Ronald Koeman explains why he left Oriol Romeu out against West Bromwich Albion

St Marys Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman made a tactical change for his side's match against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that his experiment in the midfield positions was the reason that Oriol Romeu did not play against West Bromwich Albion.

The Saints deployed two more advanced midfielders at the Hawthorns, with Koeman keen to increase their attacking threat, and it led to Romeu losing his place. 

“We did a little bit different on the midfield," Koeman explained to the Daily Echo.

“That was the reason that Romeu wasn’t starting. [We were playing] with two offensive midfielders and Oriol is more defensively [minded] than Prowsey or Davo for example, but Victor was again important on the midfield.”

Koeman's changes did not work to the desired impact, with Southampton struggling to break down a resilient West Brom backline. 

The Baggies are typically hard to score against with Tony Pulis at the helm, and their defensive line proved difficult to penetrate at the weekend. 

Southampton are yet to click into gear this term, and Koeman's tinkering with the tactics is hardly a surprise, as a result. 

Romeu's omission was no reflection on his start, though, as the former Chelsea man has largely impressed since moving to St. Mary's. 

The south coast club have had a good record in the transfer window, and it seems that Romeu could be another handy addition for the future. 

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