Alex McCarthy feels the rotation policy used by Claude Puel has been a major factor in Southampton’s recent form.
McCarthy has been patiently waiting in the wings behind Fraser Forster, making his solitary appearance in the EFL Cup against his former employers Crystal Palace.
With Saints still competing on all fronts though, suffering just one defeat in the last nine games, McCarthy feels the jostling for positions has only served to enhance the competitive edge to the group.
He said: “With the amount of games, the manager is going to have to rotate the squad. For the games he has done that, the lads that have come in have done well.
“It’s nice to know that everyone is fighting for their position here and everyone in the squad is capable of playing.
“It’s a good thing for the manager to have and I think that’s why our results have been so good lately.
“I’ve been really impressed. With the facilities and the togetherness it’s a great club to be involved with.”