The gloom around Southampton has turned into a nervous optimism ahead of the final games of the season.
Escape from relegation doesn’t seem impossible and whilst fans will be trying to stay calm and prepare for the worst, these are the days when football takes over a part of the stomach and turns it into a knot.
It’s also an exciting time for Jan Bednarek. Joining Southampton in the summer transfer window, the defender made his Premier League debut against Chelsea last month and scored a goal.
That, and Bednarek’s subsequent inclusions, has gained attention in Poland.
Fakt is one of the major daily newspapers in Poland and they report Bednarek has now earned himself a place in the 35 man extended squad for the World Cup. His hard work in silence has been noted, and there’s a pleasure at him now getting some time on the pitch for Southampton.
That the 22 year old has been able to withstand the huge pressure at his club is another tick for Fakt, and they state, as fact, that he’ll be in that squad.
Bednarek has ‘accelerated like a Ferrari’ at the end of this season, explains the Polish newspaper, and is clearly gaining new fans.