Southampton Academy graduate Josh Sims has come in for praise from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl for the impact he had during last weekend’s Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary’s Stadium.
The 22-year-old has long been highly rated at the club as he continued his development and having made his breakthrough back in the 2016/17 campaign he’s certainly had to be patient in recent times, but his Southampton record does now read seven starts with 17 additional appearances from the substitutes bench.
Having spent the first half of the year out on loan with Reading, he was recalled in early January, he’s now made four appearances for Hasenhuttl and he grabbed his first assist for us this year, as he laid the ball on for Nathan Redmond to open the scoring two minutes into the Wolves game.
Speaking to saintsfc following the game, Sims came in for plenty of praise from the gaffer who acknowledged he’s now a real ‘option’ for us as we head through the run in of the campaign.
“I am very happy with him because he deserved to play from the beginning. As a substitute he showed that he can help us with his speed. He had a good chance to score, unfortunately he didn’t, but I think he is another part and a different player which we need in our team. It is always good if you can surprise the opponent a little bit with new players and that’s what I like.”