Martin suggests he will make two changes in Southampton selection hint

MANAGER Russell Martin has hinted that he will make two changes to his Saints team against West Brom, one of which will be forced.

The Saints are unbeaten in seven Championship games and named an unchanged lineup in their previous victory over Millwall.

However, defender Jan Bednarek is set to miss the Baggies game due to suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card at the Den.

He will be replaced by Mason Holgate or Shea Charles, most likely the former, but Martin has hinted at one more change to his starting lineup.

 

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“Obviously, there will be a couple of changes to the team tomorrow,” Martin said. One is mandatory, while the other is optional.

“We have tried a few different things to┬áprepare as well as we possibly can, with the focus being on us, but West Brom are a really good team with a good coach.

“It’s been a good week and the feeling is good around here at the moment. To see the players take real pride in what they’re doing that can only come when the results are positive.

“I always enjoy the free weeks when we really have time to work. There’s been extra work managing players who really need it and managing others who have played a lot.”

“I’m disappointed Jan is out as he’s been such a big player for us,” the manager said of Bednarek, “but whenever anyone misses a game for any reason, it’s an opportunity for another player.”

“Mason Holgate came in against Preston and did extremely well for Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and if he or Shea Charles or whoever comes in tomorrow, they’ll have another opportunity to do extremely well.”

“I’m confident that whoever steps in will be fine. We’ve reached a point where I truly believe that if one or two people need to leave, we can fill the void fairly seamlessly and smoothly.”

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