Southampton host Wolves at St Mary’s in the Premier League on Saturday as they go in search of their first top-flight win of the season.

The Saints have picked up four draws and one defeat from five league matches this season, whilst winning both of their Carabao Cup games against Newport County and Sheffield United.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side beat the Blades on penalties after a 2-2 draw in midweek, with a number of players given chances to show that they deserve a place in the starting XI against Wolves.

One player who was handed an opportunity to shine against the Blades was 22-year-old right-back Yan Valery, who came in for Tino Livramento.

Should Valery start?





However, the Frenchman failed to take his chance with both hands as he produced a worrying performance against Sheffield United. He was given a SofaScore rating of 6.5, better than only Moussa Djenepo and Lyanco.

As per SofaScore, Valery lost seven of his 11 ground duels and 50% of his aerial battles. He also made zero tackles as he was dribbled past three times during the game. This shows that he was too weak defensively and easy to play against for the Blades wingers, who were able to breeze past him with ease as he failed to win even one tackle in the 90 minutes.

He did not fare much better on the ball. As per SofaScore, he failed with seven of his eight crossing attempts and three of his six dribbles. The defender also gave away possession 15 times, providing just one key pass and one off-target shot. This shows that he offered next to nothing defensively or offensively, which makes him something of a liability to the team as he is not contributing at either end.

Livramento has started all five of Southampton’s Premier League matches this season and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.80. He has made 3.8 tackles and interceptions per game whilst winning 56% of his duels so far.

This suggests that the summer signing from Chelsea is able to perform to a higher standard than Valery whilst winning a higher percentage of his battles against the opposition and providing more defensive quality in the tackle. For this reason, Hasenhuttl must ruthlessly axe the 22-year-old from the XI to reinstate his youngter team-mate back into the side for the clash with Wolves on Sunday.

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