Manager, Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager – 9
Most will ask why the Armstrongs were not named to the starting eleven. Nathan Redmond’s play certainly hasn’t warranted an every-week position, but Ralph keeps running him out there. Redmond proved us all wrong and put in a decisive performance in a gaping midfield. Had a clear plan for Stu, giving him the long layoff half hour. Tactically he has improved the team defence immensely. In fact, it’s hard to understand why it doesn’t get a lot of praise. Went with Walcott for a calm head instead of trying to kill the match off with a goal-scorer, and fans should be OK with that.
Alex McCarthy, Goalkeeper – 7
Two first half catches emphasized Southampton’s dominance. Palmed a cross he maybe should have left alone luckily into the path of a teammate in his most exciting moment. A very quiet afternoon thanks to the defence in front of him.
Romain Perraud, Left-Back – 7
Happy to attack alongside Djenepo in a partnership that feels just right. Salisu loves him as a target down the left wing as well while he bombs forward. Perraud plays with tenacity and has an engine, but it did wear down during the stretch. Regardless, he gives it his all and is endearing himself to the fans quickly.
Mohammed Salisu, Centre-Back – 9
Exhibitions of positioning and strength in the opening 10 minutes set the tone for opposing attackers. Flashed a couple of runs forward and looked long often to Perraud bursting down the left side. Massive block on a Jack Harrison opportunity in the second half maybe saved the game. Single blemish was a poor giveaway which gave Dan James a real chance to equalize. Otherwise was a men amongst boys. A MOTM performance of the highest quality. Seems like Salisu was worth the wait.
Jan Bednarek, Centre-Back – 7
Maybe the easiest match a centre-half could have. When Leeds did attack, it was typically from the right. Did earn a yellow when he was caught too far up field. Otherwise, stood his ground in his penalty area and played everything safe.
Tino Livramento, Right-Back – 7
Every time Tino picks up the ball the crowd lifts. He was caught too far forward on a couple transitions, but recovered with intent. He is so creative in the final third, and once or twice Broja didn’t see what he saw. Livramento is a star in the making and perhaps the signing of the summer transfer window in the whole of the Premier League.