Southampton hero Brett Ormerod rates Ricki Lambert in the class of Matt Le Tissier.
Lambert is closing in on a century of goals for the club (94 in 165 starts).
â€śTen years ago, people wouldnâ€™t have believed you if youâ€™d told them the success Rickie would have,â€ť Ormerod told the Daily Echo.
â€śBut he always had tremendous ability. Some players mature later than others for loads of reasons - mostly luck.
â€śI canâ€™t remember why he was released but he learnt his trade at Macclesfield and Stockport, got the move to Bristol Rovers and has turned into a top, top player.
â€śHeâ€™s continued to develop and has absolutely flourished at Southampton.
â€śHeâ€™s far more than a target man, heâ€™s the closest thing Southampton have had to another Matt Le Tissier.
â€śHe fully deserves the success heâ€™s had, heâ€™s still the same Rickie. I was playing Call of Duty on the X Box with him and Richard Chaplow, who I know from my Accy [Accrington Stanley] days, just the other week.â€ť