Southampton fans worry on Twitter that they're nothing without Shane Long

Shane Long

The Saints forward was superb against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Southampton's convincing 3-1 win over Newcastle United was in the making exactly a week ago.

Indeed, as Newcastle lost 3-2 at Norwich City and the Saints were beaten at Leicester City, it was clear Ronald Koeman's men could do some damage against a far weaker side.

And so it proved. Southampton were rampant against the Magpies and shone in front of a delighted St Mary's crowd. A high Premier League finish is still possible for Koeman's team and a top-eight place looks the least the South Coast are guaranteed if they keep up their current form.

There was one worry for supporters on Saturday, however. Shane Long was immense against Newcastle but, when he went off, Southampton didn't look anywhere near the same side.

That has led many to heap further praise on the Irishman but question where the Saints would be without him - a surprise star considering so many questioned his initial valuation.

Here's how Southampton fans reacted on Twitter to Long's performance...

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