With just one win, five draws and three defeats under their belt with nine games played, Southampton are currently sat in 16th place in the Premier League table with eight points, whereas Watford are in 14th place with two more points than the Saints, setting things up for a big game at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Looking ahead to the match, one Saints player that featured against Chelsea that we feel shouldn’t be in the starting XI to face Watford at the weekend is Kyle Walker-Peters.
Walker-Peters, who started and played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, managed to misplace seven of the 23 passes he attempted, made no key passes, failed to accurately complete any of the four crosses he attempted, failed to accurately complete any of the two long balls he attempted, won just seven out of the 17 duels he was involved in and failed to make even one tackle, ultimately earning himself a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him one of Southampton’s lowest-rated player on the day according to SofaScore.
This shows that he very much struggled to have any sort of impact in the game against Thomas Tuchel’s side, either from an attacking or defensive sense.
So far this season, Walker-Peters has made just seven appearances for the Saints across all competitions.
Southampton originally signed Walker-Peters on a loan deal back in the 2020 January transfer window from fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur before securing him on a permanent deal in the following summer window in a deal worth a reported fee of £12m.
Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt and has been described as “very professional” by Hasenhuttl, has gone on to make 52 appearances for the south-coast club across all competitions in which he has managed to score one goal and provide four assists in the process.
Moving forward, we feel that Walker-Peters should not be in the starting XI at the weekend to face Watford, whether it be in the left-back position where he’s played in the five Premier League appearances he’s made so far this season, or on the right-hand side where he featured against Chelsea.