Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals he’s struggling to find many flaws in Jan Bendarek’s game

Speaking in his Cardiff City pre-match press conference (9:20), Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted that he is struggling to find too many flaws in defender Jan Bednarek’s game right now.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite only making the 18-man squad on three occasions and playing just 80 minutes in total in the Premier League this term when Mark Hughes was in charge, Bednarek has played the full 90 minutes in every top flight match since the arrival of the Austrian manager.

When asked about the defender’s progress prior to the crucial bottom-of-the-table clash against the Bluebirds at St Mary’s on Saturday, the 51-year-old told southamptonfc.com: “Today I was thinking about the deficits he has in his game, and I didn’t find a lot. That shows me how good he is doing until now.

“Maybe his building up the game can develop.”

Local BBC journalist Adam Blackmore revealed on his official Twitter account on Thursday that the squad is jetting off to Tenerife after this weekend for a training camp where they will be shown videos analysing their good and bad points, but from Hasenhuttl’s comments it appears as though the centre-back won’t have too many of the latter.

High praise for Bednarek then

It is indeed.

Considering he could barely make the squad under Hughes, it has been a remarkable turnaround for the Poland international, who has consistently been one of the south coast outfit’s best players over the course of the previous couple of months.

While he has been a colossus at the back and outshone many of his more experienced defensive teammates, the 22-year-old also proved that he is working hard to improve on his build-up play by providing the forward pass and assist for Nathan Redmond’s goal in the 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend.

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