Yoshida’s future in doubt

Maya Yoshida’s Southampton future appears to be in doubt after a lack of first team football. The Japanese international was dropped by his national side after a poor Confederations Cup campaign, and may feel that he needs more playing time to secure his spot on the plane to Rio. One of the first names on the team-sheet last year, Yoshida has found himself on the fringes of the first team. He was overlooked to replace the ill Dejan Lovren on Saturday at the Emirates, with Jos Hooiveld picked instead. With his performances for Saints not meriting being dropped at the start of this season, you can only imagine that something has gone on behind the scenes. The Guardian reported that one international player had complained about having to report to training after returning from an international break. It was reported that Pochettino had threatened to drop the player from the first team if they disagreed with his methods. By a process of elimination, this player could have been either Yoshida, Gaston Ramirez or Dani Osvaldo. Both Ramirez and Yoshida both have long trips back from international duty, so it makes it more likely that they would want an extended break upon their return. But Ramirez’s form for Southampton since his arrival last summer has been indifferent, so would be more likely to face the chop. Osvaldo’s petulant nature makes him a prime candidate to be the unnamed player, however his exclusion from the first team also seem to be merited, having only scored one goal this season.


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