The Atheltic’s Dan Sheldon has stated that he feels Ibrahima Diallo should get a chance for Southampton with James Ward-Prowse now suspended.
With the scores at Stamford Bridge level last weekend, the Saints captain crashed into Jorginho and consequently got himself sent off. Not only did this result in his side losing the match to Chelsea 3-1, it also means Ward-Prowse will miss his club’s next three domestic matches (unless Southampton successfully appeal the ban).
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However, in light of the suspension, a new man will have to step into the middle of the park for Southampton, and Sheldon has claimed that Diallo ‘deserves the chance’.
When discussing the matter on the Total Saints podcast, the journalist was asked who should play in place of Ward-Prowse. He replied: “For me, Diallo [should step in]. I think if you’re going to put Stuart Armstrong in, you probably take out [Nathan] Redmond or someone else and put him further up the pitch.
“I think Diallo deserves the chance. He was good against Sheffield [United], he was good against Chelsea.
“I don’t think it’s too much of a debate.”
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As Ward-Prowse is the club captain, he will likely leave some big boots to fill during his suspension. Leeds United, Burnley and Chelsea all rest on the horizon for the south coast club – perhaps one of those games will afford Diallo the chance to impress.