Since Ralph Hasenhuttl took the reins at St. Mary’s, what has impressed Southampton supporters most?
For some fans, it will undoubtedly be the improvement of the style of football. For others, they will be delighted with how the Austrian has revived certain players.
Former Southampton man Nicky Banger, though, cannot help but feel pleased with the younger players Hasenhuttl has started to integrate into the first team.
“I think that shows the mark of the manager,” Banger told the Daily Echo when speaking about Hasenhuttl’s willingness to ignore age when picking his starting XI. “He has given players the opportunity.”
And among those players include Yan Valery and Josh Sims, who have rarely let the former RB Leipzig boss down when called upon.
The former, in particular, has really impressed and has since gone on to nail down that right-back/right wing-back spot in the Saints’ starting XI.
The French youngster is now on course to becoming one of the leading right-backs in the Premier League and he has Hasenhuttl to thank.
That sort of youth development and with the talent Southampton’s academy is capable of producing, Hasenhuttl really could be the man to usher in a new era at St. Mary’s after a couple of disappointing years on the south coast.
If he’s given a decent-sized transfer budget, all the ingredients are definitely there for the 51-year-old as he looks to bring some permanent smiles back to the faces of the Southampton faithful.
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