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Southampton should drop Jack Stephens against Cardiff due to Maya Yoshida return

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Southampton should drop Jack Stephens against Cardiff due to Maya Yoshida return

Southampton host Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon at St Mary’s and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a huge selection headache when it comes to his starting XI.

The Saints know a victory will help them extend their two-point gap over the relegation places and ultimately they want to continue climbing the league table.

Hasenhuttl has a dilemma when it comes to his defence, as Maya Yoshida is back in contention (official website) after returning from the Asian Cup.

The 30-year-old helped Japan to runners-up in the competition and the centre-back should come back into the three-man defence.

 

He’s an experienced leader that has proven to be a consistent performer at St Mary’s in recent times and can improve the team.

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But that means dropping one of the three current starting centre-backs and Jack Stephens should be the unfortunate player to be axed.

The 25-year-old has started the last four consecutive league games for the Saints and there have been signs of improvement.

But he’s still vulnerable to a mistake and did give away a late penalty in the 1-1 draw to Burnley in the last match.

Stephens certainly has the potential to improve under Hasenhuttl, but the Southampton boss needs to field his best XI against Cardiff.

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