Steep learning curve for Jack... lost Carroll and looked off the pace yesterday. We'll know a bit more about him by the end of he season and whether he can hack it or not. He's very much learning on the job.
Simply not good enough yet
Sam Gallagher is a create example. Players need to do their apprenticeship. You can't become world class over night.
He will have learnt from playing against Carroll. He will be better equipped, but he needs a lot more experience.
Ibrahimovic will teach him a lesson in the league cup. I hope he's ready. Lady Luck may need to play a major part.
In any case, Stephens moves pretty well - far better than Fonte ever did - and has shown enough mobility to do a job at right back too.
His reaction to danger might be slow - as evidenced with West Ham's first goal yesterday (not that the more experienced Yoshida reacted any better) - but I don't think Stephens' pace is going to be the attribute that makes or breaks him at this level.
I thought he did all right yesterday - certainly not the worst player in a Saints shirt, in spite of being the least experienced.