the saints fell again and it's becoming a usual sight that we are accustomed to. the continuous fall of Southampton is becoming embarrassing but kudos should be given to them for trying. no one really gave them a chance to compete as they have done this season but they are letting off their leg from the gas.
the 1-0 suffered at the hand of Everton is their fourth loss in five matches in the premier league and that resulted in them being currently placed in the 14th position. it might come as a surprise to many as they were counted as one of the team to have a shot at the tittle early during the campaign.
their form ever since the turn of the year as been questionable. in fact they have won just one game in the premier league in 2021 and that came against Liverpool on January 4th. from the rest of the nine games played, only one point has been gotten as they drew Chelsea 1-1.
with many asking for the coach head on a spike, a more critical assessment of the team shows that the Coach cant the whole fault. the players have also played a big part in the diminished performance. trust is the players deserve a greater share of the blame. many times they have been slow to matches and they have failed to convert plenty of goal scoring chances they have been.
a key player which should be blamed has been charlie Adam who continues to get the nod over other strikers but has yet to repay the coach trust. his stats of just four (4) goals so far in over 25 matches is a major headache for the team.
many have arrived at the conclusion that what has let to the diminish in the number of goals scored this season has been the inconsistency of his strike partner Danny ings. for what is worth they do have a point but that has not been fair to Danny ings also.
the player has struggled for form and fitness for the most part of the second half of the season and his Commission from the squad has been due to constant and reoccurring injuries.
ings might have amazed 21 appearance but he has left the field five times already this season due to injury. while three more appearances have come through substitution. still, yet his eight goals top the club goal scoring chart. his importance to the team cant be underrated but he can't be overly depended on due to his constant battles with injuries.
that was one of the treason Liverpool had to let go of him. they recognised the talents but they couldn't deal with the constant injury in between. a two years injury was wanted it took for the reds to sell him to the saints for a very subsidized amount.
one key issue affecting the saints also is the fact that other players have failed to lit up the stadium when ings seat out of a game through injury. the man which has been most promising has been ward Prowse and the Walcott but there is nothing a two-man can do against a team with 11 players on the pitch.
it remains to be seen if the saints will rediscover their form as their coach Ralph Hasenhüttl goes back to the drawing board and device a plan which will work without input from Danny ings.