Club captain Steven Davis has heaped praise on Southampton defender Jack Stephens.
Stephens broke into the first team earlier this season following an injury to Virgil van Dijk, and Davis has been impressed with how the 23-year-old has settled in.
“Jack’s been excellent since he came into the side,” explained Davis.
“It is always difficult to come into a side, especially under difficult circumstances and in place of someone like Virgil who is such an important player for us.
“You’ve seen the quality Jack’s got. He’s going to come up against top-quality forwards in every game and it’s a learning curve for him, but he’s dealing with it really well, is level-headed and has performed consistently.”
Saints currently sit ninth in the Premier League table with just seven games of the season remaining.
And Davis admitted that the squad are completely focussed on finishing as high up the table as they possibly can.
“We’ll see where we are at when the season comes to an end,” he continued.
“We’ve got a lot of good games coming up so we will be looking to come into those with confidence. We’ve always been confident in the ability that we’ve got.
“We have still got the chance to finish this season strongly and on a positive note, so that is what we are trying to do.”