Southampton journalist Jacob Tanswell has shared his praise for Romeo Lavia and his latest efforts for the south coast club in their recent Premier League match.
The Saints secured their second win over Chelsea in the league this season with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to a goal from James Ward-Prowse.
Despite the Saints now turning their attention to Saturday’s next league game against Leeds United, one journalist has picked up on the performance of one Southampton player in particular from the weekend’s win in west London.
In a Twitter post, Tanswell had this to say about Lavia and his display against Chelsea.
He said: “Re-watching #SaintsFC vs Chelsea & underestimated how good Romeo Lavia was, especially in that 1st half. So press-resistant & always willing to receive from Bazunu/CBs with Enzo behind him. When he plays, team can transition through the 3rds & play into the front 4 with quality.”
In a following post, the journalist added this about the midfielder and one incident during the game in particular he was involved in.
He said: “Imagine receiving facing your own goal with four Chelsea players blocking off your nearest five passing options. Romeo Lavia having the courage and awareness to perform a no-touch turn (which was the only right decision) is frankly ridiculous.“
Has Romeo Lavia been a good signing for Southampton?
With 87 minutes under his belt against Graham Potter’s side, Lavia had 40 touches of the ball in total, successfully completing 23 of the 25 passes he attempted, leaving him with a passing accuracy percentage 92%, higher than any other Southampton midfielder or defender.
In addition to that, the Belgian pulled off the two dribbles he attempted as well as winning eight of the 10 duels he was involved in and making three tackles.
Taking all of this into account, it’s clear that the midfielder played a big part in Southampton’s win at Chelsea and offers the team a lot, as Tanswell highlighted in his tweets.