Sam McQueen says he’s not looking too far ahead, as he looks to build on his first Premier League appearance for Southampton.
After being propelled into the first-team on Sunday in the win over Burnley, McQueen appears to head the race for the left-back slot for Thursday night’s trip to Internazionale, but the defender isn’t thinking about playing at the San Siro just yet.
“You plan ahead, but I’m always just looking at what’s in front of you and it's a case of just being ready if needed, so that’s what I’m focusing on now,” he said.
“Fitness is the main thing and getting in recovery to be ready if that is an option. I just want to be one hundred per cent ready to give everything again on Thursday if that is a possibility.”
McQueen not only helped shore up the defence over the weekend, he also had a hand in one of the Southampton goals, as he was brought down inside the area for Charlie Austin’s penalty midway through the second half.
“It was a penalty and it was a good pass from Dušan, which he’s always producing, so it was a chance to win the team a penalty and get a goal,” he said.
“I was thinking about shooting first-time and then I took the touch and felt the contact on me and maybe could have gone down a couple of steps earlier, but I wanted to stay up and try to take the shot to score a goal.”
The second half performance in that game is one that McQueen feels Saints can take on into their next fixture, as UEFA Europa League action returns for Saints in Italy.
“We’re happy with that,” he explained. “First half, we dominated possession and created a few chances, so we maybe should have been up at half-time, but we came out and did exactly the same second half, but probably kept the ball better and created even more chances and we could have won four, five, maybe six-nil.”