It’s the beginning of a new era at Southampton under Austrian Ralph Hasenhüttl, and as a consequence, there are players that will leave and those that will thrive.
The former RB Leipzig manager will bring with him a new style and approach that may seem foreign to The Saints. His attacking approach has garnered him the nickname ‘The Austrian Jürgen Klopp’, meaning there are players that will suit him to the ground.
One of the players that could well thrive under the Austrian is 19-year-old right-back Yan Valery. The Frenchman was handed his Premier League debut in Mark Hughes’ last game in charge against Man United at St Mary’s, and came through with flying colours. It was a huge first game to be thrown into, especially to play as a right-wing-back.
Now that the France under-18 international has been given a taste of the Premier League, he may feature more and more. Of course, he will need to usurp Cédric Soares, but Hasenhüttl is not here for the short-term, and neither is Valery. This is a long-term option, where Southampton can build a new team for the future.
A pacey defender, with an attacking instinct, Valery looks to be a player that will suit Hasenhüttl’s style like a hand in a glove. The manager will obviously look to bring in a number of players over the next few transfer windows, but having the luxury of having some brilliant teenagers coming through the ranks makes his job so much easier.
This may not be a name that features extensively over the course of the season, but this is a name to look out for for the future, and could be a mainstay during the Hasenhüttl era.