Southampton are back in Premier League action on Wednesday evening as we welcome fellow strugglers Fulham to St Mary’s Stadium and having slipped into the relegation zone and registered back to back defeats, the aim for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be to get back to winning ways and hopefully, see us pull ourselves back out of the bottom three.
With the build-up to the game ongoing, centre-half and summer arrival Jannik Vestergaard was on the media circuit yesterday and he told the Daily Echo that he backed the group to continue their improvements and turn results back in our favour to avoid the drop into the Championship between now and the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
“I’m not concerned. I’m confident that we have developed a lot since Christmas and we have also learnt to win. Mentally, we know we are capable of it and we will do so again. We have 11 finals to play. Fulham is obviously a very important game, but from here on out, they are all going to be extremely important. We have 11 games to try and get as many points as possible and we know that we have the quality, but that we will need to be at 100 per cent to win games. The Premier League is the toughest league there is and, even Fulham, will be a handful. We need to be at our best.”
Strong and confident words from the 26-year-old who has become a mainstay in our Austrian gaffer’s defence since his arrival, but I think everyone agrees the time for words are now largely over, and it has to be put into practice on the pitch as the squad have already shown what they can do under Hasenhuttl.
The question then becomes have we got the punch up front if we show improvement at the back?