James Ward-Prowse says he is enjoying the number of games Southampton are involved in this season across all competitions.
Confidence drawn from an unbeaten run spanning six games, with the majority of the squad tasting action in that time, is clear to see.
And despite an unrelenting schedule, Ward-Prowse, who helped England Under-21s to qualification with a 1-0 over Kazakhstan, says games coming thick and fast is a help rather than a hindrance when you have gathered momentum.
He said: “The run has given us a lot of confidence. There has been a lot of squad rotation and everyone has come in and done really well, so there are a lot of positive signs and hopefully we can carry on this momentum.
“Mentally it is positive because you are eager for the next game. It is going to be a tough few games coming up with some long trips, so I think these wins can obviously help that as well.
“It is obviously a bit of a different season with the volume of games so there are a lot of changes but the detail we have been working to has been very important.
“This is the perks of being an international player.”
Ward-Prowse netted his first goal from open play in the emphatic win over West Ham United at London Stadium, something which he is hoping to add to his game as the campaign progresses.
He added: “It was nice to finally get it. I’ve had a bit of stick from a few of the members of staff and the lads but it was great to get that first goal from open play and hopefully I can add a few more to my game.”