Claude Puel felt Jordy Clasie delivered his best performance of the season in Southampton’s 1-0 win against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Clasie’s combative display saw him get into good positions on a couple of occasions in the first half, as he looked to add to his goal against Arsenal in the EFL Cup two weeks ago.
While there was no second goal for the Dutchman, Puel was pleased with his midfielder’s display in the vital win against Boro.
“I was happy for the game of Jordy, because I think it’s the best game since the beginning of the season,” Puel said.
“He took responsibility to go forward to try to shoot and to give possibilities offensively for the team.
“I think he can do better with his qualities, not just to defend, because he has good technique, he sees the play, he feels the play and when he brings something offensively it’s good for the team.”
Puel has challenged the diminutive Dutchman, along with the rest of the midfield, to contribute more goals as Saints look to kick on from Sunday’s win.
“It’s not normal that Jordy scores just one goal for Southampton. For me the midfield have to participate,” Puel added.
“They need to contribute to the offensive action, to shoot, to score, to give assists. For me it’s the job of all of the team.
“It was a good thing when Jordy scored against Arsenal. He got in the box and scored and this is interesting.”