Southampton fans here in the Tavern are fearing for their future in the Premier League, as a lack of business in the January transfer window could come back to bite the Saints.
Mauricio Pellegrino has had a rather disastrous first season in charge at St Mary’s, with his performances thus far pointing towards an inevitable exit at the end of the season. Indeed, their latest Premier League fixture against fellow relegation contenders Stoke City epitomised the Saints’ season thus far, in a match that offered very little quality and had many of our locals here in the Tavern falling asleep.
However, Southampton will be hoping to make progress in their bid for survival against Newcastle United, another team flirting with the prospect of relegation after displaying similar inconsistencies. Of course, with only nine matches left to cement their position in the Premier League, today’s trip to St James’ Park could prove vital come the end of the season.
Nevertheless, with today’s game against the Magpies having a huge say in the Saints’ top-flight future, here’s a look at TWO players that Mauricio Pellegrino surely cannot start on Tyneside…