Shane Long is ‘Complete’ Striker: Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman

Shane Long

Shane Long has gathered nothing but praises from Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman after a spectacular display of his athletic playing abilities in the Premier League.

Sporting a career high of 10 Premiere League goals, Shane Long has definitely shined this season for his Southampton team. He gave his team an advantage with his 100th goal, ending with a 4-2 victory for the Southampton against Manchester City.

“I think he’s more complete as a player, as a striker. His pace, his timing and his movements are full of confidence at the moment,” Koeman said.

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“I think he’s really complete as a striker. He has good movements, in the box he’s clever and he’s a very good header of the ball. He makes it so difficult to the defenders because he’s always on the move. I know as a centre-back that can be very difficult,” the manager adds regarding Long’s playing style.

The 29-year old Irishman started playing as a striker for Southampton in 2014, replacing Dušan Tadić for his first appearance under the club.

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“I remember when Shane came, and I think in all aspects of football he has learned a lot. We did a lot with Shane in all aspects of football. That’s a big example of how you can still learn when you are 29, you can learn every day. For me that’s one of the biggest examples of how a player can develop with help from the coaches,” Koeman added.

As for getting a spot on the Europe league, Koeman comments in a Daily Mail report that “the team is full of confidence. We don’t have injuries and the team is working hard, keeping the belief and keeping fighting for Europe. We are still in charge of that.”

Southampton will be facing Tottenham at The Lane in the Barclays Premiere League this Sunday, 13:30 LST.

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