Now or Never for Ramirez

Southampton’s downturn in form leaves Gaston Ramirez the chance to revive his Saints career. The Uruguayan has been a peripheral figure at St Mary’s since his £12 million move to the Premier League, but Southampton’s lack of goals may be his pathway back in to the first team.

Ramirez

Ramirez’s appearance at MK Dons was his first in a Southampton shirt for 13 months. Image: BBC Sport

Last weekend’s defeat to Spurs meant that Saints have not won a game since the first week of November, a staggering six games. Added to this, they have scored only three goals in these matches. Forward Graziano Pelle has struggled with the limited service, whilst Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane have also struggled to find the net.

Ramirez has been linked with a January move back to Italy, with his agent citing interest from former club Bologna, Lazio and Penarol. However, he has performed well in his limited game time this season. He looked bright in his Saints return in the Capital One Cup, albeit against MK Dons, and he came off the bench to assist Sadio Mane’s late equaliser at Anfield in October.

In the view of the supporters, Ramirez has suffered from never getting a run in the side throughout his St Mary’s career, partially down to injuries, but he does possess the ability to unlock a defence. If given a chance, he will either play well, bringing him back into first team contention; or putting himself in the shop window, or he fails to perform, justifying his exile and the results will not be getting any worse. With the team looking uninspiring going forward at the moment, surely Ronald Koeman has nothing to lose from playing him?

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