Southampton fans split over Bednarek’s performance for doomed Poland

Football fans tend to keep a close eye on their club’s players whenever a major tournament rolls around.

Southampton do not have a huge amount of members competing at the World Cup in Russia, but one of theirs was in action on Sunday.

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Jan Bednerak, who is valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, was named as part of a back three for Poland in their must-win Group H clash against Colombia.

It was a disappointing night for the Southampton player as he was seemingly required to be a ball-playing defender, which does not fit in with his traditional attributes.

Overall, it was a match to forget for the nation as they were dumped out of the tournament in a 3-0 defeat.

Bednerak joined the Saints from Poznan in 2017 and last season made eight appearances in all competitions for the first team.

The 22-year-old featured five times in the Premier League and even scored a goal, but he is yet to cement a regular spot in the first XI.

It remains to be seen whether he will get more chances under manager Mark Hughes, but the fans have been having their say on his international outing for Poland.