Southampton defender Sam McQueen feels the club have one of the best managers in the Premier League in Claude Puel.
McQueen has made six appearances so far this season, four of which were starts, and impressed after making both his Premier League and European debuts.
And the 21-year-old Academy graduate is enjoying his time under the French boss’ stewardship after being thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks.
“I think he has to be up there with some of the best managers in the Premier League,” said McQueen.
“He’s worked fantastically to create a squad that can compete at the level that we want.
“He’s different to other mangers I’ve had in the past and I’ve enjoyed working with him and he is a really nice man too.
“We can dominate matches, which is impressive. He has brought a lot of positive things and the more we buy into his philosophy, the better things will be.”
As his career continues on an upward trajectory, McQueen still reflects on a loan spell with League One side Southend United as being key to his progression in adapting to the demands of first-team football so admirably in recent weeks.
He added: “I know a lot of people say a loan shows you’re not needed at the club you’re at but I learnt a lot about first team football, what I should and shouldn’t be doing in first team football.
“I thought it was very beneficial and gave me a real taste of it. I was very grateful to Southend.
“I know I’ve got the ability but it is a mental thing when you step onto the first team level.
“There are so many talented players in academies but first team level is different and so I’ve surprised myself with how I managed to deal with it but ability wise and technically wise I’ve always been confident in myself.”