Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted one of his players has given him a ‘problem’ at Southampton, although it is a nice one to have.
Maya Yoshida has returned from international duty with Japan and is available to play for The Saints for the first time since their 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the beginning of January.
However, in that time, Southampton have not lost the last four games and Hasenhuttl is wary of changing his back line.
Speaking to The Southern Daily Echo, he said: “I have a problem now. Maya Yoshida is back and when he left the last game he played was a zero-zero against Chelsea, the only clean sheet since I’ve been here.
“It’s a good signal for the team if a player comes back and the team works very good that he’s not automatically back in the team.
“Maya knows at the moment I don’t want to change the back five as Jack [Stephens] did a fantastic job last week so it’s normal he will play now.
“But I’m happy Maya’s back as you never know.”
Having a positive selection dilemma is surely something Hasenhuttl and Southampton will be delighted about.
There is no doubt that Yoshida has been an excellent player for The Saints and it would have been easy to suggest his absence could have been detrimental in their efforts to survive the drop.
However, with a run of four games unbeaten in the Premier League with the Japan international away, it is easy to see why Hasenhuttl is keen to keep his back five the same for the time being.
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