If Saints fans were worried about what the transition would be like under Mauricio Pochettino then they needn’t have been, because they have been playing well despite teetering just above the bottom three.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been an ever present in the side this season and he’s just started to hit a run of form, which he may not be getting the credit for that he deserves.
Schneiderlin is an extremely fit and consistent player who the Saints need to carry on playing well over the rest of the season if they are to pick up those vital 13 points which will guarantee their Premier League status.
Schneiderlin is so effective in the current team because he just does the basics very well and gives the manager no reason to leave him out.
Reliability and consistency is everything for any side that is trying to fight off the threat of relegation and Schneiderlin has carried the midfield in recent matches.
His stats this season have been very impressive for someone with little experience of top flight football; 26 starts, four goals and seven yellow cards.
He is one of the best in the league at the moment when it comes to sitting in the middle, reading the play and picking off the threat in an opposition attack. In fact he tops the Premier League in both interceptions and tackling. Very impresive for a player just 23-years-old.
His seven yellows do suggest that his discipline could use a little bit of work but he has a bit of a cushion from ten, which is the next level that a suspension will kick in at.
He’s scored two of his goals in the club’s last three games which suggests that he’s slowly working his way into better and more attacking positions.
This is very significant because Southampton need everyone to chip in over the rest of the season, they can’t just rely on the strikers to score the goals, which will get them out of trouble.
Schneiderlin is at a very good club but if he was at a higher profile club, he may be held in higher regard than he currently is but he’s one of the in form Premier League midfielders.
If he keeps it up, the Saints may even have a problem trying to hang onto him at the end of the season.
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