Southampton head into the international break in high spirits after a sensational 2-1 win over Spurs last weekend, with two of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s young guns – Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse – both netting in consecutive games.
The faith placed in the more youthful Saints cohort has been a big part of Hasenhuttl’s relative success since being appointed in December, with Josh Sims the latest player to benefit.
The 21-year-old, who had disappeared into obscurity despite bursting onto the scene two years ago, was excellent after coming off the bench against Tottenham and looked very dangerous.
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Now, the boss has had his say on the attacker’s performance, lauding his aggression and decision-making – two things essential from each player if the Saints are to evade the drop.
With the aforementioned Valery and Ward-Prowse flourishing in the starting XI, could Sims become a regular starter in the coming weeks or perhaps next season?
The St Mary’s Stadium faithful certainly seem to think so, as they responded to Hasenhuttl’s comments on Twitter – you can find the best of the reaction plus what the Austrian said below…
More of him please
— Tanmay (@foreversaint__) March 13, 2019
Well Done Josh, your introduction for the second half along with Ralph’s words made a massive difference towards a vital win. Nice to see you back in the first team where we hope to see you feature more regularly.
— Steve Jarvis (@SteveJarvisSFC7) March 14, 2019
It was overdue ! ✅
— Paul Stewart Gallery ?⬛️?⬜️ (@pstewartgallery) March 14, 2019
agree! sims certainly turned the game around in midfield and was dangerous in the attack with his great challenges.
— Riku Porvari (@PorvariRiku) March 13, 2019
Awesome new talent great player in the making. C. O. Y. R.
— Gordon Thomas (@gordoniow) March 13, 2019
Well let’s see him in the starting line up more often then.
— Darren lillywhite (@dazzer30) March 13, 2019
We need to see him start more! Always hungry to attack and has great vision.
— TechnicallyLew (@TechnicallyLew) March 13, 2019
Loved seeing him back. Made a huge impact!
— John Robert (@_johnrlee) March 13, 2019
Good to have some pace in there.
— Flynnboss (@mattflynn75) March 13, 2019