Southampton fell to a 3-1 defeat against Everton on the opening day of the new Premier League season after a second half collapse at Goodison Park.

Ralph Hasenhuttl handed debuts to Tino Livramento, Romain Perraud and Adam Armstrong, and the latter made a great start to his life as a Southampton player as he was found by Che Adams through on goal and clinically found the bottom corner to give the Saints a half-time lead.

However, as was so often the case last season, Southampton fell apart in the second half, with Richarlison taking advantage of some slack defending to equalise just a few moments after the restart, before Abdoulaye Doucoure’s screamer and Dominic Calvert Lewin’s scrappy goal sealed the points for Rafa Benitez’s side.

One man who unfortunately disappointed at Goodison Park was Perraud on what was his competitive debut for the Saints after a summer move from Stade Brest.

As per SofaScore, the Frenchman earned a poor 6.1/10 rating for his display, which was the joint-worst of any player to feature from both teams.

During his time on the pitch, the 23-year-old won only two of his seven duels, whilst he completed just one tackle, struggling to deal with Everton’s experienced right-hand side of Seamus Coleman and Andros Townsend.

Perhaps most worryingly, the young left-back struggled immensely with his passing, losing possession on 23 occasions, the most of any player in the game.

He also completed just 12 of his 22 passes, resulting in a 55% pass accuracy, a significant decrease on the 79.9% he averaged in Ligue 1 last season.

Considering that the defender was perhaps signed for his impressive attacking returns last season, as he managed three goals and seven assists in the French top-flight, Saints fans must be disappointed that he was so poor going forward today and will be hoping to see a lot more from him in future games.

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