Nathan Redmond paid tribute to James Ward-Prowse after the midfielder struck his second goal in a week to help Southampton secure back-to-back Premier League wins.
Having opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 2-1 victory at Leicester, Ward-Prowse repeated the feat from open play against Everton, letting fly with a pinpoint strike from distance to beat England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
After Saints chalked up another three points with the same result at St Mary’s, Redmond was quick to congratulate the Academy graduate, pointing to the strength in depth at Ralph Hasenhüttl’s disposal.
“Prowsey’s got that quality,” Redmond said. “He works hard for the team – he’s a fantastic team player who does some of the stuff a lot of people wouldn’t notice.
“Everyone knows he’s got the quality from set-pieces and he’s got the quality he showed today with an outstanding strike.
“That’s testament to the squad. At the start of the season we had Mario and Pierre, with Oriol and Stu in there as well, so there are a lot of players in that midfield all battling for positions.
“I think it makes it great for competition within the squad, and at the same time knowing that anyone who plays in any position is going to do just as good a job.
“I’m really pleased for him that he’s scored in two games on the bounce, and it’s good for the team as well.”