Southampton boss Adkins pleased with Maya Yoshida debut in Arsenal thrashing

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins felt Maya Yoshida can be proud of his debut in their thrashing at Arsenal.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins felt Maya Yoshida can be proud of his debut in their thrashing at Arsenal.

Southampton's task was made all the more difficult at 2-0 down after Jos Hooiveld went off injured, forcing Adkins to hand new signing Yoshida his debut in the 28th minute.

"We lost Hooiveld after a period of time with a calf injury," Adkins said. "We'll have to see how serious it is.

"Maya has only had one training session with us. He has just been to Japan and he was thrown right in at the deep end.

"I think he did ever so well as he grew into the game but it is not easy as he has got to know his team-mates."

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