Southampton picked up a valuable point as they drew 1-1 with Leicester City on Friday night despite playing the majority of the game with 10 men.
Jannik Vestergaard was sent off after just 10 minutes after catching Jamie Vardy following a loose touch, which may have left Southampton fans fearing a repeat of the 9-0 home defeat against the Foxes in 2019, when Ryan Bertrand also received an early red card.
However, Southampton rallied and still looked to go forward, taking the lead in the second half thanks to James Ward-Prowse’s penalty, although Jonny Evans levelled the match with a header. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side battled hard and were able to hold on for a valuable point, which will surely delight the Austrian manager.
Unfortunately, not all of his players contributed as much as he would’ve hoped, with Takumi Minamino particularly disappointing with his performance.
As per SofaScore, the on-loan Liverpool man earned a poor 6.4/10 rating for his display, which was the joint-worst of any player who started the game bar Vestergaard. The Japan international, who joined Liverpool for £7.25m, was on the pitch for 76 minutes but had just 26 touches of the ball and only completed seven of his 12 passes, resulting in a poor 58% accuracy rate.
Not only was this the fewest passes from any player to feature for more than 30 minutes, it was also significantly fewer than the 23.7 passes per game he has averaged with Southampton in the Premier League this season, and much poorer than the 71.7% pass accuracy he has registered with the Saints.
Despite being involved so little, the 26-year-old – who reportedly earns £75,000 per week at Liverpool – still managed to lose possession eight times, whilst he was successful in just three of his 11 duels (SofaScore). Minamino was also unsuccessful with every single cross, long ball and dribble he attempted during the game, which emphasises just how poor he was at St Mary’s last night.
Therefore, you could say that Hasenhuttl was justified in his decision to leave him out of the side so often in recent weeks, and after another poor display, it would perhaps be a surprise to see him feature again before the end of the season.