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Southampton: Fans slam Jack Stephens’ performance against Man City

Southampton: Fans slam Jack Stephens’ performance against Man City - Premier League

Lots of Southampton fans have been left angry by Jack Stephens’ performance in their club’s loss to Manchester City.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men fell to a 5-2 defeat to Manchester City, as Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez grabbed a brace each. Ilkay Gundogan also scored for Pep Guardiola’s men. The Saints were level at 1-1 at one point in the game, but City then ran away with it before the end of the first half (As per the Guardian).

Hasenhuttl used a 4-4-2 shape with Stephens deployed in midfield instead of playing in the back four. The Englishman though, didn’t come up with a good performance, as he picked up a rating of only 5.86 (Whoscored).

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Stephens made just a single tackle in the game, making one interception and a single clearance only. He did win two aerial duels – the joint-highest in the game for the Saints (Whoscored).

It was Stephens’ first appearance in midfield this season and it was only the second time he’s played in defensive midfield in his Saints career.

The 27-year-old’s performance though, drew the attention of many angry Southampton fans, who made their views clear about him.

What did Southampton fans make of Stephens’ performance?

“Jack Stephens just watching the world go by in midfield. Can never play for us again.

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“Please Jack stephens leave the club. His work ethic is horrific and honestly doesn’t do anything other than make us worse. Completely useless on the ball, may as well planted a lamppost in centre mid. And done tell me he’s a CB because he’s just as bad there.”

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“Didn’t even realise Jack Stephens was playing today until we subbed him off…

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“Hope tonight shows jack Stephens at CDM/CM is thought that shouldn’t ever be mentioned again.”

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“When will Ralph realise that Jack stephens is truly horrific player and everyone knows that when he plays we lose heavily.. Stephens seems to be an unlucky omen for the whole club. I hope he’s sold in the summer. League 1 is probably the best he’s suited to.”

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“If people take one thing away from tonight, let it be that Jack Stephens is not a DCM.”

Credit: @matt_kempez

In other news, many Southampton fans have been discussing a news update about Wesley Hoedt – read more here.

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