Today’s a big day for Southampton and Bournemouth fans. It’s a Premier League south-coast derby and everyone’s expecting an exciting and engrossing tussle at Dean Court.
It’s one that Jose Fonte is going to miss, victim again to Claude Puel’s rotation policy. The Southampton manager makes a massive 6 changes this afternoon.
The teams are in!
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 18, 2016
Maya Yoshida will take a place alongside Virgil van Dijk and not everyone’s happy about it. One of those unhappy could be Jose Fonte himself. Earlier this month he expressed dismay at Puel’s rotation policy.
After missing out on a Europa League encounter, Fonte (quoted by The Telegraph) said: “Of course I’m disappointed. I want to play every game. I’m fit to play every game. I’m always on the dance floor – I’m always fit.”
Also the subject of many transfer rumours this month, the timing of the Southampton captain’s absence today couldn’t be more intriguing.
The player was also spotted by BBC reporter Adam Blackmore having an ‘animated discussion’ with the manager just before the team news announcement.
— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) December 18, 2016
All in all some Saints fans are unhappy with the decision and were hoping to see their captain take his place in today’s starting line-up.
The whole scenario has added another intriguing dimension to the first Premier League kick-off of the afternoon at 1:30pm and we can’t wait to see how it all transpires.
Yoshida has been great when he's played this season… but why the hell has Fonte been benched?? #SaintsFC
— Sam Macdonald (@sammaccyd) December 18, 2016
The fonte / #saintsfc love affair is coming to a miserable end ????
— Eggar1981 (@eggbassett1) December 18, 2016
— Mark Loades (@loadcee) December 18, 2016
Puel's management of Fonte has been a shambles,I bet Fonte will be wanting to leave in January #saintsfc
— Luke Fletcher (@Superfletch81) December 18, 2016
Very disrespectful treatment of Fonte this from the manager/club. Very short memories and short sites in my opinion. #saintsfc
— Marc Higgins (@MarcTR4) December 18, 2016
I'm struggling to get my head round why Fonte would be dropped for a game like this.. #SaintsFC
— George Galpin (@GGalpin95) December 18, 2016
No Tadic or Fonte in a must win game for Puel??? Does he want to be sacked lmao #saintsfc
— ????Gazzy???? (@MrGToYou) December 18, 2016