Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu believes that he suits the physically-demanding style that Ralph Hasenhuttl has implemented.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Spaniard discussed his return to the starting line-up following a period on the sidelines under the management of Mark Hughes.

Hasenhuttl’s appointment as the first team’s new boss has coincided with Romeu’s improved form, as the Austrian continues to depend upon him in the centre of midfield.

Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have been in and out of the team as a consequence of injuries and suspensions respectively, but the 27-year-old has been a mainstay under the new manager.

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Romeu believes that Hasenhuttl’s demand for energy and intensity is a perfect match for his qualities as a player. He said:

He wants us to play with passion and intensity and that is me. Having that passion, it brings the best out of me.

It is the same when I am training; I need to be connected to the session and every detail, and go away thinking about it and what needs to be done.

It is why I try to make the most out of every opportunity because I cannot just let things go past me without committing myself with everything.

The Southampton star will be hoping to return to the starting line-up in the team’s upcoming Premier League clash at Leicester City after he was rested in the recent 2-2 draw against Derby County in the FA Cup.