Southampton manager Claude Puel was pleased with the performance of Saints debutant Josh Sims as his side beat Ronald Koeman’s Everton 1-0, on the Dutchman’s first return to his former stomping ground.
The 19-year-old, who has scored five goals in nine Premier League 2 appearances this season, made his first appearance for the first team on Sunday, and picked up the Man of the Match gong in the process.
Within the first minute the England U18 international picked up his first assist as he set up Charlie Austin’s goal, with just 41 seconds on the clock, after some lively play having quickly won the ball from the Toffees, who had the kick-off.
Speaking after the game, the Saints boss praised the youngster, who recieved a standing ovation on being brought off with just minutes to go.
“I think for a first game in Premier League, it’s not bad. It is okay,” joked Puel.
“It is a very good game for him, and for us. I enjoyed it for him.
“He has played good games for the U23’s and has made good progress since the start of the season,
“He takes good personality, and with that quality you can see what he can do, he is fast, technical and he can see the play and give a good assist and has a very good spirit in his work.”
The youngster, who follows fellow academy graduate Sam McQueen in making his full debut, and impressing, this season, will be hoping that he is handed another chance by Puel when the Saints travel to Arsenal in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.