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Southampton: Jones must unleash Orsic

Southampton face Everton in the Premier League today and they must build on two excellent results in the previous week.

Nathan Jones’ men secured a FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace before stunning Manchester City in the EFL Cup in midweek, inflicting a 2-0 defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side and confidence should be a lot better than it was at the start of the month.

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The Saints now need to carry this form into league duty, starting today away to the Toffees in what is a crunch match for both teams.

Southampton have scored just 15 goals in the league this term, the fourth-lowest total in the division and this is something that has to improve.

Jones has added Croatian star Mislav Orsic to his squad for a fee of £8m and hopefully, he can ignite a much-needed spark and the manager must unleash him this afternoon.

On the Chalkboard

The 30-year-old winger had an excellent season before making the move to England, scoring 13 goals and registering eight assists for Dinamo Zagreb, which included two goals in the Champions League group stages, underlining his pedigree at the highest level.

His form ensured a call-up to the Croatia squad for the World Cup and he scored the winner in their third-place playoff match against Morocco and his performances led to Southampton securing his signature.

Orsic achieved a wonderful Sofascore rating of 7.56/10 for his performances in the HNL whilst at Dinamo this season which ranked him as their second-best performer.

Across 15 games he amassed eight goals while taking 3.3 shots per match, with 1.5 of those on target. He is equally adept at generating opportunities for others too, with the winger grabbing five assists, creating two big chances, and making 1.7 key passes clearly underlining his attacking abilities.

In fact, compared to the whole Southampton squad, Orsic has more total shots per game, goals, and assists, suggesting that he should be unleashed from the start this afternoon.

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Croatian journalist Izak Ante Sucic has lavished praise upon the player in the past, saying: “If they are trying to sign a good player who is capable of producing one piece of magic to do the crucial thing in a game, then he is the one.”

If unleashed against Everton, he has the ability to be the club’s saviour and if he can replicate his form for Dinamo during the second half of the campaign, Southampton could well maintain their Premier League status.