Southampton picked up a rare three points as they secured a comeback win against Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening, although there will still some poor performances on show from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with Liverpool loanee Takumi Minamino particularly disappointing.
As per SofaScore, the Japan international would earn a less than impressive 6.4/10 rating for his performance, with only Jan Bednarek (6.2), who was substituted at half-time, earning lower of any player who started the game.
Since signing on loan from Jurgen Klopp’s side in the winter transfer window, the former RB Salzburg man has flattered to deceive, contributing two goals early on but struggling to have any real impact since then, and it was another below-par performance from the 26-year-old on Tuesday evening.
During the game, Minamino would complete just 24/38 of his passes, resulting in a less than impressive 63% pass success rate, which is lower than the 70.1% he has averaged during his time at Southampton.
Despite having the fewest touches of any Southampton midfielder, he still was clearly the weak link, as he lost possession a remarkable 22 times during the game, which was the most of any player who featured in the game.
He also failed to contribute a single successful dribble, cross or shot on target during the 90 minutes, and he was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch considering the options Hasenhuttl had on the bench.
Of the 10 ground duels he was involved in during the game, he would also win just three, so it was no surprise that Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach was critical of him in his player ratings following the game, saying:
“Minamino really struggled, back in the side. He looked weak and seemed to concede possession more than he turned it into anything creative.”
Given that Southampton are now completely safe from relegation, you could argue that Minamino should never play under Hasenhuttl again, as his performances since joining have been poor, and this time of the season is the ideal time for youngsters such as Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Tella to get more regular game time under their belt.
Given how poor he’s beenin recent weeks, Minamino should not be a player who Southampton look to sign on a permanent deal, so there’s no reason to pick him again between now and the end of the season.
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