Saints recruit on what makes Koeman and Pelle so special, talks Clyne

Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand has spoken out over the management acumen of Ronald Koeman, the class of Graziano Pelle and Nathaniel Clyne.

Loan star Ryan Bertrand, who joined Southampton on a year-long deal from parent club Chelsea, has waxed lyrical over the management style of Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

He said to Sky Sports: "I like his style of football, the way he runs the club, the boys and the team – it has been fantastic to be a part of.

"I think everyone is managing to express themselves and show the best of their ability."

Indeed, the Koeman effect looked to have been mightily strong as, ahead of the club's clash against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, Southampton had risen all the way to second in the Premier League.

A 1-0 loss to Spurs, though, sees the St Mary's outfit slip to third place with a two point cushion ahead of Manchester United, Swansea City and Tottenham.

Southampton were not the only club linked with Bertrand during the summer transfer window as the Englishman was also interesting Liverpool, Tottenham and Hull City.

However, it was "the pedigree" of Koeman that prompted the 25-year-old to join him at the Saints: "The pedigree he’s had as a player and a manager was reassuring for me personally, knowing that I can come and play well and express myself."

Bertrand was not the only addition during the summer as Southampton looked to compensate for the loss of over £100 million worth of talent.

One permanent signing was Graziano Pelle, who looks a class act having adapted to English football immediately after a season at Feyenoord.

"He’s not just a typical target man, he’s got fantastic feet," commented Bertrand. "He’s good technically and he always seems to pop up with good finishes."

Bertrand has aspirations of breaking into the England squad and could do worse than look to his team-mate Nathaniel Clyne for inspiration as the 23-year-old could end up as a regular under Roy Hodgson.

"He’ll go in there and be a strong contender to make the right back position his own," said Bertrand.

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