Following the end of the September international lull, Southampton faced newly promoted Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday, and in taking a narrow victory, we lifted ourselves into a lofty tenth place Premier League spot.
It’s still incredibly early days in the 2019/20 campaign though and there’s plenty of matches left to fight for, but there were certainly positives that could be taken from the game as we picked up our second win of the year, but equally, there remains a lot more that we can improve upon.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was pretty pleased following the showing, and as he reflected more on the game, he told saintsfc that he couldn’t have been more pleased with the quality of our frontline – even if we are still to fire properly on that front.
Summer signing, Mali international, Moussa Djenepo getting the winner, naturally came in for plenty of praise as well.
“First I think I have to thank my physios who made a fantastic job so that he can play today because it didn’t look that good and also him that he really wants to play. In these scenes he shows how important he can be in our game and this is fantastic. We now have another player who is very good in one versus one situations. We have Sofiane, we have him, we have Nathan so the quality we have in the front is fantastic. They are hard to read and when they have the ball they are always very, very good and dangerous. This is absolutely a development from last season.”
The 21-year-old certainly looks like he can be an asset for us this year and it was, of course, his first Premier League start since joining us over the summer, so there’s still time for him to settle in further and show additional improvements.