Viewers of today’s matchup between Crystal Palace and Southampton have taken to social media in their droves to praise Saints midfielder Mario Lemina.
Lemina, a deep-lying Gabonese midfielder, joined Southampton from Italian giants Juventus this summer for a club-record £18 million.
He endured a difficult campaign in Turin last season, making just 8 Serie A starts as he fell behind the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio in the midfield pecking order at the Juventus stadium.
Lemina had thus far endured an indifferent start to life in the Premier League, and actually missed out on a starting place in Mauricio Pellegrino’s team for their 2-0 loss at home to Watford last time out.
But he has proven this afternoon exactly why the Saints board were so keen on his signature this summer, with a stellar display thus far against Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old has looked assured in possession, strong in the tackle, and has essentially run the game from his midfield berth alongside Oriol Romeu.
Mario Lemina’s first half by numbers vs. Crystal Palace:
100% aerial duels won
91% pass acc.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 16, 2017
Lemina is good enough for a top 4 club #CRYSOU
— H (@KingComan20) September 16, 2017
Lemina is a lovely footballer
— Dillan Oliphant (@dillanoliphant) September 16, 2017
Tell you what, Mario Lemina looks like one hell of a player. Absolutely running the show here. 👏🏻
— Sean Elderbrant (@SeanElderbrant) September 16, 2017
Seriously good half from Mario Lemina that. Controlled tempo, most touches, several headed clearances / interceptions. Impressive. #Saintsfc
— Sam Tighe 🐯 (@stighefootball) September 16, 2017
Lemina balling! Love it. #CRYSOU
— Bifarin (@Bifarin) September 16, 2017
Lemina looking well worth the money
— Matt Bell (@OMattG) September 16, 2017
Mario Lemina is a baller. His close control is crazy.
— Ahmed Yussuf (@ahmedyussuf10) September 16, 2017
Lemina’s a level above everyone the pitch, so underrated
— LP (@MUFC_LP) September 16, 2017
Lemina is a fucking don 👀
— Jaz (@jaznewberry) September 16, 2017
— Mjikijelwa (@Mbuso_Balotelli) September 16, 2017
Lemina is an animal
— Julio (@spagglehorn) September 16, 2017
Mario Lemina has been different class for Southampton.
— FTS Football (@FromTStands) September 16, 2017