Semmens masterclass: “Really exciting” gem can take Southampton to the next level – opinion

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11/7/2021 | 08:35pm

Southampton confirmed the signing of Romain Perraud recently and the attacking French left-back could change the way Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side set up next season.

Ligue 1 expert Adam White’s thoughts on the Perraud signing:

French football expert Adam White recently sat down with Football FanCast to give his exclusive thoughts on the Saints’ addition of Perraud, saying:

“He’s a very attacking player but also has the defensive acumen to back it up. One-on-one, he is very good defensively, his positioning is very good and he is also very good technically.

“In theory, Southampton’s style of play will suit him. I think he is a really exciting player.

“I really like him as a player and he has a pretty unique skill-set. It’s a big step up but I’d back him to make it.”

Will Southampton need to change tactics?





Will Southampton change the way they play?

Last season saw Southampton predominantly set up in a 4-2-2-2 system with Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters at left-back and right-back.

Usually, we would see the former Spurs man bombing forward down the right in order to support the attack, whilst Bertrand would often be a lot more conservative and form a three-man defence when Saints were in possession.

After the 31-year-old opted to leave Southampton this summer when his contract expired, a replacement was always going to be necessary, but Perraud seems like a very different player to his predecessor.

As White suggests, he is extremely attacking, as he registered three goals and seven assists in Ligue 1 last season, whereas Bertrand managed no goals and one assist in the Premier League.

If Perraud is better going forward than Walker-Peters, perhaps we will see a switch with the Englishman playing a more conservative role, as you feel that if Southampton send them both forward, then they could find themselves even more vulnerable to counterattacks.

After conceding the second-most goals in the Premier League last season, Hasenhuttl will want his side to be a lot more defensively sound next season, so given Perraud’s ability in attack, it seems clear that a tactical change will be necessary.

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Hopefully, if Southampton’s full-backs can get forward a lot more and contribute with more goals and assists, it could really take them to the next level for the 2021/22 campaign.

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