Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has singled out Josh Sims for praise following his impact in the team’s 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The winger started for the first time in the Premier League this season on Saturday as the Saints pulled further away from the relegation zone. 

Sims set up Nathan Redmond’s goal in the opening minutes of the match before playing a part in the 25-year-old’s second of the afternoon, as he found Danny Ings, who threaded the ball through to the England international. 

Hasenhuttl brought Sims into the team in place of Oriol Romeu as he favoured a more attacking approach against Wolves and it paid dividends, as Southampton moved eight points clear of Cardiff City in 18th place. 

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Speaking after the match, as quoted by BT Sport, the Saints boss lavished praise on the academy graduate and stated that he is a perfect fit for the system he is implementing at the club. 

Hasenhuttl said: 

It seems that he had to have some time to impress me, and he’s shown me the qualities I need for my game. So then I don’t care if he was a young player or if he was on loan or something like that.

He had a chance to score and so that’s something else for him to keep working on, his finishing. But I think the system’s perfect for him.

And he’s not so easy to defend, because he’s small, quick and has good movement. I wanted to give him the chance to play.

It was really a very difficult decision to leave Oriol out because he has played three fantastic games.

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