Who was the Player’s Player of the Year at Southampton in the 2012-13 season? No, it was not Rickie Lambert. Who was the Fan’s Player of the Year for the Saints in 2012-13? It was not Adam Lallana or Jay Rodriguez or the indefatigable Lambert. Okay, let’s try again.
Who had the most interceptions and tackles in the Premier League last season? The answer to all the above questions is Morgan Schneiderlin.
The midfielder is inexplicably ignored by the French national team. He is the heartbeat of a constantly improving Southampton side. The Saints have taken the Premier League by storm this season and no-one has been more influential than Scheneiderlin.
Expensively signed midfielder Victor Wanyama - famous for his imperious displays against Barcelona for Celtic - had a superb start to the season. But, recently he seems to have hit a bit of a rough patch. On the other hand, Schneiderlin has continued to churn out astonishingly consistent displays for Southampton for the last two seasons.
Signed from Strasbourg in June 2008, he has gone from strength to strength. He has become the fulcrum around which this increasingly impressive Saints side is built.
Southampton face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium today and the travelling fans would love nothing better than another superb display from this understated player to show his worth. Facing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, he has the opportunity to again show how good a player he really is.
It is flabbergasting to imagine that he has not made the French national team. Schneiderlin is surely one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.
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