Rickie Lambert is a legend among the Southampton fans for his goalscoring contribution during a five-year spell at the club.
The striker scored 117 goals for the coastal club in all competitions, and was a major reason behind their promotion to the Championship and then Premier League in back-to-back seasons.
In 2014, Lambert opted to end his time at Southampton after receiving interest from the club that he has supported all his life – Liverpool.
The majority of supporters did not begrudge Lambert’s desire to move to Anfield, but the forward only lasted a season before joining West Bromwich Albion and later Cardiff City.
Lambert retired from professional football last year, but some fans wish that he was still at the club.
Given that the team have been struggling for goals this season, having netted just 28 goals in 27 Premier League games, it is understandable that the supporters would be yearning for their former striker.
To celebrate Lambert’s 36th birthday, Southampton’s social media team created a compilation video of the hitman’s best goals.
— Arthur (@ArthurCogger) February 16, 2018
God I miss him 😪
— Debbie (@SFC_Debs) February 16, 2018
Oh that is what goals look like for Southampton
— James Hunt (@jimmihunt36) February 16, 2018
Back when we had a centre forward who scored goals!!
— Adrian Sharpe (@CorkyMorris) February 16, 2018
Miss this fella! 😩
— Sammy (@SammieWinter10) February 16, 2018
Let’s get Rickie back!!!
— Daniel Mitchell (@Da_Mitch_Man_90) February 16, 2018
Any chance of bringing him back to help our goal shy strikers? The man is a footballing god.
— Mark Anthony Barton (@bartmansaint) February 16, 2018
What would we do for some of that now
— Nath Curto (@Curto80) February 16, 2018