Southampton are back in Premier League action on Saturday evening as they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and Ralph Hasenhuttl should consider starting Dan N’Lundulu.
Danny Ings has been ruled out of the game against Brendan Rodgers’ side after testing positive for the current viral outbreak, leaving the Saints short on attacking options ahead of the game.
Wingers Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond are also sidelined through injury, meaning Theo Walcott is perhaps likely to keep his place on the wing, rather than moving up front, as we have seen on a few occasions so far this season.
Hasenhuttl is perhaps likely to hand Shane Long another start alongside Che Adams, with the Irish striker having seen a lot more game time in recent weeks as a result of the injury problems at the South Coast club.
However, considering he has found the net just twice in his last 36 Premier League appearances, the Austrian manager should consider putting his faith in 21-year-old N’Lundulu instead.
The striker has made six appearances from the bench in the top-flight so far this season – including a late cameo in the win against Liverpool last time out – having impressed with David Horseman’s B team, for whom he has 12 goals and three assists in 29 appearances.
This season alone has seen the young forward grab five goals and one assist in just seven Premier League 2 appearances, so he is more than deserving of a chance to show what he can do in the top-flight, as unfortunately, his six substitute appearances have totalled just 28 minutes.
That said, he has shown in those few minutes that he is strong, athletic and adept to the pressing game, and he could prove to be a great foil for Adams at the King Power Stadium.
Whilst he doesn’t have the experience of Long, he is definitely in better goalscoring form at the moment and considering the Saints’ lack of goals in recent fixtures, as well as the absence of Ings, Hasenhuttl must put his faith in N’Lundulu for the game against Leicester City.
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