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Maya Yoshida | Defensemen

Team: Southampton
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 172

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Ronald Koeman shook his formation up in an effort to snap a four game losing streak in league play and the plan paid off as Maya Yoshida scored a goal and helped keep a clean sheet in an impressive 3-0 drubbing of Everton.
With a rash of injuries in central midfield, Koeman was almost forced into playing Yoshida with Toby Alderweireld and Jose Fonte at centerback and allowing Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne to play higher up as wingbacks because there are so many central midfielders either injured or suspended. The Saints were fortunate to have a Romelu Lukaku own goal give them all they needed to win in the first half, but they put the game to bed in the 2nd as Graziano Pelle notched his eighth goal of the season and with time running out, Yoshida scored with more of a shoulder than an outright header, but he will take it. A huge haul for him for the two people in the world that may have played him. Considering the positive result, we may see more 5-3-2 from Southampton, further increasing the attraction of Bertrand and Clyne. Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:18:00 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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