James Ward-Prowse, Centre-Midfielder – 6
Trying to score from his 1st corner is becoming a recurring theme. Whipped in a beautiful free kick where Southampton were unlucky to score. Played a deeper role than Romeu, which hints that he may not be 100%. Tired shot in the dying minutes and equally lethargic clearance that led to the Saint-Maximin goal. Made up for it all with nerves of steel drilling the penalty low to the left.
Oriol Romeu, Centre-Midfielder – 4
Must be quicker and willing to go forward immediately after winning possession. Killed attacks with his slow play and found himself in awkward positions too often. Stuart Armstrong would have been perfect for this match if healthy, as Romeu was bursting forward into the opposing box. It’s hard on Romeu, who tried to take on a different role today, but Ralph took far too long to make this tactical change.
Moussa Djenepo, Attacking-Midfielder – 4
The goal appears to be to get DJenepo the ball on the edge of the 18, he almost always gets across the line, but can’t seem to find a teammate. Should have scored twice in the opening 25 minutes, first a very bad miss from 4 yards, second, trying to do too much. Nearly curled the ball in the far post in his final threat to goal. Removed swiftly by his boss after being booked for simulation right in front of Hasenhuttl.
Mohammed Elyounoussi, Attacking-Midfielder – 8
Lively start, and far more progressive than Walcott in matches 1 & 2. Effective in keeping possession, winning fouls, and looked the most competent in the first half. Took on a Stuart Armstrong-like role and was strong throughout the match. Did exactly what he needed to get the equaliser and his 4th goal in two matches. His fellow Mo may be his only contender for Southampton MOTM.