Preston North End 1-3 Southampton |
G : Ings ×2, Vokins
A : Bertrand, Redmond
Guangzhou R&F 0-4 Southampton |
G : Valery, Long, Klarer, Adams
A : Slattery
Feyenoord 1-3 Southampton |
G : Adams, Yoshida, Boufal
A : Ward-Prowse, Armstrong
Southampton 2-0 FC Koln |
G : Ings pen, Højbjerg
A : Adams ×2
✔ Goalkeepers: Agnus Gunn (£4.5) will retain his spot between the sticks for the new season, fending off the competition of Forster (£4 5) & McCarthy (£4.5).
✔ Defenders: The Saints' defence was really good in preseason, only shipping in 3 goals. The coach used a 3-5-2 formation throughout preseason with the back 3 being Stephens (£4.5), Bednarek (£4.5) & Vestergard (£5.0). Looks like Yoshida (£4.5) & Hoedt are out of favour. Valery (£5.0) & Bertrand (£5.0) were playing as wing backs and the latter did get an assist. Cedric (£5.0) is also in picture, as he will battle it out with Vallery for that right wing back position.
✔ Midfielders: The mainstay here is Højbjerg (£5.0), was only bettered by Smallbone minutes-wise amongst midfielders. No player in this part of field really had eye catching performances, the likes of Redmond (£6.5), Ward-Prowse (£6.0) & Armstrong (£5.5) getting an assist each. Remeu (£4.5) & Elyounoussi (£5.5) only played 117 minutes between them.
✔ Forwards: New signing, Che Adams (£6.0) was definitely the standout performer in preseason, scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists. It still remains to be seen how he'll adapt to the Premier League. He has formed a striking partnership with Ings (£6.0) up top, who himself scored 3 goals. Both forwards did better than Long (£5.0), who got a goal and an assist despite playing more minutes. Obafemi (£5.0) is definitely down the packing order.
BEST CHOICES: Gunn (£4.5), is a standout pick because he is still £4.5. Bertrand (£5.0), playing as a wing back, he might be one to watch. Ings (£6.0), his starting Xl place is not in question and is also on penalties.