With the September international break in full flow for Southampton and other Premier League sides, centre-half Jannik Vestergaard has become popular in the press in recent times and he’s backed late summer arrival, Kevin Danso, to learn from his red card in our clash at the end of August with Manchester United.
Having taken a point from the game despite the 20-year-old being sent from the pitch following two bookable offences, Vestergaard has backed him to learn from the experience and come back stronger when he returns to the pitch.
Speaking to the Daily Echo at the weekend to reflect on the opening month of the 2019/20 campaign, Vestergaard accepted that the referee was unfortunately right in his decisions, but ultimately he knew it was just a part of football and as Danso adjusts more following his arrival from Augsburg, he’ll naturally lean to take fewer risks in a game, without it actually stunting his impact and own style of play.
“We like to be very aggressive, get forward and not wait for the opponent to come to us. Obviously it could have been done differently but sometimes that’s the risk we take trying to win the ball instead of waiting for the opponent to make a mistake. It’s unfortunate and we had to dig in deep afterwards, but he had played well until then.”
He added specifically about our new arrival that he didn’t think the sending off would have any adverse effect on his confidence or belief.
“I’m not worried about that. He knows what he can do. It was an unfortunate red card and it made it difficult for the team to fight for three points and even for holding onto the draw. He played well until then and he is an aggressive player who doesn’t wait for anyone to come to him. Many times it works well, and we win the ball up high which gives us chances. On this occasion, he was late and got a second yellow card. It is what it is.”