Southampton striker Charlie Austin recently launched a training ground rant at manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, according to the Sun.
They report that the striker lost his rag with the boss, calling him ‘disrespectful’ after learning he was to be left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour and made to train with the under-23 sides.
His team-mates were reportedly stunned by what they saw with one quoted as saying ‘we had never seen anything like it’.
The report says that Austin had been linked with Aston Villa, as well as West Brom this summer, but wants to stay at St Mary’s, despite going into the final year of his £70,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract.
Austin also had another rant last season, at the referees, and calling for VAR when a goal was disallowed against Watford.
That was held up as a sign of Austin’s normality and the way he can connect with the fans – but at the time it seemed petulant and an indication of a player who didn’t react well if he didn’t get his own way.
And that would be a worry for Villa if they do want to bring him to the club to add a goal threat. Dean Smith has a good group with a strong attitude and the last thing they need is a highly-paid player coming in and upsetting the apple cart.