18 July 2024

Will Smallbone: Southampton midfielder's injury 'worse' than expected, says  Russell Martin - BBC Sport

They currently sit 4th out of 6th in with just three points to their name from six games, and now a nine-point gap between themselves and Greece in the final qualifying spot. their group

But despite their struggles in this qualifying campaign and on Friday night too, Southampton man Will Smallbone has been a slight positive for the nation.

He started the game on Friday and put in a decent performance despite an overall poor performance from his side.

And after the game, Irish outlet Balls.ie rated Smallbone’s performance a 6/10, but reporter Gary Connaughton wrote positively about Smallbone’s involvement on the whole, adding:

“Came very close to opening the scoring inside five minutes, with his effort from the edge of the box well saved by the Greek goalkeeper. Smallbone showed some nice touches at times, producing some eye-catching first time layoffs to teammates.

“The Southampton man was arguably the most creative player in the side on the night, even if that had little impact on the final result. It was strange to see him taken off with 20 minutes to go.”

Smallbone has featured nine times in the Championship for Southampton this season, scoring once. His side have struggled on the whole though and currently sit in 10th place of the table after the opening 11 games.

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