Lemina On Verge Of A Return Thursday, 18th Apr 2019 21:21
Mario Lemina is a class midfielder when he is fit and he could return to action in the next week or so as Saints face a crucial 8 games in 5 days
Mario Lemina was a regular in the starting line up in the first half of the season starting 17 matches plus another as sub, but he has not featured since coming off at half time in the loss to Manchester City at home on 30th December.
But he is now back in full training and could feature in any of the next three games starting with Saints trip up to Newcastle on Saturday.
“Mario Lemina made a big step forward in the week,” Hasenhüttl told the media at his pre-match press conference. “He’s trained with the team and looks much better now – that’s good for him and good for us.
“We know we have an intense week with three games, so it will be nice if we have one more option in this position.
“I have spoken about it and I am sure he will play [at least] one more game this season. The chances are big because now he is training with the team, so maybe his injury has come to an end.”
In other news Jannik Vestergaard is a doubt for the trip to St James’ Park having missed training on Tuesday and Wednesday but Hasenhuttl is hopeful that he could be fit for Saturday.
“Like in the last weeks, after intense games he has little problems and needs a little bit longer for recovery,”
“It’s a long season with a huge body, so at the moment he is struggling a little bit, but let’s have a look and see if it’s possible at the weekend."
But the manager does have what he describes as “little problems” for Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Charlie Austin, but the trio may still be available, the good news though is that Yan Valery is definitely fit to play.
Michael Obafemi continues to train alone as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play again for the first team this season..
If there was ever a time for Lemina to show his worth (£16 million) it is surely now. I'm sure he (and the fans) are disappointed that we have only seen rare glimpses of his skill, when we expected a tough, box-to-box midfielder who would dominate games.
It's fairly certain that this summer will see the biggest overhaul of a Saints squad since Koeman came in (after Pochettino's defection). I would hate to think that Mario might join the ever-increasing list of players who sadly "don't fit the bill" in Ralph's regime.
Like many others, he has a contract that goes out in ...2022 and undoubtedly his salary is on a similarly high level. He needs to start delivering, and now could be the perfect time.
I can't see Lemina moving in the summer unless he asks for a move or has an attitude issue that gives RH cause for concern. Let's not forget that some of his performances were getting rave reviews from the pundits and he was being lined up, by the usual suspects, for a move to a bigger club. I don't know yet how good he is when fully fit but compared to some of the players on the payroll I suspect he is the least likely to be moved on. Seems as though Charlie is certain to leave and it would be no surprise to me, or many others, if Gallagher, McCarthy and Hoedt were very quick to follow.
Would the editor of this column who voices many of his opinions regarding the Saints players along with the ex board members remind me of the eight teams Saints will be playing in the next five days. Get facts correct before writing a column.
LeGod: I suppose it would be helpful to have Lemina fit for this 8 -games-in-five-days stretch, but really we shouldn't even need him. These pampered footballers are making millions of pounds. No reason other than sheer laziness that they couldn't handle that workload. If I had the chance to get paid for playing a game...etc, etc.
In actuality, I'm not sure I could handle eight in five...that's an awful lot of pints!
Lemina - I get the feeling he's been injured since arriving, and that's why we've not seen the best of him. Injuries to your core (back, abdomen etc) are difficult to deal with, but now that he's had surgery hopefully he'll be able to play consistently to his potential.
Ings - great guy, excellent attitude... but often players who have had serious knee injuries don't fully recover. He's definitely worth keeping, but if you have Ings you need to get another striker to cover him being injured
I think Ings is worth the money even for half a season.
Lemina I'm hoping that the brief glimpses we have seen have been because of him bring held back by injuries rather than attitude. The way he wrong foots and sails past even the best players mid field are just draw dropping. If this is the reason and the ops do put him right he won't be here for long so I want to see him in full flight for a year at least.