Southampton’s win over Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup has injected vital positivity into the club ahead of the most pivotal match of their season so far – a meeting with fellow surprise relegation rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Mark Hughes seems likely to continue using the 4-4-2 formation that inspired the win over the Latics, and while most of the attention will be on the two strikers, the true execution of the system depends on the wide-men; they’ll be expected to provide creativity and penetration on the flanks, but will need to do their fair share of defending as well with one less body in midfield.
With that in mind, we asked Southampton fans earlier this week whether Hughes should issue Sofiane Boufal – who Transfermarkt value at £13.5milion – another start after fielding him against Wigan, or give Nathan Redmond the left wing berth instead.
And our poll revealed that Saints supporters are incredibly divided on the issue; while 52% want Boufal to keep his place, 48% reckon it’s time to bring Redmond back into the fold. How would you line up Hughes’ side at the London Stadium? Let us know by commenting below…