With Jan Bednarek making his Premier League debut in the weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium, although the result and the day certainly didn’t go our way having built up a 2-0 lead before we crumbled, Bednarek did enough to leave Southampton fans hoping to see him on a more regular basis between now and the end of the current Premier League campaign.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 15, 2018
Bednarek came into defence in place of Jack Stephens for his top-flight bow and having met James Ward-Prowse’s set piece to give us the two-goal advantage it looked like his day couldn’t have gone any more swimmingly – sadly Antonio Conte’s side hit back three times in an eight-minute spell to leave us once again licking our wounds.
Speaking to saintsfc as he spoke to the media, the 22-year-old had mixed feelings but he was adamant it was about showing improvement for the upcoming tie against Leicester City.
“I was really happy that I could help the team and become a Premier League player. But now I am not because on my debut we have lost, and the result is the most important thing. It’s really nice to score a goal, but it’s about the score after the game and we’ve conceded three goals. We need to improve but I think we can get points in the next games.”
The young Polish international went on to say it was about building on our start as he felt we were fully in control for the opening 70 minutes and then we fell apart, so it’s about sticking together, taking the positives but reacting better in the moment.
He also said he felt the performance showed we could secure our top-flight status this season if that improvement was now shown in the remaining games of the year.
He certainly made an impact on the fans judging by their thoughts on social media.
Well done Jan, more of the same again in our last remaining fixtures please.
— Steve Jarvis (@SteveJarvisSFC) April 16, 2018
— Mick CD (@Mystical_Dude) April 15, 2018
Bednarek was fantastic, I can't wait to see more of him. The team played so well, but for reasons understood their confidence appeared lost after the first Chelsea goal. Everything went against us in that game. The spirit was there again – our best but saddest game in ages.
— JulietCBHeathcote (@JulietCBH) April 15, 2018
He did well to be fair and scored a good goal.
— Jay (@ffsJaay) April 15, 2018
I'm starting to like him.
— Tanmay™ (@foreversaint_) April 15, 2018
Pity he wasn't involved earlier in the season
— Les Stroud (@lesstroud10) April 15, 2018
Yeah liked it, he’s going to be pretty solid in the championship. ????????????????
— George Mutter (@GthesaintMutter) April 15, 2018
Should the worst happen, it appears he’s one of the youngsters we should certainly look to rebuild around and with greater game time he’ll only improve further.