Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said defender Wesley Hoedt is free to find himself a new club in his pre-match press conference on Thursday. [H/T Sky Sports]
Hoedt, who has six caps for the Netherlands, signed for Saints from Lazio in the 2017 summer transfer window for a reported fee of £15 million.
However, he has not played a game under Hasenhuttl - despite being a regular under former Saints manager Mark Hughes.
“Nearly every player [has] played a game until now but he didn’t. It’s difficult,” Hasenhuttl told the press.
”I made a decision for (Jannik) Vestergaard, Jack Stephens at Derby. I think Jack will take the part of Maya Yoshida who is gone for one month.”
Hoedt’s former Southampton colleagues Manolo Gabbiadini and Steven Davis have moved on from the club after finding playing time hard to come by, and Hasenhuttl says Hoedt should follow their lead.
”Yeah, it’s not the best for Wesley, that’s right. It’s the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it’s better for them.
”For Wesley it can be the same. We don’t send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it.”