95% pass-accuracy, four key passes: Saints star excels in many areas

Southampton Football Club

Southampton won on Saturday courtesy of a Sadio Mane strike, but what was his all-round performance like?

It many not have lived up to the heady heights of the week before, but Southampton's Premier League match against Stoke City still saw the same outcome: three points for Ronald Koeman's men.

Seven days on from Southampton's 8-0 victory against Sunderland, their latest win came courtesy of a single goal, scored by summer signing Sadio Mane.

The Senegal forward netted his first goal in English football, but given his talent and previous form you can be certain it will not be his last.

Despite proving to be the goal-scoring hero, Mane's performance suggested he can excel in a number of key areas, all of which will be good news for both his teammates and his manager.

Mane had three goal-scoring attempts, netting from his only effort on target, but he also played four key passes to set up scoring chances for his teammates.

The Southampton star went on four dribbles - a key element of his dynamic game - and he had a passing accuracy of 95.24 per cent.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttemptsOn-target Scoring AttemptsKey PassesPass AccuracyDribblesMins
Sadio Mané 1 3 1 4 95.24 4 90

Not many forward players distribute the ball anywhere near as effectively as that, and Mane's overall performance suggested what those who have watched him for a while are well aware of: Southampton bought an absolute bargain in the summer.

In fact they bought plenty of bargains, but Mane could ultimately prove to be the best of the lot.

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