Press conference round-up: Wolves

By SFC Media time Thu 16 Jan Saints v Wolves
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Take in the main points of discussion from Ralph Hasenhüttl press conference on Thursday as Southampton prepare to host Wolves in the Premier League.

On team news…

“We don’t have any injuries. Yan Valery is still a little bit ill with his viral infection but it’s starting to look better now.

“At the end of January, he should be able to step into the sessions again. The rest are all fit.”

On transfers…

“It’s not long ago that I said it’s important to bring somebody in, but the way the team has played in the last weeks, I wouldn’t say it’s changed my mind, but we have to be very careful with what we do.

“We have to think about how we do it because I think the team deserves credit for the very good job they are doing.

“Also, the young guys who we gave a chance to in the FA Cup showed that their development has gone quicker than we thought.

“If we bring somebody in, then we must be sure it won’t block their development because this is the main way we want to go in Southampton. We want to develop the young players.

“We don’t do anything just because we have to do something. When we want to bring a player in then it really has to make sense."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus on January 16, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

On Ings for England…

“The good thing is that I don’t have to decide.

“I think if one player from my squad deserves it then it’s him. He has done a marvellous job in the last weeks and the whole season.

“He has scored unbelievable goals and important goals for us and this is the best Danny Ings we have ever seen.

“If you want to pick him, it wouldn’t be the worst moment.”

On Ings’s mentality…

“Like all the players, it’s important for them to be fit because of the high workload.

“At the moment, he looks in really good shape and can work for 90 minutes or longer which gives me a good feeling.

“We don’t have to put him in every game and we rested him once against Chelsea and he has played the rest of the games.

“It didn’t seem that he was struggling with all those games we played at Christmas.”

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On final league position…

“If you asked me one month ago I would say, ‘If we are above the line, I’d be the happiest man in the world’.

“Now, three weeks later, it looks a little bit different. But I’m not looking to the end of the season.

“The good thing is that we took a lot of points against the big teams and that doesn’t mean against the teams lower in the table that it will be easier for us.

“Every team you play you have to find the right game plan and the right mentality. This will be continuing until the end of the season.

“The good thing at the moment is that we are not playing like a relegated team, we are playing like a good team.

“It’s enjoyable to watch the guys working on the pitch and the atmosphere is gorgeous at the moment. If you are around the team, everybody feels important, even if I can only put 18 in the squad.

“Everybody feels part of our development and if they are successful, they will be seen.”


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