Maya Yoshida says he is hoping to build on his Under Armour Player of the Month award for August after being voted by the club’s fans.
Yoshida helped Saints to register two clean sheets in the opening month of the campaign, as well playing an integral role in the 3-2 success against West Ham United.
But that has only left the Japan international hungry for more after admitting the start could have been a lot more productive.
Reflecting on the award, Yoshida said: “I’m really pleased. Thank you to the fans and my teammates. We only played three games so we have to move it on to get good results more.
“I expected more from the games we’ve played so far if I’m honest.
“I understand my situation and we have good competition between the squad so I have to keep working hard and be sharp, as well as showing my quality to the new manager and the fans as well.
“The manager has given me a lot of advice and not only me, but all the other defenders. You can see that we’re more aggressive in the game now and we need more points.
“August was a good month for me but hopefully we can make September even better.”