Date: 12th September 2012 at 10:28am
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has backed Patrice Evra to see off the threat of Alexander Buttner, after the left back was brought in this summer to provide competition.

It is widely thought that Evra has somewhat been on the wane in recent seasons with mistakes creeping into his game, his slip allowed Southampton to get their second in our 3-2 win 2 weeks ago.

With out on loan and left back not being the natural positions of and Robbie Brady, took steps to bring in some real cover for Evra in the form of Vitesse Arnhem’s but whilst his arrival places Evra’s place in the starting XI under threat, Albiston believe’s Evra still has enough to see off the challenge as he told the MEN:

“No matter how great a servant Patrice has been,  everyone knows doesn’t pick his team on sentiment. He may well have made the position his own but if his form doesn’t return then there is a chance Buttner could get a go.

“But I still think the new guy will have to be very patient because, even though it still hasn’t been a great start to the season by Patrice, I think he will find his level again.

“Buttner is for the future and Patrice is still the man for the present.”

The full interview can be read here as Albiston speaks on how 2010 and the incident will have affected the French left back.