Claude Puel felt youngster Sam McQueen grew in confidence as the game went on during the 3-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday.
McQueen replaced the injured Matt Targett on 14 minutes against the Clarets and gave an accomplished display on his Premier League bow.
The 21-year-old was also felled in the box by Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the second-half after latching on to Dušan Tadić’s pass.
“He was little afraid in the first-half but after he took confidence and he produced a very good performance,” said Puel.
“It was interesting with his left foot because he’s a technical player and can give good crosses for the striker.
“For the first game, it was a very good one.”