While there were a number of sub-par performances, Saints left-back Romain Perraud arguably had his worst game for the club, since moving from Stade Brestois in the Summer for £10.8m, and was hauled off in the 58th minute with Kyle Walker-Peters taking his place.
The Frenchman failed to make a single tackle, clearance, block or interception during his time on the pitch, with all four goals being scored before his substitution – leaving him with a match rating of just 5.9 according to SofaScore.
In addition, the defender lost possession 15 times, lost four out of his five ground duels and failed to complete any of his crosses.
In comparison, Walker-Peters made one key interception in his 32 minutes on the pitch, as well as completing 87% of his passes, winning four out of his seven ground duels and completing all three of his dribble attempts – proving he would be a much more effective option going forward for Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhuttl in the future.
After Perraud scored in the game before against West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round, it looked as if the manager had a selection headache going forward, with him saying after the game: “[I’m] very happy for him [Perraud], he has made fantastic progress since being here and developed his game massively.
“I’m very happy he is here and, as I always say, I have three fantastic full-backs.”
However, former Spurs star Walker-Peters has demonstrated on a number of occasions now that he has become one of the most improved players in the league, let alone one of the most improved defenders, and it’s unlikely that Perraud will get too many more chances heading into the business end of the season when the Englishman is fit.