Southampton slipped to their sixth successive defeat in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Wolves picked up a 2-1 win at St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were impressive in the first half and led 1-0 after a superb volley from Danny Ings but were outplayed by the away side in the second 45, with the Old Gold claiming three points after a penalty from Ruben Neves and an excellent finish from Pedro Neto.
One man who will be disappointed with his performance for Southampton is Takumi Minamino.
The Japanese international missed the FA Cup game in midweek as he was cup-tied but was restored to Hasenhuttl’s starting line-up slide for the game at St Mary’s, having scored on his debut in the 3-2 defeat against Newcastle.
However, he struggled to have any real impact on the game and was substituted just after the hour mark, with Moussa Djenepo replacing him.
Was Minamino poor vs Wolves?
As per SofaScore, Minamino would earn a disappointing 6.4 match rating, with only Ryan Bertrand rated lower of the Saints outfield players after he, rather harshly, gave away the penalty.
During his time on the pitch, the winger would have just 27 touches of the ball, and would only complete 13/20 of his passes, resulting in a less than impressive 65% pass accuracy.
Saints ‘keeper Alex McCarthy, meanwhile, would have 39 touches and complete 20 passes, which emphasises just how little impact Minamino was able to have on the game.
On the rare occasions the 26-year-old did have the ball in promising positions, he was wasteful with it, as both of his long balls failed to find a Southampton shirt, whilst neither of his two crosses were accurate.
For comparison, Wolves’ left-winger Neto was involved throughout the game, played three key passes compared to Minamino’s none, registered a much better pass accuracy and earned a solid 7.0 match rating.
Therefore, it seems clear that Minamino was nowhere near his best against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, as he produced a largely anonymous display and Hasenhuttl will surely be fuming that his new signing had so little impact on the game.
And, in other news… Southampton should swoop for 20 y/o wonderkid, he’s better than Djenepo