Southampton secured their Premier League survival on their last day of the season thanks to Swansea’s defeat home to Stoke City.
After a long hard disappointing season, a revolutionary turn in form under interim boss Mark Hughes was enough to ensure that the Saints will compete in the Premier League next season.
However, before we begin to look forwards, let’s take a look back at how the Saints players performed throughout the 2017/18 campaign.
We’ve rated the performances of the Southampton goalkeepers and defenders over the course of the campaign.
Southampton player ratings - 2017/18 season: Goalkeepers and defenders
Alex McCarthy - 10
Alex McCarthy has just been awarded the Fans’ Player of the Season award and it is clear to see why. Since making his way into the first team in late December ,McCarthy has been nothing short of world class.
His composure under pressure, ability to command his six yard box and his world class saves were a massive factor in Saints survival this season.
Fraser Forster - 4
Fraser Forster started the season in average form but quickly dropped to the poor standards we’ve seen from the England stopper since setting the club’s record for most consecutive minutes without conceding.
Failing to command his area and key errors,, with mixed poor distribution, have seen the England international warrant a low rating.
Cedric Soares - 6
The Euro 2016 winner hasn’t hit anywhere near the standards and heights he hit in the 2016/17 season.
He was below par for the majority of the season but since Mark Hughes took over, his form improved dramatically. Average rating for a mixed a season from the full-back.
Maya Yoshida - 6
Yoshida has been a great servant to the club since his arrival in 2012. Yoshida was rewarded with a new contract back in August and ever since then has been a steady member of the Saints backline.
Jack Stephens - 6
Jack Stephens has developed this season to become a good ball playing centre back. Questions are still there over his ability when the ball is in he air, but over the course of the season, he has been patient, composed and assured.
There’s more to come in the upcoming seasons from Stephens.
Wesley Hoedt - 4
Wesley Hoedt came in as the club’s most expensive centre back and made a decent start to his Saints career alongside Virgil Van Dijk, bar one mistake at Bournemouth away.
The second half of the season has been an utter catastrophe for the Dutchman. He’s looked nervy, lethargic, slow and error prone nearly every time he steps out in a Saints shirt. He needs to up his game massively next season.
Ryan Bertrand - 5
Looked like he couldn’t care less about the club most of the year. Stepped up when it counted, needs to get back to his best next season.
Jeremy Pied - 6
Jeremy Pied has been limited to a handful of appearances this season. Has looked like solid cover when he’s played but hasn’t really stood out.
Matt Targett - 6
Matt Targett performed well during his limited game time over the course of the first half of the season. He made the switch to Fulham in January, where he has been exceptional and helped them make the Championship play-off final.
Jan Bednarek - 7
Bednarek looked shaky in pre-season and for thus was only limited to a handful of cup appearances in the cup competitions until Jack Stephens’ red card away at Arsenal.
Since the,n Bednarek has come into the side and performed admirably, scoring on his debut, being composed and doing the simple things well. Needs to carry on improving but excellent foundations to start from.
Sam McQueen - 6
McQueen again is another who has had limited game time, but when he has played, he’s put a decent shift in.
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