Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington has hailed Steven Davis’s “top-class” contribution, after the midfielder made his 150th appearance for the club.
Northern Ireland captain Davis, who joined from Rangers in 2012, brought up the mark during last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester City.
Merrington, who managed Saints from 1995 to 1996 and nurtured many of the club’s finest talents during his time as a youth coach, has watched Davis closely in his role as a co-commentator for BBC Radio Solent.
He said: “I think he’s been the most consistent player in the squad. I think in the time he’s been here at Southampton Football Club he’s turned out to be Mr Reliable and Mr Consistent and I think the signing, for what they got him for, he’s been a top-class signing.
“You know exactly what you’re going to get from him. They’ve played him in a number of positions and I’ve never heard one complaint. Whatever position he’s played in, he’s always given 100 per cent and I think that the team benefit when he’s in the side because of his reliability.
“The players round him know exactly what they’re getting and I think he keeps the side in possession, he makes himself available.
“He’s what I would call a player’s player. It doesn’t matter who’s on the ball. If they’re in trouble, he’s a player who’s always looking to support and help, to get you out of trouble and that’s what I call a player’s player. They’re worth their weight in gold, players like that.”
Merrington added: “The first thing I look for in any player is his attitude. He can have all sorts of ability, but if his attitude’s wrong then you’ve got to deal with all the other things that go with it, but with him he’s a top-class professional, he’s been so consistent for the side and his work-rate is second-to-none.
“He’s a top-class, first-class pro. He’s a manager and coach’s dream.”