Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has made a request to the St Mary’s faithful for togetherness ahead of their crucial clash against south coast rivals Bournemouth at St Mary’s on Saturday, and Saints fans have been quick to react to the 26-year-old’s comments.
Mark Hughes’ men lie four points from safety with just four Premier League fixtures remaining, and they will be looking to pick up just their second top flight win since November against the Cherries, and the first since the Welshman succeeded Mauricio Pellegrino last month.
According to the Daily Echo, Romeu said: “It’s the most important game of the season. Every one of them is important for us to stay up. We want to give everything. We don’t want to look to the past and say we’ve left something in the dressing room.
“It’s important that we get that connection between us and the fans, so we can push onto together and get the points we need.”
The former Chelsea man is one of the Saints players that has underperformed this term, as was shown by his display and statistics in the 0-0 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last week.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Romeu’s comments, and while one said “this stuff is insulting”, another said “please stop with the motivational stuff”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Please stop with the motivational stuff, we need a result, not words
— Noah (@LeminaSZN) April 24, 2018
Im bored of hearing the same drivel after every defeat….. the fans always do their bit…anyone in the Saints end Sunday will vouch for that!!!!
— Lewis Walker (@lewbusson) April 24, 2018
— lee marchant (@leesfc) April 25, 2018
I'm all in on support but like you've been saying this for a while and nothing's changed
— Bob Woody (@Cohigabanzai) April 24, 2018
This stiff is insulting. Just stop.
— Paul Hart (@Hart0071Paul) April 24, 2018
Id sooner they won a game and not connect with the fans
— gtrusco (@GarthTruscott) April 25, 2018
Isn't it just a little late for that…….
— Bazza (@Bazz1955) April 25, 2018