Southampton Academy graduate Yan Valery has had a very good campaign at the club following the arrival of Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The 20-year-old made his senior debut in the squad back in November’s EFL Cup clash with Leicester City, and in many ways he’s hasn’t looked back since. 19 starts and three substitute showings later, he’s now helped himself to two goals and one assist as we successfully battled against relegation to the Championship in 2018/19.
Understandably the lad is on a high and he has his own personal standout moments from the year, and speaking to the Daily Echo, he’s clearly not short on confidence as he believes we will make significant steps forward over the summer and go into the 2019/20 season with a strong eye on returning to the Premier League top ten.
Reflecting on the fact that the point against Bournemouth last weekend made relegation a mathematical impossibility, Valery said.
“I’m so proud of the team, I’m so happy. I’m one of the players who can see all of the hard work being put in in every training session and I think we deserve it. I just want to finish the season well with, hopefully, two wins. Next season hopefully we can just play our football and hopefully don’t suffer what we did the last two seasons again. I think we shouldn’t experience the relegation battle again because we have a really good team. You can see with this manager we are playing great football, good pressing. Even the big teams it’s hard for them to play against us so if we do that next season, after pre-season and everything, I think we can be in the top half of the table.”