Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United: Three Key Players

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Steven Davis of Southampton (8) clears the ball from his own goal line during the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Steven Davis of Southampton (8) clears the ball from his own goal line during the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /
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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Mario Lemina of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Mario Lemina of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images) /

Mario Lemina

It’s, quite frankly, getting ridiculous the amount of times we’ve sung this man’s praises here on Saints Marching. The standout performer this season, in my opinion, put in another man of the match shift against Newcastle with his excellent work rate, tackling and passing.

At times, it felt like Lemina was carrying Saints on his shoulders through the match and not once did he stop battling or stop chasing balls. He is slowly turning into the perfect central midfielder, with a bit of everything. Despite the disappointment for the Gabonese international as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it at least means he can get a full pre season under his belt  next year. That is, of course, if we don’t sell him.

I like what I’ve seen from the former Juventus man so far, he could definitely win the club points all on his own. More of the same, and we could be in for a real treat watching him for the rest of the season.