Southampton slipped to their third defeat in four league games on Saturday lunchtime as Burnley recorded a 2-1 win at St Mary’s to move into the top ten.
The game hinged on one moment of class from Matej Vydra, who brilliantly spun away from two Southampton defenders before rifling the ball beyond Alex McCarthy with a powerful left footed drive.
While much of the Saints’ problems stemmed from their lack of creativity in the final third, Jannik Vestergaard looked suspect at the heart of defence and almost handed the visitors a golden opportunity in the first half following a weak headed clearance, but he made up for his error with a last ditch challenge.
The overall quality of his display, however, was far from satisfactory.
The Denmark international has hardly featured in recent months, starting just one Premier League game since the 2-1 home defeat to Everton in early November before yesterday’s clash.
It was an eyebrow-raising decision from Hasenhuttl to include him from the outset, and these fans were left fuming by the standard they saw from the 27-year-old.
Vestergaard is a donkey !!! Worst player on the pitch for the seventh time this season
— Simon (@legitSimon) February 15, 2020
Who watched Vestergaard over multiple games and decided he was worth £18m? Criminal #SaintsFC
— Ewan Kingsbury (@ewanatfootball) February 15, 2020
— Jay (@SaintJxy) February 15, 2020
Vestergaard is truly a shocking player I am not sure why on earth he still on the pitch I understand why he originally on the field but no wood now he really shows his lack of quality in any discipline from passing to heading even marking
— Chris ODonnell (@ChrisOD301267) February 15, 2020
Vestergaard is not premiership quality ralph showed his worry about burnley by using him. Sadly we have a tiny squad and we need a major overhaul.
— saints2020 (@saints20201) February 15, 2020
Such was the extent of the supporters’ frustration, it has even been suggested that Vestergaard should be banished from the first team squad.
The German boss didn’t use him for 11 straight league games between the end of November and January 21st, when he returned to the starting XI against Crystal Palace, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility to suggest he could be set for another long spell on the sidelines.
Vestergaard should never play again
— Max (@maxkeywood) February 15, 2020
Can we get Vestergaard as far away from our first team as possible please, shambles of a player. #saintsfc
— Anthony🐧 (@AnthonyGarnett7) February 15, 2020
Finally, this fan won the award for the most creative slice of criticism by comparing Vestergaard to a wooden horse…
Vestergaard is a wooden horse with the ball.
— Nick Read (@Readner) February 15, 2020
In other Southampton news, Carl Anka has opened up on a potential summer move for Adam Lallana…