Southampton moved themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.
A number of Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to react to Jan Bednarek’s performance during the Saints’s hugely important win against Fulham that has lifted Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men out of the bottom three in the Premier League.
Despite having less of the ball than the visitors, Southampton managed to largely put the game to bed during the first-half at St Mary’s. Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse made the scoreline 2-0 before the break, and the Cottagers were unable to get themselves a lifeline.
The Saints’s position is still precarious. Hasenhuttl’s men are now just two points above the relegation zone – but there is no question that the current boss is getting some excellent performances out of some of his players.
And one of those who looks almost transformed under Hasenhuttl is Bednarek. The 22-year-old barely featured during Mark Hughes’s tenure, but has become a key man in the new regime.
And the Southampton supporters on social media believe that Hasenhuttl is producing a masterstroke with the centre-back as he continues to impress now he has a more prominent role.
There was more than one comparison with Paolo Maldini after the win against Fulham. Bednarek clearly has an incredibly long way to go before he is near that level, but there is no question that he is silencing a lot of his critics and probably proving a big point to his former boss.
Here is what some of the fans made of the Poland international’s display…
Ward-Prowse, Bednarek & Valery outstanding this evening #saintsfc— Nick Talliadoros (@nicktalli) February 27, 2019
How hasenhuttl has turned bednarek into prime Maldini is beyond me #SaintsFC— galps (@ry_angalpin) February 27, 2019
Jan Bednarek is a mixture of Inspector Gadget and Paulo Maldini. Developing brilliantly, unnasumingly and nicely under the radar. Can we clone him please. #SaintsFC— Ralph’s Revolution (@saintbannerman) February 27, 2019
who was it that deflected babel’s shot onto the bar earlier? pretty sure it was bednarek. how many blocks does that guy make? still blows my mind that he never even made the bench under mark hughes— Karl (@ObscureThing77) February 27, 2019
Delighted with that. The experience of the older players showed there. To top it off, JWP was absolutely tireless and Bednarek is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. #SaintsFC— Saint Anon (@saint_anon) February 27, 2019
Also says a lot that Bednarek went unnoticed because he makes the game look easy #saintsfc— Andy Robinson (@saintandy7) February 27, 2019
Remember when we paid £18m for Hoedt and kept playing him over Bednarek? #Saintsfc— Matt LC (@spaceinvader810) February 27, 2019
Jannik Vestergaard and Jan Bednarek are the future Svensson and Lundekvam and nobody can tell me any different. #SaintsFC— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) February 28, 2019