QPR and Southampton fans on Twitter have been reacting to Steven Caulker’s move to St Mary’s on a season-long loan.
Some Rangers fans – unimpressed by Caulker’s displays for their club last season – weren’t sorry to see him go.
👌🏻 great business. Go get a decent commanding CB now from lower leagues https://t.co/C0vaz0YC8A
— Jeffro (@JabHookNQPR) July 29, 2015
I don’t think Steven Caulker is that good. I won’t be losing any sleep about him leaving. — Greg Sangwine (@GSangwine) July 30, 2015
The Saints paid a £1.5m loan fee in order to take Caulker to the south coast. But some Rangers fans still felt uneasy about the deal.
I’ll take that bring in a good defender for that much now a days https://t.co/bGJPS7DH1K
— iTzSTU4RT (@StuartQPRFC) July 29, 2015
Caulker has suffered back-to-back relegations, having left Cardiff to join the R’s, who went down last season.
Some fans – including supporters of his former club Tottenham – argued that Caulker can consider himself fortunate to be back in the top flight and needs to get his career going again.
Surprised Stephen Caulker has joined Southampton on a season long loan. He has gone backwards since he left us. Very lucky to get this break
— e-Spurs (@e_spurs) July 30, 2015
After how he performed last season Caulker can count himself very lucky that he’s managed to get a move back to the prem. #QPR
— West LDN Is R’s (@WestLDNIsRs) July 30, 2015
Just amazed caulker has gone to saints – he had earned a stint in champ #QPR need to sort fer Austin Phillips pronto
— Monners (@monners1969) July 30, 2015
Steve Caulker needs a Premiership season to not end in relegation and get his career back on track. Top defender a few years ago — Matt Sadler (@MattWShore) July 30, 2015
Steven Caulker has been relegated about 20 times. Dunno what clubs see in him!?
— Alex Rogans (@RogDog_CAFC) July 30, 2015
Steven Caulker: one season with Cardiff – relegated; one season with QPR – relegated. Does that mean Southampton are going down this season? — Tom Hardy (@tomhardy92) July 30, 2015
However, others judged Caulker more favourably and argued that Southampton have made an astute signing ahead of the new campaign.
Caulker will do well for #saintsfc. Both Cardiff & QPR didn’t score enough or defend as a team. We will do both & Koeman will improve him.
— Unbelievable Spirit (@spunbelievable) July 30, 2015
— Tim Gallantree (@TimmyGee78) July 30, 2015