Southampton's Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez looks set to be given a chance to finally prove his worth at St. Mary's, with manager Ronald Koeman having recently praised the player.
The Dutch manager may just have put to bed rumours of Ramirez and teammate Jack Cork leaving the club, with Koeman of the opinion that both have plenty to offer his squad this season.
Cork was linked with Crystal Palace and Ramirez with a move to Spanish side Sevilla last week, although Koeman's defiance over the pair will no-doubt please the Southampton supporters.
Ramirez has quality
Despite being on the peripheral of the squad since joining Southampton in 2012, Ramirez has remained popular with the fans, although sometimes his work-rate can let him down.
Despite that, Koeman and the Saints faithful can see there is definite quality in the former-Bologna midfielder.
"He (Ramírez) is a very good player because I know him, I see him, in the training sessions but he had a big problem.
"He missed two times in a week in the first six or seven weeks of the season and then you are always back with your physical way and your football way and you need time for that.
“Little by little now I hope he will continue fit and in a good shape because there is no doubt about his quality." Koeman said.
Time to shine
Koeman's comments are sure to be music to the ears of Ramirez, who has not enjoyed a regular run of football since joining Southampton, although he has been slowed down by a string of small injuries.
Ramirez made a cameo appearance in the Capital One Cup tie against Millwall on Tuesday night, but following his manager's comments, it seems likely that as long as he stays fit he will be given the chance he needs to take.
Whether he takes it or not will remain to be seen, but the one thing Ramirez does not lack is the ability. He possess the sharp mind that can see a killer pass or create something out of nothing and he has the perfect partner now in Dusan Tadic.
In recent seasons, Ramirez might not have had anybody quite on the same wavelength as him as Tadic, who has shone in his opening three games in England, and should the pair hit it off on the pitch, then Southampton fans might see the best of Ramirez this season.
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