Yan Valery completed 90 minutes in the defeat to Liverpool on Friday night – and Southampton fans on Twitter offered a mixed response to his performance.
The 20-year-old mainly received praise for his spirited display against Reds attacker Sadio Mane, but there was some constructive criticism too on where he can improve.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were beaten 3-1 at St Mary’s in the Premier League despite Shane Long opening the scoring.
Liverpool scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn three points and leapfrog Manchester City to the top of the league table.
Valery has emerged as an exciting young talent for the Saints this campaign and managed to cement his spot in the starting XI.
The right-back is a speed machine that has shown he can be a real threat when joining in with the attack, but did find it difficult against a Liverpool team that dominated the ball.
He was put to the sword by the Liverpool frontline in his 19th senior appearance of the campaign and it would have been a great learning curve for him.
The French full-back has been a big favourite under Hasenhuttl and Southampton fans reacted to his latest performance.
Here are some Southampton fans on Valery’s contribution:
Valery has to attack the ball. Make Salah do the pass if necessary. Let him run straight through the middle. Shame cos defensively we were decent #saintsfc
— Sam Lane (@officialsamlane) April 5, 2019
Irony is #SaintsFC picked a team to play on the counter-attack but got beat by 2 breakaway goals. Real pace from their front 3. Valery improving every week but needs confidence to take-on his man when attacking.
— Simon Ryan (@simonryan80) April 5, 2019
An absolute phenomenal performance from the lads tonight.
Every player should be proud, we made an excellent Liverpool side look very average.
Hojbjerg was an animal, Valery kept Mane quiet. #SaintsFC
— Josh Richards (@JoshR1988) April 5, 2019
So glad Mané was kept out of the game today. Well played Valery #saintsfc
— TractorSaint (@SaintTractor) April 5, 2019
— Jasper Trader (@JaspTrader) April 6, 2019
I’m sorry was I watching a different game?? Thought Long was very poor. Didn’t run as much and didn’t press. Valery got Murdered by Mane and Kieta. Stood off far too much and showed too much respect. Said lots of times can’t play PEH & Romeo together
— scott fisher (@scottfi54648411) April 5, 2019
Yan Valery🔥🙌🏾 @yan_valery
— Lewis Ainebyona (@LewisAinebyona) April 5, 2019