Mauricio Pellegrino believes Josh Sims will be a key player in the run-in.
The manager handed Sims his first Premier League start since November 2016 in Saturday’s goalless draw with Stoke at St Mary’s.
With just nine Premier League games left to play, Saints now face an extended period of away fixtures, which Pellegrino believes could bring Sims to the fore.
“I think he did well with his pace and he was a problem for them,” said Pellegrino, reflecting on Sims’s performance against the Potters.
“There were some movements that showed a lack of connection, because he hasn’t played too much and there are new teammates, a new manager and new movements, but I think he was always dangerous and created some chances.
“It is good news for us because now we have more games away with more space to run forward.
“It’s important for us to have everybody ready. I feel that most of the team are ready to compete.
“For me, the main thing is to be mentally strong (away from home), because we will play with a lot of things against us and we need to be really well prepared.”