Southampton centre-half Jan Bednarek ended last season well and won plenty of fans over with his performances and work rate on the pitch as we narrowly avoided the drop back into the Championship.
Many thought the 22-year-old would be a nailed on starter this year but so far at least, manager Mark Hughes has led with others – namely Wesley Hoedt who continues to split fans although he was far better at the weekend.
Bednarek’s only outing so far was the EFL Cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion and whilst he’s happy to fight for his place to secure the spot back, he did comment that he wouldn’t wait forever as he wants to be playing regularly.
Speaking to TVP Sport whilst out on international duty this September with the Polish national side, the player explained that he didn’t expect things to be handed to him and he has had conversations with the gaffer, so, for now, he’ll get his head down and work for his chance.
“I have no intention of waiting and I hope I won’t have to. From conversations with the trainer it appears that he counts on me. In the first matches, he decided not to do so, but the intensity of matches in the Premier League is enormous, and the coach made me understand that he would need me.”
With Hoedt’s form being mixed, Bednarek should get his chance sooner rather than later.