Oriol Romeu declared his sweet volley against West Brom the best goal of his career after helping Southampton secure back-to-back victories in the Premier League.
The midfielder connected perfectly with Stuart Armstrong’s floated cross from the left to give Saints a 2-0 lead against the Baggies in the 69th minute at St Mary’s.
It was his sixth goal in 194 appearances for the club and his first since February 2019, and Romeu was typically modest as he reflected on his special moment.
“It’s the best goal, but’s easy to be up there because there are not many others!” he grinned. “Most of them are rebounds, not a clean shot from outside the box.
“It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m very happy. I’m very pleased to have scored that goal after a while.
“Kyle (Walker-Peters) moved out of his position so I was filling his space. I saw myself in an awkward position and Jannik (Vestergaard) was calling me back, but I thought, ‘I’m going to stay up top for this one’.
“The ball came very well and very clean, and I just went for the duel and saw the ball in the back of the net.
“I wasn’t aiming anywhere, I just tried to hit the ball well and clean. It was great, I was very happy.”
Romeu revealed his teammates were quick to point out the rarity of the moment.
“They said ‘good tackle for the goal!’” he added. “Everyone was a bit surprised. We’ll see if there can be a few more coming, hopefully.”