Southampton: Matthew Le Tissier won over by Mauricio Pochettino

Matthew Le Tissier

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier says he has been won over by new manager Mauricio Pochettino as their return to the Premier League draws to a close.

The Saints boss was a controversial appointment in January when he was brought in to replace Nigel Adkins,

But Le Tissier says the Argentine has done a good job in the circumstances.

"The style of football has been very good, I don't think there is any two ways about that," Le Tissier told BBC South Today.

"I've liked quite a lot of the games I've seen this season, especially beating some of the bigger teams at home."

Southampton end the season with a game against Stoke at St Mary's on Sunday and although they are currently 14th in the Premier League, they could secure a top-10 finish if they win and other results go their way.

Former England forward Le Tissier believes Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been with Saints since 2008 and was voted the club's player of the season on Tuesday, has been instrumental in that success

"I think Morgan was the most consistent player over the course of the season, so I think it was right choice," the 44-year-old said.

"I think he has proved to a lot of people this season that he is very much at home in the Premier League.

"Watching him in League One and the Championship, I always felt he was a player who would get better the higher up he played. That has proved to be the case and I'm delighted for him."

Le Tissier also paid tribute to striker Rickie Lambert, who has 14 goals and is vying with Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott of Arsenal to end the season as the highest English goalscorer in the top flight.

"People questioned whether he would get anywhere near double figures, so he's proved them wrong and hopefully he can finish the season as the top English goalscorer as that would be some accolade.," he said.

Le Tissier, who played over 400 times for the Saints, does not believe many additions will be needed to the squad in the summer in order for them to have another good season next term.

"I'd be looking at centre-half and maybe another forward to help Rickie out with the goalscoring," he added. "We are quite good, but every club hopes to strengthen and hopefully we'll add two or three more."

Matthew Le Tissier was speaking ahead of his appearance as part of an FA legends XI, who take on an army side at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, 18 May. The match is part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations and also marks 125 years of the Army FA.

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