Theo Walcott marked his home Premier League debut in style as Southampton climbed to the top of three following a 2-0 success at St Mary’s Stadium.
Moved to a central role to fill the void left by the injured Danny Ings, Walcott took the change of position in his stride, assisting Ché Adams after just seven minutes as Saints took an early lead.
Making it two assists in three games, Walcott was understandably elated after a historic evening for both himself and the club, achieving top spot for the first time in the Premier League era.
“To be top of the league as well, for the first time in the club’s history, it’s a great thing to be a part of," Walcott recanted.
“It’s just a shame the fans can’t be here to enjoy it with us at this moment in time but I’m sure they’re enjoying it at home.
Theo WalcottIt's such a special club and I'm part of it now and that means so much.
“Every time I put on the shirt I just feel like a kid. It brings back so many great memories. I’ve had so many great experiences over the years but there’s just something about this club.
“I’m really pleased to be part of this group at this moment in time. We’ve just got to keep working hard.
“I feel like I’m expressing myself and really enjoying myself. The manager has got a lot of faith in not just me but the whole team. He wants the team to do well and he’s got an interest in everyone and the players feed off of that.
“We work hard together. Walking over that white line, it was a special moment. It’s a shame people couldn’t be here today but obviously that’s just how it is at the moment. The players have got used to it but hopefully it changes soon.
“Hopefully everyone at home can enjoy us being top of the league because that’s a great thing to say.”