Ruben Selles: Southampton need to adapt more to what Paul Onuachu needs
Southampton gaffer, Ruben Selles says the team needs to involve Paul Onuachu more and adapts more to what the Nigerian needs.
The former KRC Genk forward has had an underwhelming start to his time at Southampton with no goals in his six appearances.
The 6ft 7ins Nigerian has had five shots at goal in his six appearances, but has only started three times in the Premier League for since his arrival.
“Paul [Onuachu] as you can see is a very special and very specific player. He did well when I took the team against Chelsea. For the Leeds game, the whole team was not performing well,” he said.
“I think Paul has his chances to play, like any other player. He is training well, he is a good boy and of course, if Che [Adams] is not fit enough, he has the chance to play, from the beginning or coming into the pitch during the game [against West Ham].
“I think he is a player who changes the dynamic of the game. You saw against Manchester United, immediately when we put him in and then [Manchester United boss] Erik [ten Hag] changed his defence and put Harry Maguire because they knew we had a more direct approach.
“We have to introduce him in a way that can be a benefit for us, not being more chaotic if he steps into the pitch. It is the team that needs to adapt a little bit more to what Paul Onuachu needs when we are playing,’ Selles said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game at West Ham.