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Hughes should ignore Bednarek and stick with Vestergaard and Hoedt at the back for Southampton

Hughes should ignore Bednarek and stick with Vestergaard and Hoedt at the back for Southampton

Southampton picked up their first Premier League win of the season after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park with central defenders Jannik Vestergaard and Wesley Hoedt at the heart of the victory.

The contribution of the central defensive pair helped to shutout Roy Hodgson’s men, who were without their key man Wilfried Zaha.

Nevertheless, Vestergaard, Hoedt, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the rest of the Southampton team did well to keep a clean sheet, which would have pleased Mark Hughes along with the overall win.

However, the feeling may not have been mutual for Jan Bednarek, who is becoming increasingly frustrated as each matchweek passes.

Bednarek was not even named on the substitute bench for Southampton’s trip to Selhurst Park and is yet to start a Premier League game so far this season.

The 22-year-old now appears to be considering his future at the club having told TVP Sport in an interview: “I have no intention of waiting and I hope I won’t have to.”

£4.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Bednarek did also mention, though, that Hughes has reassured him he will get game time this campaign.

But, in this moment of time, the Southampton boss has no reason to bring the Poland international into the side.

Vestergaard, Hoedt and Southampton’s defending as a whole has been decent. Where the Saints have had trouble is in attack, but the arrival of Danny Ings looks to have drastically improved things in that department.

Therefore, Hughes should ignore Bednarek’s threats and continue to persist with Vestergaard and Hoedt at the heart of Southampton’s defence.

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