Tom Barclay has suggested that Ralph Hasenhuttl could change the position of one of his Southampton players.
Journalist Tom Barclay has suggested that Southampton could utilise summer signing Tino Livramento as a winger in the Premier League, citing his experience for England at under-21 level.
“I did the game at MK Dons, the win against Kosovo, which was Lee Carsley’s first game in charge last month. And Livramento didn’t start, Max Aarons did because he’s the most experienced player in that squad, and clearly Carsley likes him a lot.
“But when Livramento did come on, he came on at right-wing rather right-back and they played together. So that would suggest that he has the ability to do that, and probably be quite impressive.”
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could now solve a big problem by making a bold call over Livramento’s position. By moving him forward into a wide attacking role, the Austrian could bring Romain Perraud in at left-back, play Kyle Walker-Peters in his natural position and replace one of his struggling forwards.
Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo, Theo Walcott and Mo Elyounoussi have managed one goal and zero assists between them in six Premier League games this season. This suggests that the wide positions are a problematic area for Hasenhuttl, one he could want to solve in the coming weeks, which is why moving Livramento there could be a masterstroke.
The ex-Leipzig coach lauded the full-back as a fantastic player earlier this month, praising how he has adapted to the physical side of the game. He said:
“He shows every week how strong he is and when you play against such players like these you have to be good and one against one he is.
“He never stays, he is always going and that’s what I want from him. Physically he is a good guy, a good height for a full-back, a fantastic player. But keep it calm – don’t talk too much about him!”
This shows that he has the physical strength to play at the top end of the pitch and take attackers on, whilst his 2.5 key passes and dribbles combined per game show that he has the quality on the ball to make an impact.
He has proven in the early parts of this season that he has the ability to create chances and dribble past opponents, which could help him thrive in an attacking role.
Therefore, Hasenhuttl could solve his issues out wide whilst offering more game time to Perraud and Walker-Peters by making this bold call.