Southampton opinions: Paolo Farago can reignite the Saints’ right flank
Southampton’s last match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League ended in a very surprising 2-1 victory for the Saints where they defended for their lives and counter-attacked like cheetahs whenever they got the chance.
With Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse bombarding down the flank on every opportunity, the Spurs defence found it extremely difficult to deal with them because it just seemed like the North London side were having a bit of an off-day.
This victory provided Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl with 3 valuable points that put them clear of the relegation zone by two points. With a better goal difference than everyone below them as well, they will now be feeling confident given that the momentum is on their side.
Another player who really shone in that fixture against Spurs was right-back Jan Valery. The 20-year-old was spectacular down the right flank and made the attempts of both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen down that flank look extremely ordinary.
His movement and understanding with Nathan Redmond has become a highlight of their play and having just turned 20 about a forntnight ago, the Frenchman’s season has really taken off since the event that rocked this club to its very core.
In the last couple of seasons, one of their best players had always been Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares, who, using his pace and attacking prowess, tore opposing teams apart.
His sudden departure hit them hard initially and although Valery has now grown into the role, there is still a massive need for an alternate right-back who can come and do a consistent job of challenging the young Frenchman for the starting role.
Ralph Hasenhuttl should target Cagliari Calcio’s Italian full-back Paolo Farago, who has had a stellar season at the back for the Seria A minnows who currently find themselves at 14th place.
His potential is far more than this and a move to the Premier League could be in the best interest of his development.
His physicality and intensity of play will suit Hasenhuttl’s dynamic style while the opportunity to link up with a speed demon like Nathan Redmond down the Saints’ right flank could be the perfect launching pad for the 26-year-old Italian.
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His pace down the flank is certain to be a threat while his crosses are top quality as well. He has made 23 appearances for Cagliari this term and has assisted 3 goals. His keen eye for a pass will help the Saints wingers to prosper and this move is a surefire one that Hasenhuttl must go for.