Whilst Ralph Hasenhuttl will no doubt be disappointed that Southampton couldn’t find a way past Fulham on Boxing Day, the performance of Kyle Walker-Peters will surely have delighted the Austrian manager.
The right-back, who joined on a permanent deal from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, has been a mainstay in the Southampton side so far this season, having played every minute for the Saints in the Premier League.
The young defender faced a difficult game against the dangerous Ademola Lookman but was superb throughout the 90 minutes, as he won 11 tackles during the game, which was the most of any Premier League player so far this season, and the most of any Southampton player in over six years.
As per SofaScore, the 23-year-old picked up an impressive 7.7 rating for his display, which was the best of any Southampton player during the game.
As well as his impressive tackling statistics, Walker-Peters, who earns £23k per week at Southampton, also made two clearances, three interceptions and blocked one shot, in what was a superb defensive performance.
He was involved in an incredible 29 duels during the game and was able to win 17 of them, suggesting that he was not one to shirk a challenge in what was undoubtedly a physical, scrappy affair at Craven Cottage.
Unfortunately for the defender, Southampton’s attackers were unable to match his solid defensive display, although the Saints were perhaps unlucky not to take home three points, as both Shane Long and Theo Walcott saw second-half goals disallowed for marginal offsides.
However, despite the disappointing result, the decision to bring in Walker-Peters during the summer is looking more and more like a shrewd piece of business by the South Coast club, and they will be hoping that he can continue to produce displays like the one against Fulham throughout the rest of the season.