Southampton’s disappointing Premier League season continued as they surrendered a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 with Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday, and right-back Cedric Soares once again put in a disappointing display.
The Portugal international was an impressive performer in his first season with the south coast outfit under Ronald Koeman, but he has not lived up to the same standards since he won Euro 2016 with Portugal and certainly hasn’t been helped by the fact that he has no real competition for his place and ultimately knows he isn’t going to be dropped.
The 27-year-old has been a real favourite with Mark Hughes since the Welshman took charge and he has played all but 34 minutes of his team’s Premier League campaign to date.
One of his main weaknesses over the course of the last 18 months or so especially has been that he has struggled to make an impact in the final third for the club, and that was on show again against the Hornets as he failed to complete a single dribble and produced no accurate crosses from five attempts, as per WhoScored.
The Portuguese defender also only provided two accurate long balls from the six he attempted, while he had a passing accuracy of just 54% and failed to make a single interception throughout the 90 minutes.
It was another showing that suggested that Southampton should drop and then sell Cedric during the January transfer window while he could still be worth a sizeable transfer fee, and the former could be a possibility given the poor form he is in ahead of a crucial clash against fellow strugglers Fulham after the international break.
Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek and Yan Valery are among the names that could compete with him to start at Craven Cottage to take him out of the comfort zone he finds himself in, and if any of them get the nod over Cedric they will hope to put in a performance that ensures they stay in the XI.