Southampton duo Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu have been pictured hard at work in individual summer training.
Walker-Peters was a key part of Saints’ team last season and was the only fit senior full-back at the club at the back end of the campaign.
Salisu suffered injury setbacks as he worked towards a first Saints start after his summer arrival but looked a class act in making 15 appearances between February and May.
Big seasons ahead for both Southampton talents
Given his overall consistency since his permanent transfer from Spurs, Walker-Peters is likely to remain as the first-choice right-back for this season.
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His energy in carrying the ball forward from defence into midfield and attack is a key part of Saints’ setup and saw him become a real threat to the opposition in many games.
Competition is likely to be added behind him this summer. Saints have been linked to many full-backs who can play left and right-back and this would fit into the mould of flexible players that Ralph Hasenhuttl wants in his squad.
Salisu has impressed Saints fans with commanding displays so far but has played a lot of his football at the club as a left-back. He will be eyeing a centre-back spot and it will be his job to push ahead of Jannik Vestergaard for the left-sided role in the back four – easier said than done but this may well push both players onto new levels of form.
He is still in the early stages of what could be a very promising career and he will know that a spell with Saints could lead to bigger things for him in the future. In the short-term though, his current club could well benefit from his talent.