Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard endured a difficult night at the back in his side’s 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at St Mary’s on Monday night, and Saints fans were quick to have their say on the Dane’s display.
The south coast outfit signed the 26-year-old in an £18m deal from Borussia Monchengladbach during the summer, and he has already established himself as a regular in the starting XI.
However, he struggled to deal with the threat of the Seagulls’ Glenn Murray on Monday, not looking at his best in the air especially – which should be one of the giant defender’s best traits – as Mark Hughes’ men looked to be in control with a 2-0 lead with 25 minutes to go, before collapsing and conceding twice.
Southampton supporters, some of whom were quick to slate one of their senior players during the international break with one saying “awful player, awful attitude”, took to social media to have their say on Vestergaard’s performance, and while one described him as “average”, another said “Vestergaard isn’t a Premier League defender”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Anyone checked on Vestergaard? Last I saw of him, he was getting bullied by Murray
— Dan (@DanSleep93) September 17, 2018
Yeah the penalty was but Jan is slow and gets turned way too easy, doesn’t win enough headers for me & left Hoedt on his own far too much
— Jaz (@jaznewberry) September 17, 2018
First goal did it for me. Got to keep it tight for 10 minutes after scoring. Not impressed with Vestergaard either – wins surprisingly little from set pieces.
— Danny Jones (@moomin1989) September 17, 2018
Last 30 we needed to change shape. Penalty or not irrelevant, we needed to change the game & kept 442 🤷🏻♂️. Lemina was dead after 60 yet stayed on. Cedric appealing second half. We have two CB’s on the bench better than WH & JV
— Paul Redhead (@PaulRedhead3) September 17, 2018
Nobody is telling me that Vestergaard is colossal btw, Murray bullied him for 90 mins. His positioning is laughable #saintsfc
— ben vincent (@benny_vincent92) September 17, 2018
Am i the only person who thinks Vestergaard is far too relaxed? I think he makes bad choices
— Broccoli Rob (@lewisb44ker) September 17, 2018
I thought Vestergaard was poor for much of the game tonight and I’ve had doubts about Hoedt for a while so I ask one question, why the hell is Yoshida stuck on the bench?
— Geoff Emerson (@gcemerson) September 18, 2018
Vestergaard isn’t a premier league defender, Hoedt can’t control his legs and Cedrics so small he always gets beated at the back post
— Freddie (@Freddie_matee) September 17, 2018
Vestergaard all 6'7 of him ain't that good in the air
— Dell1977 (@Andy261971) September 17, 2018
The players have to take responsibility. So many passes were made tonight that were never in a million years going to reach their intended target. A team needs a backbone, we haven’t had one for ages. Vestergaard looks average imo.
— Dan Smith (@saintdansmith) September 17, 2018
Vestergaard isnt very good is he….#SaintsFC
— Brad (@Bradswag86) September 17, 2018