After managing to secure another point against the reigning Premier League champions and current league leaders Manchester City with a 1-1 draw at home after their 0-0 result against them at The Etihad Stadium back in September, Southampton head into the winter break in 12th place with 25 points on the board.
As well as this positive result, it seems as though the club have been handed a fresh injury boost by the time they return to action next month.
Speaking after the draw against Pep Guardiola’s side at St. Mary’s over the weekend, Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed to Hampshire Live that Saint winger Nathan Tella was not involved in the match due to a groin injury.
However, he should be back after the current winter break by the time Southampton play their next match against Coventry City in the FA Cup.
Talking to the press, the Austrian gave the following seven-word update: “After the break, he will be back.”
This will be good news for Hasenhuttl and supporters as it’ll give the Saints an extra option to pick from in his squad when deciding his starting XI.
Even though he hasn’t managed to score a goal or provide an assist in the Premier League for the Saints so far this season, Tella has still proven himself to be a useful attacking option for Hasenhuttl with ten league appearances under his belt, showing how much the Southampton boss trusts him to do a job for the team.
With the game against Coventry in mind, it would not be a surprise if Tella is among those selected to start the game, especially when you consider the sort of attacking form that he has shown in previous FA Cup and Carabao Cup games this season, having provided two assists and one goal in four appearances across both competitions.
However, if the 22-year-old isn’t able to provide any goals or assists in the Premier League, then questions will surely be raised about his capabilities of playing in the top division on a regular basis at the level Hasenhuttl would want, especially with WhoScored currently listing him as one of the lowest-rated Southampton players in terms of overall performances in the league this season.
That said, the youngster is clearly a player with immense promise and seeing him return to full fitness is beneficial for every single party.