£10m Saints star: Working with Koeman a great opportunity

Southampton's Saido Mane is delighted to have the chance to work with Ronald Koeman.

Southampton's Saido Mane says that linking up with Ronald Koeman at St. Mary's is a great opportunity for him.

Mane was brought in from Red Bull Salzburg and has made a positive immediate impression with the Saints.

The winger, who is currently on international duty with Senegal, has been plunged straight into first-team action at St. Mary's, but does not appear out of his depth.

He has caused great excitement with his attacking displays so far, and it appears that Mane himself is delighted to be working with his new Dutch boss. 

"Koeman is known around the world,” he is quoted as saying by the Basingstoke Gazette

“I have seen what he achieved as a footballer. Working under him is a great opportunity for a young person like me.”

Koeman took over at Southampton this summer after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur.

It looked a tough job for the Dutchman, after a number of key players left during the summer, but he seems to have galvanised the squad.

Saints are already in third position in the Premier League table and talk of a Champions League qualification spot is starting to emerge. 

The side have added well, with the likes of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle settling in quickly like Mane and it has meant their losses have been compensated for.

The challenge now will be to keep this form up for the rest of the campaign and they will be keen to return to winning ways straight away after the international break.

Southampton lost their last game against Spurs, but they have a winnable fixture against Sunderland next up and will be keen to gain the three points. 

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