Although their form was poor, relieving Ralph Hasenhuttl of his duties will likely not ease issues, especially with the unproven Nathan Jones as his replacement.
Although relegation battles are seldom the time to embed youngsters into the team, in this case, it would have been a necessity to finally remove one of the many underperforming frontmen from the side.
Whilst Mohamed Elyounoussi, Theo Walcott or Moussa Djenepo could be highlighted for their lack of threat, perhaps the latter is the most disappointing given how he has been decidedly useless throughout his whole career on the south coast.
Therefore, his place in the team is far from merited.
It would be far better served to allow someone like Diamond Edwards, who actually has a future at the club, to take his place. He could hardly have done much worse than the £55k-per-week dud.
Across both of these campaigns, he has outlined his ability to score and create, whereas Djenepo seems to be unable to do either. Not only this but having signed a new deal earlier in November, academy director Matt Hale was quick to praise the youngster:
“He is an exciting, attacking player and has superb creativity with the ball. We are confident Diamond will add time to his first team minutes over the next 12 months and beyond.”
However, having suffered an ACL injury back in October, it is expected that he will be out for the remainder of the season.
Plenty of things might have changed upon his return, and whether they are still in the division or Djenepo still even plays for the club remains to be seen.
Despite this, he has already proven himself one of the outstanding talents in their youth setup, who will be knocking on the door upon his eventual return to fitness.