Ché Adams heads into Sunday's match against Aston Villa hoping to make it three matches in succession with a goal, with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl reflecting on the progression the striker has made in recent months.
After a challenging start to life at St Mary's, following his move from Birmingham City in the summer of 2019, the 24-year-old has hit his stride in recent months, scoring four times in six matches to end the previous campaign before starting well again this term, highlighted by his strikes in the 3-3 draw at Chelsea and 2-0 win over Everton.
A goal this Sunday would no doubt give Adams significant satisfaction, against the bitter rivals of his previous club, and, whether or not he manages that, Hasenhüttl is optimistic that there will be plenty more goals to come from him moving forward.
"It seems that he makes more progress and is more in front of the goal where he can score," said the Southampton manager, who explained fitness has played a big part in the development of Adams.
"We're always showing him the runs he has to make, and I know that the team works a lot against the ball and sometimes then you miss the energy to make the last step in the box to score, but he's getting more and more used to what we are doing and how much we demand in terms of physical workload, but he's fitter after the lockdown.
"He was coming back fitter and that was the reason why he scored after the lockdown more and also now he's a very fit player and this is important in the Premier League. If you are not fit then you have no chance."