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8th Dec, 2016 | 9:59pm

Southampton player ratings v Hapoel: Attacker is 3/10

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider rates the Southampton players in their 1-1 draw against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Fraser Forster 5 – The England international was rarely tested by the opposition’s attack, but should have done better with the goal conceded.

Cedric Soares 5 – Was solid in defence, but when in attack his final delivery was poor.

Virgil van Dijk 6 – The star defender won every 50-50, but should have scored the opener with a free header from a corner. Unfortunately his goal eventually came when it was too late.

Maya Yoshida 6 – The once much-maligned centre-back gave another solid performance and couldn’t have stopped the goal.

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Ryan Bertrand 5 – A similar performance to Cedric on the other side in that he was solid in defence, but his final ball is usually a much higher standard.

Steven Davis 6 – Mr. Dependable once again. He gave a solid display in the centre of the park without pulling up trees.

Oriol Romeu 5 – Bossed the midfield before an error cost his side the game and the Europa League.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5 – The midfielder has still yet to show why he was signed by Bayern Munich in the summer, but he’s solid.

Josh Sims 6 – The youngster was a lot quieter than his debut against Everton. Struggled to impose himself on the game and was rightly subbed off.

Charlie Austin 6 – Didn’t see much of the ball before suffering an injury after just 39 minutes.

Nathan Redmond 3 – The attacker’s decision making was all wrong over the 90 minutes and you’ll struggle to find one pass of his in the final third that found a team-mate.


Shane Long (for Austin 39 mins) – 5

Dusan Tadic (for Sims 59 mins) – 7

James Ward-Prowse (for Hojbjerg 82 mins) – 6

In other Southampton news, Everton have intensified their interest in this Saints defender.