Southampton captain José Fonte paid Sam McQueen huge credit following the youngster’s first Premier League start against Manchester City.
After making his first start for the club at the San Siro on Thursday night, McQueen was again called upon by Claude Puel at Etihad Stadium.
He put in another excellent display, and after the game, skipper Fonte was full of praise for the Academy graduate.
“He’s surprised me. He’s done really, really well and fully deserves to be in the team now,” Fonte said.
“Well done to him, credit to him for the work he has done. I hope he can keep doing what he is doing.
“He needs to keep improving, because he’s been a very good surprise.
“We need him at the moment, we need to do everything for him to make sure he’s comfortable and confident.
“In the end, it’s only up to him and he’s done really, really well. It’s all credit to him.”