Koeman: Saints star best in the Premier League in his position

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has praised the ability of Nathaniel Clyne.

Ronald Koeman says Nathaniel Clyne is the best right-back in England, after he excelled for Southampton once again last night.

Clyne was influential as the Saints fought out a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and he has continued to build on his ever increasing reputation with the performance.

The former Crystal Palace right-back scored Koeman's side's equaliser and was a constant threat throughout the match. 

It was a display which highlighted his attacking qualities, but he has also proven a hugely adept defender throughout the campaign so far, and Koeman has hailed the 23-year-old's ability. 

“He’s in my opinion the best right full back in the Premier League," Koeman said to the Daily Echo after the match

Clyne's whirlwind season so far was capped off when he was handed his first start for England during the international break.

It was some well earned recognition for his fine form and Koeman feels that it has helped him improve even further. 

"One, is more confident (after playing for England) and two maybe it’s more quality because you play international games and you know now what that means for a player," the Dutchman said. 

Clyne has been a major reason for Southampton's brilliant opening to the campaign, where they have elevated themselves into second spot.

The Saints are firmly placed in the top-four, but their fixture list looks daunting in the next few weeks.

The South Coast club have matches against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United to come in their next three games and it looks set to be a test of their credentials to make it into the Champions League spots. 

Many feel that Southampton may struggle to pick up any points in those fixtures, but if they are able to collect some it should confirm their status as top-four candidates. 

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