Oriol Romeu has called for Southampton to make more signings "to help the team" before the transfer window closes. And with saints still needing to find a replacement for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Romeu could yet see himself fall out of the starting 11. Despite this, he's eager to see new faces added to the squad.
Speaking to The Daily Echo, Romeu said: “It’s going to be important I think. The more potential we have in the squad, the better we will feel, the more options the manager will have to play and there will be more competition.
“It’s going to help the team, it’s going to make us better, and whoever they can bring in that can help us and make us better is good for us.”
Saints already let go of Harrison Reed and Mario Lemina before the start of the season, both joining Fulham permanently and on loan; and now find themselves having to rely on Will Smallbone to cover should there be any injuries or suspensions. Because of this, Romeu has started all 3 of Saints' matches so far, enduring a tricky start to the season.
Romeu also turns 29 today, and only two current outfield players are older than him in Saints' squad (Ryan Bertrand and Shane Long).
Asked if the experienced players can help guide a young squad, Romeu said: “Players that have been here longer, I think we need to show that it’s not the end of the world, losing one game.
“It’s something like a message and then you need to react and do something different and make it better for the next challenge.
“It’s been two games with no points, but we can still improve and do a lot of things better. The feeling is it’s too far away from what we want to do, we just need to keep creating chances and concede less to be in a better position to win games.”
However, Romeu insists the team are still buoyant ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday:
"We want to change things around, improve that bad feeling we had in those past two or three matches.
“Tottenham was a disappointing loss, but there were some good things to take from there.
“I think I would say even more than Palace, because the first half was very good and we competed very well against a tough side.
“Those habits and those things we did well, being solid and creating chances and being offensive, it’s something that is going to probably help us over the next games and we need to keep doing that for a longer period, not just for one half as sometimes happens.”