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Southampton: Ralph Hasenhuttl must unleash Thierry Small

After losing four of their five opening league games of the season, Southampton’s B team have managed to completely turn their form around in recent weeks having won their previous four league games, scoring 11 goals and keeping a clean sheet in all four matches.

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One player that has been heavily involved in this recent run of form for the B team is 17-year-old left-back Thierry Small.

Having played the full 90 minutes in their two previous league games, Small managed to get on the scoresheet on both occasions and help them keep a clean sheet in the process, first in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa’s U23s then in a 5-0 victory over Newcastle’s U23 side.

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This shows that not only is Small a capable defender but also has a knack for goal as well, which is very exciting for such a young player, who is excelling at U23 level.

Speaking about Small and his recent performances for the youth team, Ralph Hasenhuttl said that it has been “very enjoyable” to watch the young full-back play.

Hasenhuttl also said that Small “has some really good potential” and that “physically, mentally he is a fantastic guy”, which says to us that he could be ready to battle it out in the senior squad at Southampton.

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With this in mind, once the current international break has come to an end, it could be a great time for Hasenhuttl to give Small his chance to shine in the first team now that Southampton are in a good run of form having won three of their four previous league games and set to take on Norwich City, who are currently bottom of the league table, for their next league outing.

Before joining Southampton back in the previous summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club Everton, Small was praised by former Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti for his quality on the pitch, which should also be very exciting for the Saints fans given how Ancelotti has managed a plethora of world-class players throughout his managerial career and clearly knows quality players when he sees them.

Also, with Hasenhuttl having given youth players such as Caleb Watts, Kayne Ramsay and Will Smallbone their Premier League debuts during his time at St. Mary’s, Small has shown he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of these players and get his first taste of top-flight action to see if he is then able to continue with the senior squad or keep playing with the B team.

However, with both Kyle Walker-Peters and Romain Perraud having played in the left-back position for Southampton at times this season, it seems as though Small’s route to the first-team may not be quite as straightforward as he may hope it would be.

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