Back in January, Southampton were believed to be interested in signing Joe Bryan, while Watford were also keen on the Fulham star.
Ralph Hasenhuttl probably could’ve done with another left-back as Ryan Bertrand is his only natural senior option in the role, following Matt Targett’s departure back in the summer.
The former Bristol City full-back had enjoyed a fine campaign before the weekend’s trip to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn, scoring one goals and recording five assists in 29 appearances.
However, against Blackburn, his campaign got even better.
Bryan was quite simply everywhere at Ewood Park, enjoying an afternoon in which he was heavily involved both in attack and from a defensive aspect.
The 26-year-old made seven successful tackles – no player on the pitch completed more – while he also recorded two interceptions and three clearances.
However, in attack, he was arguably even better.
Bryan set up the game’s only goal with a fine assist, while also making two key passes throughout the 90 minutes.
Fulham’s No.23 embarked on two dribbles and drew two fouls from the opposition, while having a huge 97 touches of the ball against the Rovers – no player on the pitch had more.
Also, his 65 passes were more than any other Fulham player registered, while only Darragh Lenihan of Blackburn made more with 81 to his name.
WhoScored even awarded him the Man of the Match award having slapped a match rating of 8.67 on his name.
It truly was an impressive all-action performance from the Englishman, and if Southampton were watching by any chance, then surely he showed why the Saints should reignite their interest in him when the summer window opens.
He now has one goal and six assists in the Championship this term, leaving him with an impressive seven goal involvements in 30 appearances – if he was keen on a move to St Mary’s at all, then he’s doing his chances of a switch no harm in showing why Hasenhuttl should go back in for him this summer.
In other news, this Southampton target who was also wanted by AC Milan in January shone against Leeds…