Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has been speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel following his return from international duty.
The Japanese centre-back has been competing in the Asian Cup but following his country’s elimination he has returned to St Mary’s as his side look to maintain their outstanding form.
Ronald Koeman’s side are currently fourth in the table, with their next match against Swansea City on Sunday, and Yoshida is hoping to get back involved with a side he has been keeping track of from afar.
“The positive thing is that I will not miss any more Saints games and that is good,” Yoshida said.
“I was a little bit jealous when I was away because we won against Manchester United and Newcastle United away.”
Reflecting on the 12 appearances he has made for Southampton already this season, Yoshida added, “It was a little bit of a pity to have to leave for the Asian Cup.”
But now he is back, with Southampton sure to need him in the weeks and months ahead despite the fine form of the players Koeman has had at his disposal in recent weeks.
Southampton’s upcoming matches mean they have the chance to prove once and for all that they can maintain their great form for an entire season, with home matches against Swansea and West Ham United book-ending an away clash against Queens Park Rangers.
So while Yoshida may have been jealous of the achievements of his teammates in his absence, he will soon get the chance to play a role in fresh memories and vital encounters.