It has been a good few weeks for Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Saints have lost just two of their last eight Premier League games, picking up vital wins over Watford, Norwich, Aston Villa and Chelsea while also grabbing a point against Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
It represents an impressive turnaround for the south coast side, who were sat on eight points in 18th place after losing 9-0 to Leicester at St Mary’s towards the end of October – a defeat that Hasenhuttl feels was a turning point in Southampton’s season.
There is no rest for the wicked, however, and the Saints must embark on their fourth game in 11 days when Tottenham come to visit on Boxing Day – here’s the XI that we think Hasenhuttl should put out for that match…
As you can see, we think that Hasenhuttl should make two changes from the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last time out.
Firstly, Sofiane Boufal should make way for Stuart Armstrong on the right of midfield, for the Moroccan was disappointing against the Eagles – much to the annoyance of these fans on Twitter after he had no shots and made no key passes – whereas Armstrong contrastingly drew praise from some supporters for his display against Chelsea recently.
The former Celtic man grabbed a wonderful assist for Nathan Redmond’s goal against the Blues and deserves to come back in due to Boufal’s poor display, while on the other side, we think that Moussa Djenepo also deserves a start after he terrorised Palace from the bench last time out – the Malian came on in the 62nd minute and completed five dribbles, while also having a shot on target and making one key pass.
Elsewhere, Hasenhuttl has stated that Michael Obafemi might not be an option as he recovers from illness, although Shane Long has returned to training and is “maybe” an option according to the former RB Leipzig boss – however, we feel that Che Adams should start alongside Danny Ings once again as he is fully fit.
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That would mean Redmond and Boufal drop out of the XI which started against Palace, and at a time where the games are coming thick and fast, it would make sense for Hasenhuttl to make a few changes.
In other news, this Southampton transfer target would kill two birds with one stone for Hasenhuttl…