Jan Bednarek has signed a new four and a half year extension with Southampton.
The Polish International signed from Lech Poznań for a reported £5m in the summer of 2017. The ever so reliant centre-half made his Premier League debut against Chelsea, scoring in front of the Chapel stand in August 2018 and the rest has been history. Bednarek has made 79 appearances in red and white.
Bednarek is keen on developing further:
Bednarek told the club website “I think it is the next step in my development. I feel like this is the right place for me at the moment, and I can really enjoy my time here.”
“I still see myself as a player who can improve a lot at this place, so there was only one decision for me to sign a new contract and help Southampton to become a better club”
Southampton’s number 35, Bednarek, has proven to be a shrewd purchase at £5m. A truly wonderful acquisition from Southampton. The reputation and model of the club has always been to develop young players into world beaters as seen in the past with the likes of Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk. Unsurprisingly, the defensive ace has attracted interest from clubs across Europe after continuous fine performances at the back and was further rewarded with a place in Poland’s starting 11, as well as netting in the 2018 World Cup.
Bednarek has certainly not disappointed since his arrival, becoming the first name on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team sheet. Hasenhuttl clearly sees Bednarek as a player to build his team around, having a significant impact towards the short and long-term future.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with Bednarek’s commitment:
“I am very happy that Jan extended his contract. He is a Southampton player but he is also still young wit a lot of potential, so it is good for us to strengthen our commitment with him”
“He is a good example of someone who has worked hard to establish himself with us and I think he can continue to improve here and be an important player for us in the future.”
Hasenhuttl’s influence on the young defender has been significantly important towards his development on and off the pitch. Bednarek caught the eye of the manager soon after Hasenhuttl’s arrival as the Polish international was rewarded with a start on his first game in management against Cardiff.
Bednarek told the club website “I have no idea how it happened that Hasenhuttl came and after a few days he was there to give me the chance to play against Cardiff.”
Hasenhuttl’s demands towards his players are extremely tough, with very high expectations. The manager’s drive and clear plan for the club has been a significant factor in Southampton’s success during his tenure. Bednarek has repayed the faith the manager has put in him from the beginning and is now thriving under the high demands, meeting them week in, week out. The defensive qualities Bednarek attains are on par with the best centre-backs in the league and if the fine string of performances continues, Bednarek could follow suit with the likes of Van Dijk, becoming the player the Southampton faithful know he can become.
Hasenhuttl has an array of young talent at his disposal, yet, Bednarek seems to shine the brightest with his performances. The new partnership with Jannick Vestergaard has been an outstanding one, keeping four clean sheets (The second highest in the league). A completely rejuvenated defence from last season where the number of goals conceded was concerning, to say the least. At only the age of 24, Bednarek has an old head on young shoulders with a bright future ahead. Hasenhuttl knows the heights Bednarek is capable of achieving; with the development, he has already made, it seems more and more likely for the potential to be fulfilled. The defensive ace looks like he will be an integral asset to Hasenhuttl’s short and long-term plans for the club.