Ronald Koeman praised Spanish duo Juanmi and Oriol Romeu after they made a big impact in Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
The duo came off the bench in place of Victor Wanyama and Dušan Tadić in the 63rd minute with Koeman’s side trailing 1-0 against the Villans.
Juanmi had a number of efforts well saved by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, before defensive midfielder Romeu drew Saints level in the 74th minute.
After the game, Koeman felt the duo had made a real impression. “We know it’s two players with qualities,” the Saints boss told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“Juanmi maybe a little bit more difficult in his situation to adapt to the Premier League really, but he needs time.
“He’s a talented player, he showed his qualities when he came in.
“Oriol we know it’s a defensive holding player and he brought aggression from the midfield and that’s fantastic.
“He scored the goal. [The impact] is what you expect from the substitutes.
“Both players came in on a good level and showed their qualities.”
Wanyama was one of the two to make way as Romeu replaced the Kenyan, with Koeman confirming he had picked up a slight knock before coming off.
“It was his ankle. I said okay maybe it’s the right moment to change. Maybe he could have kept going but he was struggling a little bit,” Koeman said.
“I decided to change him for Oriol and I think he did a good job.”