Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has made one change to the side that were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at St Mary’s on Sunday for the FA Cup fifth round tie against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the selection.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 17, 2018
Nathan Redmond has replaced Oriol Romeu with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dropping back alongside Mario Lemina in the middle of the park, while youngster Josh Sims makes the substitutes’ bench along with Manolo Gabbiadini, and Sofiane Boufal, Maya Yoshida and club captain Steven Davis all miss out because of injury.
The south coast outfit haven’t reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since the 2004/05 campaign, losing at this stage in each of the four times they have advanced to the last 16 since then, and they will see this as an opportunity to gain some much-needed confidence after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side last weekend saw them slip back into the Premier League relegation zone.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Pellegrino’s selection for the cup tie, and while one said “unfair on Gabbiadini”, another simply said “unbelievable!”
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Good to see Redmond back 👏👏
— Jonathan Hart (@JHART_SFC) February 17, 2018
Good to see Gabbiadini getting his chance
— Jay (@Granty_SFC) February 17, 2018
Time to turn up Redmond
— Ewan Campbell (@EwanCampbell1NI) February 17, 2018
Unfair on Gabbiadini
— AADIL123 (@AADIL42) February 17, 2018
Come on Redmond, lets see how good you are 💪🏼
— Jamie (@jamie17saints) February 17, 2018
Why would you not play 2 up top in this game! FFS
— Mike (A754935) (@I_am_mike75) February 17, 2018
Unbelievable! 🤡 #PellegrinoOut
— steve m (@steve76m) February 17, 2018
Wonder what gabbi has done wrong!!! Joke, what an opportunity to play the both of them up front!!!
— Paul Bowring (@paulbowring85) February 17, 2018