For Southampton, it has been another slow start to the season with a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at St. Mary’s presenting the club with its latest failure to win a game in front of home supporters.
Following their recent loss, the Saints currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League table on five points and look on course for another relegation battle.
On a more positive note, however, is the form of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Having initially failed to make much of an impact after arriving at St. Mary’s from Bayern Munich back in 2016, Hojbjerg has sprung into life, which could have ramifications for other members of the squad.
So far this campaign, Hojbjerg has two goals to his name with his overall displays much improved compared to what they were during his first two seasons at the club.
That, in addition to manager Mark Hughes experimenting with different formations, has seen Oriol Romeu overlooked. Alongside Mario Lemina, Hojbjerg appears to be firmly at the top of the pecking order for midfield selection, leaving Romeu in quite the predicament.
Considering everything, £10.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Romeu has been a terrific addition to Southampton’s squad since joining the club from Chelsea during the summer of 2015.
At the base of the Saints’ midfield, Romeu has thrived at winning back possession for the team before trying to launch counter-attacks.
However, like a lot of his Southampton team-mates, performances have fallen off somewhat over the past year or so, and the Barcelona youth product now faces a tricky task of getting back into the starting XI.