Few at St. Mary's would have expected summer signing Cedric Soares to have made quite the impact he has since joining Southampton.
Signed by manager Ronald Koeman to replace Nathaniel Clyne, following the Englishman's move to Liverpool, Cedric certainly looks capable of replacing his predecessor, as he showed in the club's recent European victory.
As the Saints romped to a 3-0 win over Dutch outfit Vitesse in the Europa League qualifiers, Cedric emerged as the star of the evening, outclassing the rest of his teammates and his fellow debutants.
The adventurous Portuguese international offered the Saints an outlet down the right touchline and was eager to get involved in attacking moves while fulfilling his defensive duties.
He already looks a capable replacement for Clyne and Southampton fans were quick to express this view as they took to Twitter to praise the Portuguese's performance.
Here are a few of the best tweets following Thursday evening's action.
So excited to see more of Cedric Soares - he was so so so good tonight! #saintsfc— LukeSFC (@LukeOsmanSFC) July 30, 2015
I rate cedric soares so much after tonight— e (@walkslikellie) July 30, 2015
Great game so far. Cedric Soares is looking very good from where I'm sitting, Big Vic also bossing the midfield #saintsfc— Fraser (@frasercoppin) July 30, 2015
cedric soares looks a player— danwest (@Danwest_97) July 30, 2015
@johncrossmirror Cedric Soares looks the real deal. One thing is for sure he will provide more assists than Clyne ever did— greg v (@gregvul) July 30, 2015
Been very impressed with Cedric Soares for Southampton tonight, great replacement for Clyne on this showing!— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 30, 2015
Already concerned about Liverpool/United trying to sign cedric soares #SaintsFC— Chris Healey (@chrishealey8) July 30, 2015
Saints looking totally in control, Cedric Soares looks a great replacement for Clyne.— Terry Kemish (@SAINTFOREVER) July 30, 2015
Cedric Soares is ten times nathaniel clyne, different gravy. Not even being bitter— ben caffyn (@bencaffyn) July 30, 2015
Think Cedric Soares will be a more than capable replacement for Clyne at Southampton— Roberto Goodman (@RobGoodmanAFC) July 30, 2015
Cedric Soares seems to be a great player. Or maybe its just pre season form. Hope it isnt tho!— Eyo (@eyondem) July 30, 2015
Cedric Soares excites me. Perfect replacement— Jordan Wilson (@JordannWilsonn1) July 30, 2015
Think the main thing we can take from this half is that Liverpool will probably pay £12 million for Cedric Soares next summer.— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) July 30, 2015
Cedric Soares may turn out to be better than Clyne— Jordan Trott (@Trotter93) July 30, 2015
Is it too early to have a player of the season? Either way, really enjoying Cedric Soares at right-back for Saints so far. He's quick!— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) July 30, 2015