An absolutely bizarre statistic regarding the goalscoring return of Southampton striker Shane Long has been turning heads across social media this afternoon.
Leicester vs Southampton
Long’s Saints travelled to the King Power Stadium for a Premier League clash with Leicester a short time ago.
The visitors were hoping for a bounce-back performance, after seeing their impressive start under new boss Ralph Hasenhüttl falter over recent weeks.
After securing consecutive victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield, Southampton had since endured a 4-game winless streak across all competitions.
Leicester, meanwhile, in typical fashion, had followed a pair of back-to-back victories of their own over Chelsea and Manchester City last month with losses to both Cardiff and Newport over their last 3 outings before today.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) January 6, 2019
Ward Prowse & Long on target
And the Foxes’ inconsistencies proved detrimental once again this afternoon, with Claude Puel’s men having eventually fallen to a 2-1 defeat.
James Ward Prowse put Southampton in front from the penalty spot with 11 minutes on the clock, before Shane Long doubled the visitors’ lead on the stroke of half-time, despite the Saints having been down to 10 men following Yann Valery’s dismissal.
2 – Southampton have been leading at half-time in two of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s four away games in the Premier League, having failed to lead once on the road at the break in any match under Mark Hughes in the competition (12 games). Adaptation.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 12, 2019
And, though Leicester did go on to pull a goal back through Wilfred Ndidi just a quarter of an hour into the second-half, Southampton, in the end, hung on, to secure a crucial 3 points in their bid to avoid relegation to the Championship.
In the aftermath of the Saints’ victory, a frankly-staggering statistic has emerged regarding the goalscoring return of Shane Long.
Irish hitman Long has struggled in front of goal for some time now, having netted just 5 times across the last 2 Premier League seasons combined.
In addition, before today, he had notched just a solitary league goal to this point in the current campaign.
As such, as unearthed by Richard Jolly of ESPN, the former West Brom man’s strike this afternoon has incredibly given rise to the following stat:
Shane Long’s last four goals have come under four different Southampton managers (Puel, Pellegrino, Hughes, Hasenhuttl).
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) January 12, 2019
Shane Long with his 3rd Premier League goal in 72 games. pic.twitter.com/9Taz2Sf3tx
— Coral (@Coral) January 12, 2019