Che Adams loses place in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starting eleven with Minamino preferred

Che Adams loses place in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starting eleven with Minamino preferred

Hasenhuttl hails special Minamino

Southampton secured the deadline day acquisition of Takumi Minamino from Liverpool last week, on loan until the end of the season. And Saints head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was exceptionally pleased with the piece of business the club had done:

“I spoke with Jurgen (Klopp) – he said he didn’t have the chance to give him enough time to play,” Hasenhuttl said. “I’m sure when he played, he did good games and scored a few goals.”

“He’s a very special player for me not because of his physical strength but more of his way of playing football. He is very quick in his mind, has good decision-making, knows about our pressing style and hopefully a lot of running.”

“He knows when you come to me you have to run a lot but that’s not a problem for him. He didn’t play a lot in the past games so he’ll also need time to step up but we had a good experience with Theo (Walcott) where he helped us immediately and hopefully he does the same.”

The 26-year old’s arrival, though, has led to questions regarding other members of Southampton’s squad, which are now seemingly being answered in the form of the Austrian head coach’s team selection.

Adams lack of goals costs place

The faith which Hasenhuttl has shown in Minamino means that forward Che Adams has now dropped to the bench, with the Japanese international starting against Wolves in a key clash between the clubs.

The Southampton boss was asked about the goal drought which Adams has been experiencing since a 3-0 win over Sheffield United more than 10 games ago.

“Like all the other players, I’ve seen him better, for sure,” Hasenhuttl explained to the Daily Echo. “We miss the goals from him and from Ingsy (Danny Ings) at the moment. This is a little bit of a problem.

“Sometimes when we have chances, we cannot finalise. But it’s all about believing in what you are doing, working on your decision-making and don’t struggle too much about ‘what if I don’t find the target?’

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Che Adams of Southampton celebrates with teammates Jannik Vestergaard, Danny Ings and Theo Walcott after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sheffield United at St Mary's Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Southampton, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Che Adams of Southampton celebrates with teammates Jannik Vestergaard, Danny Ings and Theo Walcott after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sheffield United at St Mary’s Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Southampton, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

It seems that the former RB Leipzig boss has sympathy for his striker, based on his latest comments.

“It’s always a problem for a striker when he doesn’t score. I remember I also had some parts in my career where I couldn’t find the goal.”

“But then suddenly you don’t think about it and you score every game, so it’s crazy.”

Yet Adams’ absence from the Saints’ starting line-up again on Sunday suggests that Hasenhuttl could be looking to Minamino to be his ‘goal-getter’, until the end of the season at least.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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