Southampton are on a good run of results right now with three wins and a draw since a 5-2 thrashing by Tottenham, with Oriol Romeu proving there is life after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The Spaniard has been an unsung hero for the Saints this season, ensuring the Danish player hasn’t been missed quite as much as it was first anticipated he would.
Romeu has played in all six of Southampton’s Premier League games and has marshalled the back four admirably.
The 29-year-old signed for the Saints in 2015, costing £5 million from Chelsea. He has since become a key figure at the club, playing 196 times after failing to really make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
Sunday’s win against Everton highlighted exactly how much quality he brings to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.
According to Who Scored, he made 88 passes against the Toffees with a success ratio of 93%, whilst he also completed three tackles.
Hasenhuttl prides himself on having a team who keeps the ball and tries to play in the right way.
Some had presumed than when Hojbjerg decided to join Tottenham, they might lose their ability to get attacks started from a deep-lying midfield role.
That really hasn’t been the case though and that is largely down to the form of Romeu.
Not only is he a very accomplished passer of the ball but he’s arguably even better at the defensive side than Hojbjerg was.
Southampton finished 11th in the Premier League last season after a tremendous second half of the season.
The aim this season will be to push into the top half and with Romeu offering the performance level he is doing now, they could find themselves aiming even higher as the season progresses.