Southampton extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions as they beat Sheffield United on penalties in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
The Saints were able to come out on top in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regular time, winning 4-2 on penalties – with Oriol Romeu scoring the winning spot-kick.
Ibrahima Diallo and Mo Salisu got the goals to take the game to penalties in the 90 minutes, with both players scoring their first goals for the club.
Although there were some positives to take from the game, there were also some big negatives. One player, in particular, struggled to make a good impression on the pitch and that was debutant Lyanco.
First and foremost, the Brazilian was at fault for one of the Blades’ goals. He looked uncomfortable attempting to play a first-time pass into midfield and skewed the ball straight to a Sheffield United player. From that, the Blades were able to find Oli McBurnie unmarked in the box and he was able to slot past Fraser Forster with a composed finish.
The former Torino man struggled defensively and on the ball throughout the game. Per SofaScore, he completed three of his 11 long pass attempts and only 72% of his passes overall, gifting possession back to United 14 times in his 70 minutes on the pitch before Hasenhuttl hauled him off.
To his credit, he did win all three of his aerial battles. However, per SofaScore, he also made zero tackles, was dribbled past once and made an error directly leading to a goal. This shows that he was not able to deal with the threat the Blades posed on the ground as they were able to bypass him with ease throughout the match.
It is worth pointing out that this was his debut in English football and he may not be on the same wavelength as his teammates just yet, but there were some basic errors in his game that will surely worry Hasenhuttl.
Regardless of fitness levels, a player cannot give the ball away when under little-to-no pressure just outside of his own box as it puts unneeded pressure on his team.
Lyanco let Hasenhuttl down and he will now need to vastly improve when he is next called upon, whether that is in the Premier League or the League Cup.
The new signing did not repay the faith that the Austrian showed in him by handing him a start and will now need to earn his manager’s trust back.