Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left underwhelmed and disappointed by their side once again last weekend after seeing the Saints lose 1-0 at home to Burnley in the Premier League, thus suffering their fourth defeat of the campaign.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash with the Clarets off the back of a three-match unbeaten run in the league, and would have been hoping for home comforts against Sean Dyche’s high-flying side on Saturday. However, the South Coast outfit produced a limp and lacklustre display and were duly punished late on when Sam Vokes netted the winner nine minutes from time to seal the three points for the visitors, which in turn moved them level on points with sixth place Arsenal and fifth place Liverpool in the Premier League table.
For our resident Southampton supporters though, there was much anger and frustration at yet another sub-standard display from their team, and one which resulted in them slipping to 13th place in the table and just four points clear of the bottom three.
And much of their early-season issues can be pinned down to their struggle for goals, with nine scored in their 11 league games so far, but there still have been some decent attacking displays from some Saints players. But just who has been their most creative player in the Premier League thus far?
Well, although he has yet to score for the club this term, it’s Nathan Redmond who gets the nod from our resident Southampton fans.
The England international made the move to St Mary’s back in 2016 and bagged eight goals in his debut campaign last time out to help them to an eighth place finish in the Premier League table.
And although he has yet to add to that tally this term, his tally of two assists is more than any other Saints player so far this season, while his 20 chances created sees him atop of that list as well ahead of fellow midfielder Dusan Tadic (17), who has played 109 minutes more than the 23-year-old.
That means that Redmond averages two key passes per game to Tadic’s 1.7, while the fact that the Englishman averages 2.5 shots per game to Tadic’s 1.5 demonstrates that he is the one trying to make things happen for the Saints, which is particularly important given that they are seriously struggling for goals this season.
And with Mario Lemina (2.6) and Sofiane Boufal (2.1) the only players to have averaged more dribbles per game than the 23-year-old (1.9), it’s clear that, although he hasn’t turned them into contributions regularly enough this season, he is carrying an attacking threat on the field.
The forward has started just one of their last three Premier League games though such has been his apparent lack of form, but based on these statistics, Pellegrino needs him on the pitch to help get the results, and indeed save his job.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!