Summer signing: Why I am happy at Southampton

Toby Alderweireld

Southampton's Toby Alderweireld is enjoying playing for the club.

Southampton's Toby Alderweireld says that he is very happy at St. Mary's following his summer switch from Atletico Madrid.

Alderweireld joined Southampton on loan for the season and has wasted no time impressing in his new surroundings.

Manager Ronald Koeman has expressed a desire to keep the Belgian international defender on a permanent basis by doing a deal with Atleti in January, and it seems that Alderweireld would be open to the switch.

“It has been very good for me so far here," he said to the club's official site. "The group is fantastic, the results are very good, my game is okay, so I’m very happy here."

The 25-year-old was once considered one of the finest prospects in Europe, but his move to La Liga has meant that his progress has been thwarted. 

Alderweireld struggled to make an impact at Atletico, but he has began to re-find his top form since moving to the Saints.

A capable technician, Alderweireld fits in well with Southampton's favoured style of play, which requires them to keep possession, and he looks one of the classiest defenders in the team.

Although he is only starting to make the breakthrough as a first-team regular, he has still been part of one of the team's most memorable fixtures in recent times.

Alderweireld played 90 minutes in Southampton's 8-0 win over Sunderland last weekend and, although the offensive players took most of the plaudits, he still managed to show his quality during the eye-catching triumph. 

"I think it was quite special to win 8-0 because it is not a result you will get every week," Alderweireld said of the victory. "After the game we were satisfied but thinking it was only three points."

The former Ajax man will now be looking to keep his fine form up, as Southampton chase a top-four spot, and he should be in Koeman's starting line-up when his side take on Stoke City tomorrow.

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