Hughes: Summer signings acquitted themselves well

By SFC Media time Mon 13 Aug Saints v Burnley
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Southampton FC

Mark Hughes felt his new signings gave Southampton a different dimension in their Premier League opener against Burnley.

Four of the five summer additions featured in the 0-0 draw at St Mary’s, with goalkeeper Angus Gunn on the bench.

And Hughes reflected on a number of positive debuts against tough opposition to start the season.

“It was important for them to get real competitive action and Burnley will test you in ways that other teams won’t so I think it was a good outing for Jannik who stood up to the challenge so I was pleased with him,” Hughes reflected.

“I thought Moi and Danny obviously have shown what they bring to the party. Danny has the ability and the cleverness to find pockets of space and will work off the front but then he also understands when to offload and get in the box to get on the end of things.

“With Moi’s technical ability, his willingness to get at people ensures that we have a good mix and a different element of threat to maybe that we’ve had in the past.”

The supporters’ excitement surrounding the signing of Danny Ings was clear during his introduction on 55 minutes, when he received a huge roar on his homecoming.

Hughes added: “I gave him 30 minutes which was a little bit more than I had intended but I wanted to get some energy into the team.

“I thought when he came on he was excellent from start to finish. He’s a little bit behind so I was a bit cautious about him starting the game but he looked in great shape.

“Straight away he got on the ball, drew people, turned and then released our guys in good areas with space to run at the opposition. I’m pleased as we saw a glimpse of what he is going to bring.”


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