Southampton travel to the Etihad on Wednesday evening to face top-of-the-table Manchester City, and if Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to get anything from the game, he must start Che Adams.
The former Birmingham City man ended his poor run of form in front of goal with a superb volley against his old side Sheffield United at the weekend after coming on as a substitute.
The injury to Danny Ings at Bramall Lane also gives Hasenhuttl a decision to make with who to select up front, with Nathan Tella perhaps deserving to keep his place after an excellent performance in the 2-0 win against Chris Wilder’s side.
Adams, who reportedly earns £30k per week at Southampton, is one man he should select up front, as that screamer on Saturday will hopefully have given him the confidence to start finding the net on a more regular basis, especially with Ings now set for a spell on the sidelines.
Before last weekend, the two sides couldn’t have been in more opposite form, as City had won 21 games in a row in all competitions, whilst Hasenhuttl’s side had picked up just one point from a possible 27 in the top-flight.
However, City’s 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, combined with Southampton distancing themselves from the relegation battle with a 2-0 win against Sheffield United, will surely give the South Coast club some hope ahead of their trip to the Etihad.
They have shown they can do it against Pep Guardiola’s side before, as they were superb in the 1-0 win against City at St Mary’s last season following Project Restart, a game in which Adams scored his first Premier League goal for the club with a superb lob over Ederson.
Alan Shearer labelled the 24-year-old striker “magnificent” for his performance in that game, so Hasenhuttl should definitely hand him a start at the Etihad on Wednesday, in the hope that he can replicate that performance and help the Saints pull off a huge upset against the league leaders.