Three reasons Puel’s rotation policy must stop at Southampton

Despite the fact that Southampton are higher placed in the Premier League table and have the same number of points as they did at this stage of the season last year, manager Claude Puel is continuing to come under scrutiny from the club’s supporters.

The Frenchman certainly hasn’t been helped by the fact that his side have lost their last three matches in the top-flight, including defeats by three goals against Tottenham and Everton – heavy reverses that the Saints and their supporters haven’t been accustomed to in recent seasons.

One of the main annoyances for the fans is the almost constant chopping and changing from game to game – you only have to look at the example of the consistent team that Leicester City fielded last term as they won the Premier League title as proof that it can be better to make fewer changes.

While the club did have the Europa League to contend with earlier in the campaign – and had to utilise their squad as a result – the multiple changes to the starting XI have continued even after the south coast outfit were knocked out last month, and it seems to be affecting the team.

Here are THREE reasons Puel’s rotation must stop if Southampton are to get back to their best…