We bring you the key talking points from Ralph Hasenhüttl's press conference, as the Saints boss spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener against Burnley at Turf Moor...
On Nathan Redmond’s new four-year-deal…
“I think it’s fantastic news for this club. A player that showed last season that he can make the difference in our team.
“Yesterday, he gave a big signal for the club. It’s a signal for everybody else that something is growing here and if such a player decides to stay longer with us then he must be convinced about the way we work in the moment.
“If maybe one of our best players last season is convinced about that then it is a good signal for the club.
“It means for all the other players we want to extend the contract that it is possible to stay here, they don’t have to leave immediately for a bigger club. That doesn’t mean he has to stay here for the next 10 years but if he develops his game like he did in the last season, then you never know where he ends up.
“For us it’s a good signal for the club and for the team. Now it’s about him to show again that he can bring his best performances."
On Nathan Redmond’s improvement last season…
“I had a very nice meeting yesterday with his mum and I like this lady massively. She’s very critical with him and I think we are both on the same track.
“But it’s one thing to be critical with him and the other thing is to praise him also if he makes it good. I think he’s a guy who wants to win always and is critical with himself also.
“In the moment I think there is a little switch in his mind and he is really, really focused on what we are doing.
“I think the development of him is a very positive one and finally one of the players we have to look that he makes the difference again this season.”
On the connection between Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings and Che Adams…
“Absolutely good. Scoring in the pre-season was not the biggest problem for us, but it’s only the pre-season. It’s nice that we worked well and were unbeaten but it’s only for the mental strength and to have a good feeling.
“It’s good that we have good results but there is no guarantee and the first game of the Premier League is completely different.
“They showed they can work together and they know what they have to do to get a good balance together. Opposite runs, how they play together, working against the ball where everybody does their job.
“We have worked a lot in this part of the game and it’s important they know exactly what they have to do, especially the new players. Che Adams had the advantage that he was here from the beginning of the pre-season which has helped him a lot I think.
“For Moussa, it’s a little bit more difficult and it will take time to bring him in the squad. He’s showed in the first two weeks that he has a lot of qualities that can help us.
“For the tactical skills, he needs more automatism and this is what we’re working on but he’s open-minded, very positive and the guys like him because he is always friendly and happy. He’s a good character and I like him.”
On Danny Ings’s pre-season…
“Absolutely. He’s very fit and he invested a lot in the break, not only the pre-season. Scored, worked hard and it’s a big battle in the front for these three positions.
“We have with Michael Obafemi a player who showed up in pre-season, Shane Long who doesn’t want to step back, Stu, Moussa and Sofiane is back also with a lot of quality.
“These positions are definitely the ones where there is the biggest battle so far.”
On first day opponents Burnley…
“I think when you remember last season we had a good game there. It was nearly three points but in the end we conceded a penalty that maybe this year, with VAR, is not really one.
“It will be a tough game again. I think in the first game nobody knows exactly how good he is. Finally, we need a very good mentality, a very good group and this is what we prepare for.”