Scouting report: Southampton
Scouting report Fri 15 Dec 2017
Take a closer look at our opponents, ahead of our Stamford Bridge clash with Southampton...
Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentine was named as Southampton boss in June, taking over from Claude Puel, and has made a steady start to life on the south coast. The Saints are in mid-table heading into the game, although were comfortably beaten last time out by Leicester. Pellegrino has also had spells in charge of Valencia and Alaves in La Liga, whilst spent a brief time as a player in the Premier League with Liverpool under Rafa Benitez.
Fraser Forster. The stopper is a consistent performer for the Saints and has kept four clean sheets so far this season, whilst also making a number of fine saves in recent games. The England international joined Southampton from Celtic in 2014, after a hugely successful spell in Scotland, and has taken that form into his time on the south coast. The keeper also lifted the League One title earlier in his career, during a spell on loan with Norwich.
The Saints have only won one of their last six fixtures, although have had some tricky games in that time with clashes against Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal among others. Last time out there suffered a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Leicester, as Claude Puel made his return to St Mary’s. The head to Stamford Bridge safely in mid-table, in 11th position.
One to watch
Nathan Redmond. The winger is a real danger on the flanks for Southampton, with his pace and trickery causing problems for opposing defenders. The 23 year-old, who arrived from Norwich in 2016, was recently called up to the senior England side by Gareth Southgate following his impressive performances in a Saints shirt. The former Birmingham man is capable of playing on either side and likes to cut inside and shoot at goal from distance.
Worn both badges
Dennis Wise. Our former skipper took in a brief spell on the south coast with the Saints, making 11 appearances after joining them on a free transfer after leaving Millwall. He actually spent time as joint caretaker manager at the club, following the departure of Harry Redknapp, before leaving once George Burley was announced as the new permanent boss. Wise then moved on to Coventry before moving back into management with Swindon.