Southampton captain Ryan Bertrand has been out of action since November with a back injury and is yet to feature under boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
But the 29-year-old defender has the potential to thrive in the manager’s 3-5-2 system at left wing-back and it will be intriguing to see him slot in.
Matt Targett has done a decent job at left-back during Hasenhuttl’s era so far and reinvented himself slightly at St Mary’s, but he’s still got his defensive vulnerabilities.
Bertrand should be able to provide a more solid defensive platform at full-back when he returns from his injury setback and make the team even stronger.
Bertrand is now back in training for the Saints, with Hasenhuttl claiming that he’s working on his “physical strength” before making his first-team comeback (Daily Echo).
The 19-time capped England international has been one of the club’s most consistent performers since he joined for £10million from Premier League club Chelsea in 2015 (Daily Mail).
He sets the perfect example with his defensive work, but it’s the attacking licence he will receive in Hasenhuttl’s system that should excite him.
Bertrand should be able to provide attacking support in the wing-back area and a much greater balance on the left flank.