Danso Must Play In The Centre Of Defence At Wolves
Wednesday, 16th Oct 2019 12:28
After conceding 9 goals in the last three Premier League games, it is time to find out if Kevin Danso is the man for the job in the centre of defence.
The last three Premier League games have seen appalling defensive performances as we have gifted virtually all of the 8 goals conceded in those 3 games though a lack of organisation, leadership, strange selections and pace.
Every Saints fan knows that this problem has been there for too long now and has not been satisfactorily dealt with in the last 6, yes 6 transfer windows.
Kevin Danso was signed back in August and although due to his young age he was not going to solve the leadership and organisation issues, at least he would offer strength and pace and that would be a start.
But he is yet to have played in his true position of either central defence as he was signed for, or as a holding midfielder where he has also played.
I have said in previous articles that there are issues with the Saints coaching staff and it appears that Ralph Hasenhuttl is not getting the advice from those on the bench with him that is helping him.
Last season the Austrian played the likes of Jan Valery without prejudice, but the question is whether the influence of Kelvin Davis and Dave Watson is affecting him too much, they along with Craig Fleming seem to be too close to the established players in the squad and from the outside it looks like they are advising Ralph to stick with these players rather than go with his gut instinct.
Last season he was loathe to play Jack Stephens, Yoshida and Cedric and preferred to give youth a chance, this term he seems to have altered his views and the likes of Jan Valery cannot get a game.
So are his coaching staff backing his decisions or are they influencing his selections in a negative way.
When he arrived we seemed to be moving forward, now we are going backwards and the old guard are getting the same results as they were getting over the past couple of seasons and that is not good as it means leaking goals.
If we play the same central defenders as we did at Wolves then we will get the same results, history shows us that, so we have to try something different.
The one thing we have not tried yet is Kevin Danso in the position we signed him to fill, Hasenhuttl was obviously aware of Danso and stated on his arrival he felt that centre back was his preferred position, so why has he not played him there yet ?
This weekend at Wolves we have nothing to lose by playing Danso but everything to gain, he cannot be any worse than Yoshida or Vestergaard and like Jan Bednarek might just prove to be a revelation.
His pace and strength would surely have at least stopped some of those 9 goals conceded and before anyone pipes up a clean sheet at Portsmouth a team near the bottom of League One is no bench mark for the Premier League.
The broom is sweeping clean at St Mary's and with Ross Wilson gone perhaps the influence of Ralph Hasenhuttl will grow, I certainly hope so, the manager deserves and needs an experienced coaching set up alongside him and he hasn't got that, I would hope that the board have recognised that and will deal with it !
Then perhaps we will truly see the Hasenhuttl revolution and not a combination of jobs for the boys in the team alongside some sub standard signings.
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