The Saints posted quotes from the 19-year-old alongside the question “what next” for him, but some fans’ responses were on the cynical side.
Southampton may have slid into the Premier League relegation zone following their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Cardiff City but there was some solace in the performance of one particular player.
Despite being just 19, right-back Yan Valery has impressed in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad, to the point that the manager felt he could let Cedric Soares leave the club, which the Portuguese did by joining Inter Milan on loan.
The Saints were not at their best against the Bluebirds but Valery held his own well and could have even scored a stunning goal, were it not for the intervention of opposition goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, whose trailing leg kept the teenager’s effort out.
On Monday, Southampton’s official Twitter account posted quotes by Valery, who outlined what his personal goals are for the remainder of the season – namely making more starts for Hasenhuttl and improving as a player:
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What next for @yan_valery? 😇
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 11, 2019
That said, considering Southampton have picked up just two points from their last three Premier League games, and against opposition they would have fancied their chances against – Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff – there didn’t seem to be that much room for optimism among the Saints fanbase.
Some fans took to Twitter and gave their replies, with responses to the club’s “what next for Yan Valery” question along the lines of Championship football or even a move to Liverpool:
Being totally cynical he will make the club millions in the future but till then I’ll enjoy watching him play for #saintsfc – such a quality player – just gets better with every game
— Saint Foo Fighter (@SaintFooFighter) February 11, 2019
I prefer Cedric!
But he's on loan right now!
— Gustavo Teixeira (@Gustavo92888548) February 11, 2019
Probably a move to Liverpool am I right 😂😅🤷🏻♂️🏴⚪️👁🗨😉👁🗨🍁😅😉‼️👍🏻🤣☺️😂🙃🙃👁🗨😍❤️❗️😅🏴🤢🤢😉👁🗨👁🗨🔐
— Eli (@Eliassfc_) February 11, 2019
Could be more than 1
— AMELIA D O AUSTIN (@AMELIADOAUSTIN1) February 12, 2019
If he keeps improving, Liverpool in the summer…..of course, it's a business after all…🤨
— Wsmman (@wsmruss) February 12, 2019
Pretty much the only positive to come out of that Cardiff game. #SaintsFC
— Sean Dadson (@sparkysaintsean) February 11, 2019