Southampton failed to mark the return of fans to St Mary’s with a win on Tuesday evening, as they were beaten by an in-form Leeds United who secured a top ten finish in their first season back in the Premier League.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side started brightly against the Elland Road outfit, with Che Adams forcing Kiko Casilla into two good saves, whilst James Ward-Prowse hit the bar with an unbelievable attempt from a free-kick.
However, the hosts tired in the second half and after some strange substitutions from the Austrian manager, Marcelo Bielsa’s side showed their class, with Patrick Bamford tucking home after a superb Rodrigo pass, before Tyler Roberts made the points safe late on.
One man who unfortunately was not at his best in the defeat at St Mary’s was Nathan Tella, which was a surprise after his impressive cameo against Fulham at the weekend earned him a rare start.
As per SofaScore, the 21-year-old would earn a disappointing 5.8/10 rating, which was the worst of any player to feature on Tuesday night.
During his time on the pitch, the former Arsenal youngster would have just 38 touches, one fewer than the 39 touches Alex McCarthy had during the game.
The youngster, who partnered Adams up front in the first half and Danny Ings in the second, would complete just 13 passes during the game, whilst he was unsuccessful in all seven of the dribbles he attempted at St Mary’s.
As a result, he would lose possession on 16 occasions, which is something Hasenhuttl would have been desperate to avoid against a Leeds side who are so dangerous when they regain possession and look to counter.
Tella would also win just two out of his 20 duels during the game, resulting in a less than impressive 10% success rate, which emphasises that the Leeds defence well and truly had the better of him – as all three centre-backs in Bielsa’s side scored higher than a 7/10.
Although Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach described Tella as “special” during the first half, he was unable to trouble the Leeds defence and was certainly one of the poorest performers on a difficult evening for Hasenhuttl’s side, with the St Mary’s faithful unfortunately sent home disappointed on their return to the stadium.
And, in other news… Saints missed out on “outstanding” PL beast with 21 G/A