Ronald Koeman picks his Southampton Man of the Match against Swansea

St Marys Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was delighted to see Ryan Bertrand back in the starting line-up against Swansea City.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that Ryan Bertrand was the best player on the pitch against Swansea City. 

The Saints beat Swansea 3-1 on Saturday, in what was arguably their most impressive performance of the season to date. 

And Koeman was delighted with the way that Bertrand acquitted himself, after returning to the first-team following a problematic knee injury. 

"In my opinion he was the best player on the pitch, and that’s all the credit," the Dutch manager said. 

“No pre-season for three months out and playing like he wasn’t away of the team and that was very good.”

Bertrand has missed the entirety of the Premier League season to date, but his comeback performance highlighted just how much the side have missed him.

Although there are high hopes about Matt Targett's future at St. Mary's, the youngster is not of the same class as Bertrand currently, and he hasn't been able to offer the same quality as the former Chelsea man while covering for him. 

Bertrand offers Koeman's side a greater threat going forward, while he also is very solid defensively. 

His return, therefore, will be vital for Southampton, as the south coast outfit look to get their season up and running. 

Southampton have made a slow start to the new campaign, but having beaten Swansea they are starting to climb the table, and now sit in 10th place. 

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