After James Ward-Prowse explained the changes he’s made to his game since Ralph Hasenhuttl took the Southampton wheel, Jan Bednarek has become the latest resurgent Saints player to speak out about what is expected of him and what he wants to achieve going forward.
The Pole has been immense in 2019 and has emerged as a key player for the St Mary’s Stadium outfit, despite being on the fringes while Mark Hughes was still in charge. In fact, since Welshman Hughes was given the boot in December, a number of players have proven that the job he did was in fact far worse than some realised.
The former Stoke and Manchester City boss had no time for the aforementioned Ward-Prowse or Bednarek – the trio who have been instrumental in Saints’ incredible showings of late.
However, the pitch isn’t the only place where these players are showing the value that Hughes was inexplicably blind to – 22-year-old Bednarek has spoken to The Daily Echo and his words will be music to the ears of the Southampton faithful:
“My ambition is to be the best. I want to be a player who can do a lot for team and gives 100 per cent in every game.
“He [Hasenhuttl] wants me to be aggressive and committed to the game. I don’t only think about myself, I am a group player who wants to do the best for the team.
“If you get given [chances in the starting XI] then you have to give back. That’s the main thing.
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“If he is showing me that he trusts and believes in me, then I have to give back. I can help him by being a team player and adding some quality to the team.”
It’s remarkable that Hughes couldn’t spot both the quality and the excellent attitude that are so essential to building a team who can fight for Premier League survival in the former Lech Poznan man, who is proving to be a real bargain at £5m.