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.
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.