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Hasenhuttl ‘happy’ with Minamino but blames ‘shape’ for their struggle

Tue 16 March 2021 | 17:13

The Saints boss believes the Liverpool loanee has been struggling with inconsistency but admits that he still hopes to see more goals coming from him.

Since leaving

Liverpool

to join

Southampton

on a loan,

Takumi Minamino

has been struggling to score more than two goals for the Saints, but Ralph Hasenhuttl insists that the blame should be put on all of them as a team.

The

Japan international

joined Hasenhuttl’s squad back in January after failing to secure a regular spot among Jurgen Klopp’s men, still, he’s yet to live up to his promised potential.

In Southampton’s recent defeat to

Brighton

, Minamino was the first player to be substituted on Hasenhuttl’s squad.

When asked about his decision, Hasenhuttl told

Hampshire Live

:

"It is difficult for him now because the team is not in the best shape.”

"He always shows his quality on the ball but he did not have the biggest impact on the game, this is why I chose to substitute him and bring a fresh player on for him."

"We must have a look. I am happy he is here. He has scored two important goals for us so far and hopefully, he does that a few more times."

Minamino’s first appearance for Southhampton ended with a goal against

Newcastle

and his second followed in their clash with

Chelsea

, but since then he has failed to find his way to the net.

Out of their 12 recent

Premier League

outings, Southampton have only won one game, but Minamino and his teammates still hope to see more of their team as they prepare for their Sunday clash  against

Bournemouth

in the FA Cup competition.

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