Having snapped Kyle Naughton up from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City wasted little time in handing him his debut.
The highly-rated defender made his top-flight bow for the Swans at Southampton on Sunday, with Garry Monk’s men presented with a tough test on the south coast.
They were to pass it with flying colours, with a dogged display seeing them leave St Mary’s with a 1-0 victory over top-four hopefuls.
Naughton played his part in a notable success, with the hard-working full-back offering an immediate return on the investment made in his services.
Swansea, according to The Guardian, parted with £5 million to secure the former England U21 international, but will consider that to be money well spent.
|Match||Goals Conceded||Total Tackle||Won Tackle||Total Clearance||Duel Won||Interception||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Federico Fernández||Southampton vs Swansea||0||0||0||4||2||7||1||90|
|Kyle Naughton||Southampton vs Swansea||0||4||4||2||6||3||1||82|
|Neil Taylor||Southampton vs Swansea||0||0||0||7||1||3||1||90|
|Ashley Williams||Southampton vs Swansea||0||0||0||13||0||4||1||90|
The Opta statistics above show how important Naughton was to the collective cause.
He was the only member of the defensive unit to make a tackle, and came out on top in all of those challenges.
The 26-year-old also bettered those around him in terms of duels won and put in a useful number of interceptions to keep the Saints at bay.
Naughton has set the bar pretty high for future outings but, given that he will be hoping to get the regular minutes often denied him at Spurs, will be confident that he has a prominent role to play over the remainder of the campaign.