Danny Ings believes he will reap the benefits of his first Southampton appearance as he begins to learn the club’s style of play.
By his own admission, Ings is best known for his ability to play on the shoulder of defenders and stretch teams in behind.
But it was in a deeper role that he was an influential substitute against Burnley, even if Saints were unable to find the elusive winner as the season opener finished goalless.
“At the moment, I’m getting used to way the team play – I wanted to come on and get a feel for the football they play," Ings said.
“We play good football here and there are some really, really good players. It’s a pleasure to work with them.
“There were a lot of spaces coming deep, so I drifted into those pockets, got on the ball and tried to play people in.
“I want to show people it’s not all about running in behind for me – I can come short and play too.
“I’m going to build on that performance and do the best I can for the club.”