Mario Lemina’s sensational performance for Southampton vs Crystal Palace has social media abuzz

Viewers of today’s matchup between Crystal Palace and Southampton have taken to social media in their droves to praise Saints midfielder Mario Lemina.

Big-money arrival

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.

Standout performer

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.

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