Southhampton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Shane Long for developing himself into a complete striker, in a good form. The praise was inevitable looking at the pace, timing and movements following Long’s strike against Manchester City on May 1st match.
According to Talksport Koeman said, "I remember when Shane came, I think in all aspects he has learned a lot.
"We did a lot with Shane in a lot of aspects of football and I think he is more complete as a player, as a striker."
"His pace, his timing, his movements are full of confidence. It is a big example that you can still learn when you are 26, 27, 28. You can learn every day.”
"It is a big example of how you can develop with the help of coaches and that is nice to see.
"He was always really excited to come to Southampton and I remember talking to Shane about training sessions, ours are a little bit different to the usual English striker.
"He is really complete as a striker, in the box he is clever, he has a really good header, he makes it so difficult for the defenders because he is always on the move."
Saints are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League games and Shane Long has 10 goals in the league this season.
To celebrate the win, Long tweeted,
— Shane Long (@ShaneLong7) May 1, 2016
Manager Koeman also tweeted,
Perfect afternoon in StMary's. Glorious victory with great goals and good teamwork. We continue our race for Europe. pic.twitter.com/qZT37jTV2O
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) May 1, 2016