Southampton are a side in dire need of quality in a season featuring just the single Premier League win so far, but it doesn’t appear as though Oriol Romeu will provide it after he appeared for the U23s on Wednesday.
Mark Hughes has overseen just five wins since taking over at St Mary’s Stadium in March, and now appears to be unimpressed with a midfielder who’s featured 129 times for the Saints.
Romeu last took to the field for the senior side against Newcastle United at the end of October, and he a shock omission from the Carabao Cup clash at Leicester on Tuesday.
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The 27-year-old had been a regular under the likes of Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino since making a permanent exit from Chelsea in 2015.
Now, the member of Southampton’s 2016-17 EFL Cup runners-up squad has trotted out for the Under 23s against Notts County.
The Wednesday night affair, held at non-league side Ilkeston Town, saw Radhi Jaidi’s side hit seven, with Romeu nearly opening the scoring with an early looping header.
A lot of Southampton fans were shocked to see the Spaniard demoted to the youth ranks, but not all.
Here are some of the best Tweets by Southampton fans on Romeu playing for the Under 23s…
— Mangel (@mangel14s) November 29, 2018
On the other hand, it could be a masterstroke if Jaidi gets him, a senior player onside providing the club make a brave decision and appoint Jaidi as first team manager. #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) November 28, 2018
— ?? Paul (@happyhoppy66) November 28, 2018
That Romeu lad looks decent get him in the first team #saintsfc
— Højbjerg (@RahilMajid) November 28, 2018
That looks like a fallout with Hughes and a humiliation for Romeu being put in the u23s #saintsfc
— 1885theartof (@1885theartof) November 28, 2018
— Home & Away Saint (@Saintmike_sfc) November 28, 2018
When you take Slattery to Leicester but don’t put him in the squad & leave Oriol Romeu in the U23’s… Something isn’t right… #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) November 28, 2018
Hughes has ruined Romeu
— Matt stokes (@stokeser) November 28, 2018