In an interview with the Eastern Daily Press, Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has hinted that he doesn’t want to return to St Mary’s following his season-long loan spell from Norwich City if he isn’t going to be playing football, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on his comments.
The 23-year-old has been a regular for the Canaries in the middle of the park this season having made just 30 appearances in all competitions for the south coast outfit’s first team previously.
The midfielder has already surpassed that tally this term with the Championship outfit having made 32 outings in total for them, and he would face a challenge to play regularly at his parent club given they have Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in central midfield – although that could of course change if Mauricio Pellegrino’s men are relegated.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Reed’s thoughts on his future, and while one said “a summer move could be best for all parties”, another said “if (when) we sell Lemina we will need him”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Harrison reed will get a starting place in the squad every week if we get relegated, but if that doesn’t happen he will be sold.
— Daniel Gregory (@GregoryD4N) February 26, 2018
Just let him have another year on loan at Norwich. They are paying his wages, he is improving, and if(when) we sell Lemina we will need him.
— Ian Davis (@Iananities) February 26, 2018
He went on loan as he we have loads of midfielders that are ahead of him. If one or two of PEH, Romeu, Lemina, Davis, JWP, Boufal, Tadic, Sims leave then he may stand a chance. Or he comes back and fights for his place if he thinks he is good enough.
— Jon Harris (@Funkyhound) February 26, 2018
Don't blame him, we should never have sent him out on loan xx
— Sarah Goodchild (@goodchild53) February 26, 2018
He will get plenty of game time for us in the championship next season! #saintsfc
— James (@JamesCarr02) February 26, 2018
Don’t blame him #saintsfc
— Russell Carey (@Fuffell) February 26, 2018
It could have been a different story if we never blocked his pathway into the first-team with Clasie, though. https://t.co/88QRWWmLIc
— Aidan Small (@MrAidanSmall) February 26, 2018
It can understand his frustration! Many experienced squad players this season have not looked remotely interested at times. It’s about time we start playing some of our youth players! Sims, Reed, Hesketh etc. They’re all quality and need to play more for us! #SaintsFC https://t.co/rPg36TiKMY
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) February 26, 2018
Don’t think Reed is anywhere near Romeu, PEH or Lemina
— Ryan Wooldridge (@CaddyWooldridge) February 26, 2018