“There was always talk about him from about the age of 13 or 14 at Southampton,” recalled Delap. “Everyone knew he was going to be a player one day and it’s nice to see he’s also kept his feet on the ground as well.
“He’s now started to turn into the player we knew he could be back then when he came into the side at 16 and started tearing people apart with his pace.
“His dad used to come into the ground quite a bit at Southampton and he was a really nice and down-to-earth person.
“The way he’s been brought up has been very important because he’s never been one of those big-headed lads bigging himself up.
“He seems to be right in the head to this day and I’m sure that will be a big help to him in the future.”