric treading water #saintsfc
— antineil (@antineil) September 25, 2016
Jose Fonte has been pathetic so far. Boring, boring game. Southampton have no pace at all.
— Cal (@CvllumCrxigs) September 25, 2016
Is it just me that thinks Fonte looks a shadow of the player he was last year? Very ropey..#saintsfc
— Harry Stokes (@HarryStokes_93) September 25, 2016
Fonte gotta get his head into this team!!
— Robbie (@SAINTSINFRANCE) September 25, 2016