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.
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.
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.
Why Sims has a big future at Southampton
Sims has displayed the ability to operate on the right, on the left, or even in a more central role. This will be vital to his chances going forward.
Ability on the half-turn
Sims is one of the very few players in the Southampton squad who are adept at playing on the half-turn. This has been ingrained in his game since breaking through the ranks, and this quality will prove useful as Hasenhuttl prefers agile forwards.
Hasenhuttl’s style is based around quick transitions and clinical attacking moves on the break. Sims is perfectly-suited to this approach and has pace to burn.
Hasenhuttl is a hugely-gifted coach of young players, and Sims can benefit from this. He needs a manager who trusts him.