After securing their first Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 win over Leeds United, Southampton failed to capitalise on that after drawing 2-2 against Burnley at the weekend.
Next up, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side face off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup to see if they can get another win under their belts for the campaign before they return to Premier League action at the weekend.
One player that was involved in the game against Burnley at the weekend that we feel should be taken out of the starting XI for the trip to west London in midweek is left-back Romain Perraud.
We suggested that the defender should start against the Clarets but sadly, he was pretty poor.
During the match, Perraud played the full 90 minutes but made just two clearances, two tackles and most shockingly of all, lost possession on 17 occasions.
That meant he misplaced six passes and failed to accurately complete any of the five crosses he attempted, ultimately earning himself a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.6/10 according to SofaScore, highlighting just how disappointing he was on the day.
Southampton signed the defender during the previous summer transfer window from French club Stade Brest on a four-year deal.
Even though the Frenchman has played 90 minutes in both of Southampton’s two previous league games, we feel that he should be dropped for the Chelsea match to see if his absence on this occasion could be what the Saints need to get past Thomas Tuchel’s side and into the next round of the competition.
In terms of who could come into the side ahead of Perraud, we feel that this could be a good opportunity for Kyle Walker-Peters to come back in after being left out of the Leeds and Burnley clashes to see if he can have more of an impact against Chelsea than Perraud did a few days ago.
Whether Hasenhuttl chooses to stick with the 24-year-old at left-back against Chelsea or not, we feel that this will still be a massive task for the Saints to beat an opponent who are just coming off the back of a blistering 7-0 win over Norwich City and have only conceded three league goals so far this season.