Many Southampton fans are fuming with the performance of defender Jack Stephens in their club’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday night.
The Saints suffered only their second away defeat of the season against a very good Leicester side, but it could have been a different story if Stephens had put in a better performance.
The centre-back picked up a 6.4 rating, which was the third lowest out of all the starting eleven players (SofaScore). He was dribbled past three times, lost possession 16 times, and made an error which led to one of the Foxes goals. One fan called his performance ‘woeful’.
With Jannik Vestergaard out due to injury, the 26 year-old has had to step up in his place. However, if he puts in similar performances to his most recent one, then he might be replaced by another player in the squad.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast, and the Saints having an FA Cup next Saturday might be a blessing in disguise for the centre-back.
Here is how Saints fans reacted to the performance of Stephens:
“Jack Stephens. Absolute horror. Not one to over react but he should never play for the club again and be made to walk home from Leicester. #SaintsFC”
“Stephens is as useful as a blind fish”
“Jack Stephens gives it the biggun online talking himself up, yet plays woeful on the weekend #SaintsFC“
“Professional job done by! We didn’t capitalise on their poor first half with the chances we had. Very positive performance though given the squad circumstance. We go again though…… the less said about Stephens tonight the better #saintsfc”
“Jack Stephens is too inconsistent, he gets his chance and takes it then the next game he seems to drop the standard. He’s such a frustrating player to have. One thing for sure though is we need signings and fast #SaintsFC”
“Every player is open to criticism as they are to praise. Stephens poor tonight,thought Walcott was too,kwp quiet compared to recent games.that said i dont think we got what we deserved from the game #SaintsFC”
“Has there ever been a more marmite player in the history of #saintsfc than Jack Stephens??”
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