.. the manager has pleaded for £9.5million signing Albert Luque to be given a chance to prove himself.
Half a season has passed and the 27-year-old Spaniard has done nothing on the pitch to suggest he is worth that kind of money, and he has become the focal point for much of the criticism over his side's faltering form.
Not has he not set the town alight, but at times he doesn't seem interested, and he has openly admitted he is finding the Premiership more physical than he expected.
Souness: "Albert Luque is regarded as a top-class footballer. You look at some of the best foreigners here, like Robert Pires, Thierry Henry - they all need a bit of time.
"Of all the injuries we have had to players, his was the worst by far. His hamstring was nearly severed. It was a really, really bad injury."
Never mind blaming the fans ... isn't it time Souness's signings started to PROVE they are good players, rather than the manager trying to convince us thet are good?