Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 11.
Re-energised by a move back to his first club from Everton, Walcott operated on the right wing in his first two outings.
Walcott's impact v Chelsea
In his five starts, Saints have scored 12 goals with Walcott producing some sharp individual displays.
His pace and direct approach could now trouble Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.
Southampton attacking stats per 90
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During Southampton's last away match, a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Walcott's clever darts in behind the home defence caused major problems.
In each match he has started for Saints, Walcott has regularly got into dangerous shooting positions.
Indeed, he is actually firing off more efforts on goal per 90 minutes than Ings.
Walcott's ability to draw fouls is also a useful asset as it enables James Ward-Prowse to provide quality deliveries from set-pieces.
Brighton must try not to dive in on him during this south-coast derby.
High press pays off
Although Walcott is not as quick as he used to be – Nathan Tella and Adams have clocked faster speeds this term – his game is still built around exploding into life on counters and turnovers.
For this reason he is a perfect fit to shine in Hasenhuttl’s side.
Saints are statistically the second-best pressing side in the top flight, just behind Leeds United.
They allow only 10.9 passes before completing a defensive action inside the opposition’s defensive or middle third or PPDA (Opposition Passes Allowed per Defensive Action) – an impressive stat.
Teams who press best
Winning the ball back in good areas, Walcott makes early runs for team-mates before the opposition can reset defensively.
On the front foot
Walcott is also benefiting from Hasenhuttl’s positive style.
In a 4-4-2 the Southampton head coach encourages his midfielders and defenders to look for the forward pass as often as possible, and this suits Walcott.
The earlier he receives passes that push opponents back, the more dangerous he is.
Slow build-up play is not conducive to exploiting his strengths.
Top forward-passing teams
Walcott will play on the shoulder of Brighton’s widest central defenders and want passes to be played into space.
He still has plenty to offer at Premier League level, as his successful loan spell continues to prove.