It’s been a mixed time at Southampton for centre-half Jannik Vestergaard as the 27-year-old Denmark international has certainly had his lows since his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach, but he certainly has his supporters given his efforts overall.
With 30 appearances at St Mary’s Stadium now under his belt following the £18million switch in the summer of 2018, Vestergaard has become a key man under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as we continue to seek improvements and last weekend’s draw with Manchester United saw him open his club account.
Whilst he was naturally delighted to get his first goal for us, especially as he helped us to the point in the game, Vestergaard admitted to the Daily Echo that he knew he needed to be more of a goal threat from set pieces moving forward as his height is naturally an advantage.
“It was very nice. It’s been a long time and I am happy to finally get a goal. It’s not only something I wish I could do, but it’s also something I need to do. It’s something I have done in my career, so it’s been very disappointing so far. I should have more chances in dangerous areas. But I can take the positives from scoring against Manchester United and, hopefully, I can take the confidence from it. It gives me the feeling that I know how to do it again and maybe that will give me the extra per cent when I get into the box.”
As he says, he can certainly take the confidence boost from getting off the mark but he’s also right to point out that he needs to do more at that end of the pitch. With the side showing plenty of spirit in that game, especially how we dug in, it certainly gives hope that we are still making small steps and could enjoy a far better season than we have done for a few years.