Adam Lallana praised the long-standing relationship shared between him and Saints supporters after being crowned the Fans’ Player of the Season.
The skipper scooped the last award of the evening, which was sponsored by Verteda, after accumulating the highest amount of votes via our online poll on saintsfc.co.uk.
The final three were polled as follows:
3rd: Jack Cork (4.84%)
2nd: Jay Rodriguez (22.23%)
1st: Adam Lallana (58.66%)
After collecting his fourth prize of the night, Lallana shared his view that it’s capped off another wonderful year in an ongoing journey with the Club that holds so much significance to him.
“It’s a massive achievement,” the 25-year-old enthused. “I’ve got a great relationship with the fans that’s been built over the last eight years I’ve been playing for the First Team.
“It’s a remarkable journey I’ve been on with the Club and with the fans to gain promotion and what we’ve achieved this season. This is the icing on the cake and some of them I’m extremely proud of.
“It means the world to me as a club. I’ve been here since I was 12 [and] I’ve had some great memories here.
“I’ll always love the Club and I just want to keep progressing with the Club. I just hope we can make strides forward in the summer and just keep going from step-to-step and doing well.”
Following an admission that taking the armband was initially a slight burden, Lallana feels he’s grown into the role after helping Southampton to eighth in the Premier League this season.
The number-20 believes the transition has been eased by Mauricio Pochettino, who placed his faith in Lallana to lead the side into an era rich with attacking football that has impressed the nation.
“[Captaining the Club has] meant the world to me,” Adam explained. “I was very shocked to be named captain when it happened. It’s no secret that I’ve probably found it quite tough at times adjusting to life as a captain in the Premiership.
“There are a few people out there who I’ve had conversations with about it – the gaffer being one of those and he just said to me that it might take time to get used to it.
“I felt like this is the season where I’ve thrived off it and the responsibility and I don’t think about it now. I just be myself and if that’s enough and the lads are happy with it then I’m happy.
“He (Mauricio Pochettino) has been massive for the way we play and the way the lads buy into the way we want to go out into games and play. We’re not scared going to the top four. We impose ourselves on the games and that’s through him and his team and how they want us to play our style of football.”