Claude Puel says Manolo Gabbiadini’s contribution has extended beyond his five goals in three games since arriving at Southampton.
The striker continued his fantastic goalscoring streak with a double against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
The brace sees him move to five in his first three games, but Puel says the striker is offering much more than just his goals.
“He cannot keep scoring two goals in every game, we know that of course, but it’s not just his scoring,” Puel told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford.
“He’s a great player with quality, because we can find him between the lines and he can play in good combinations with his partners.
“He makes good runs and he has good movement in the box. It’s very interesting with his quality and the quality of his runs.
“We have found a good clinical edge with him, and it will be important for all of the squad and for the strikers, because he gives a good confidence to the squad.”