Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left with mixed emotions over the weekend after seeing the Saints only muster a 1-1 draw away at Brighton in the Premier League, a result which did however move the South Coast outfit up to ninth place in the division.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash at the AMEX Stadium having won just three of their opening nine league games, yet gave themselves a good chance of recording a fourth when Steven Davis slotted home a rebound after James Ward-Prowse’s fine free-kick struck the woodwork. However, the visitors were unable to add the crucial second goal and were ultimately punished by Chris Hughton’s side when Glenn Murray nodded home Pascal Gross’ cross just seven minutes into the second half.
And although neither team could find a winner, both sets of supporters in the Tavern were left slightly frustrated given their respective teams’ inability to win the game, but several of our resident Saints fans were particularly annoyed given their side led the contest and were reasonably comfortable for much of the first half.
Yet in what was an average display from Pellegrino’s men at the AMEX Stadium, one man in particular came in for much criticism on Twitter following the match, namely midfielder Dusan Tadic.
The Serbia international has started all but one of their ten Premier League games this term but has only managed one goal so far, which came in their 3-2 success over West Ham back in August.
And with no assists either, the 28-year-old isn’t quite having the impact expected or indeed required to warrant a starting place, and as such several Southampton fans took to social media to lay into the midfielder for yet another anonymous display…
Need to make changes at #saintsfc need to switch keepers, drop Tadic and give gabbiadini and Austin a go together up front
— caveman (@caveman1514) October 29, 2017
How does Tadic keep his place week in week out? #saintsfc
— Joe Blakey (@JoeBlakey9) October 29, 2017
— James Hardy (@pseudoxerox) October 29, 2017
Football is an entertainment business and we’re getting short changed. Tadic should start offering compensation for his no shows. #saintsfc
— Tales From The North (@TFromthenorth) October 29, 2017
Tadic needs to have a long hard look at himself if he wants to continue to play in PL. #SaintsFC
— Saintlyg (@saintlyg) October 29, 2017
Seriously what does Tadic bring to the team? How does he start every week? Desperately need attacking signings in January #SaintsFC
— Kyran Rickman (@RickmanKyran) October 29, 2017
We aren’t actually improving! Just seem to go backwards all the time. Also Tadic was awful!#SaintsFC
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) October 29, 2017
#saintsfc quality in the squad is there need more pace but absolutely more intensity in our play sat back at 1-0 cost us. Tadic poor again
— simon sykes (@sisykes79) October 29, 2017
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!