There is no question that over his time as a Saint, he has been a massive presence for us. A beastly enforcer who has been one of the rocks upon which our defence is built. But having said that – how many times has he also let us down?
The string of Red Cards leading to multiple suspensions and leaving his team-mates short, and hung out to dry.
The simple mental inability to learn from his past mistakes, and not make more of the same reckless challenges when he’s already on a Yellow Card.
And then there is the whole sulky cunt, toys thrown from pram, “Waaaaahhh - nasty board won’t let me leave, I don’t want to be here anymore” routine that completely undermined our start to the season, and arguably contributed to throwing a real spanner in the works of our potentially glorious first European Campaign in years.
Not to mention what the effects of this fall-out had on our team-spirit at the time.
Additionally, there is the small matter of the new contract he’s been sitting on (or perhaps using to wipe his Mighty Arse with) for the last half a season, but still not signed, and the ever dwindling nature of his fast running down current contract.
If he is not going to sign on the dotted line, and is still agitating for a summer exit to go on the High Press with Pochettino in the bright lights of London – we have a fast impending decision to make.
For me, super player that he is – if his heart is not in it anymore – then he can fuck off. It is (or at least should be) an honour to pull on the Sacred Red and White Shirt of our beloved Southampton FC.
So – with the massive new TV deal incoming – just how important is Victor to the Saints? Do we try one last time, to make him an offer he can’t refuse? Or cash in while we can in the summer, before his contract enters its final year, and we potentialy lose him for nothing?