After losing 1-0 to Wolves in their previous Premier League game, Southampton are yet to secure their first top-flight win of the season.
The Saints currently sit 16th in the Premier League table with just four points on the board so far, having scored four goals and conceded seven in the process, resulting in a rather underwhelming start to their campaign.
One player who has been a regular figure for the Saints so far this season is Nathan Redmond, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £60k-per-week according to Spotrac. The winger has made an appearance in each of Southampton’s Premier League games so far this season, except for their 1-1 draw against Manchester United where he was an unused substitute. However, he has failed to contribute to a goal in the top flight in 2021/22.
On the two occasions that the 27-year-old has played a full 90 minutes for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in the league this season, both ended in a 0-0 draw, the first coming against West Ham United and also the draw at Manchester City.
In their recent match against Wolves, Redmond was replaced in the second half by Moussa Djenepo after failing to have a shot on target, which ultimately led to him being given an overall match rating of 6.7/10, making him one of the lowest-rated Southampton players on the day according to SofaScore. He won just one duel all afternoon and was dribbled past twice before being hooked in the 64th minute.
With the Saints now facing off against Chelsea, who have only conceded two league goals so far this season, Hasenhuttl will undoubtedly need his players to be on their best attacking form if they are to have any chance of getting a positive result against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
In our view, this means that Redmond should not be included in Southampton’s starting XI this afternoon based on his dry spell of goals and assists.
Instead, Hasenhuttl should consider tinkering with his starting line-up and potentially give Nathan Tella the chance to show what he can do from the start in the Premier League, where he has only made a 10-minute cameo at the start of the season in their 3-1 loss against Everton.