Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: 'Shane Long is now a complete striker'

Shane Long celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United on April 9, 2016
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman praises Shane Long for becoming a complete striker over the past season.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Shane Long's development over the past year.

The 29-year-old has scored 10 Premier League goals this season, which is double his tally from the 2014-15 campaign.

"I remember when Shane came, I think in all aspects he has learnt a lot," the Daily Mail quotes Koeman as saying. "We did a lot with Shane in a lot of aspects of football and I think he is more complete as a player, as a striker.

"His pace, his timing, his movements are full of confidence. It is a big example that you can still learn when you are 26, 27, 28. You can learn every day. It is a big example of how you can develop with the help of coaches and that is nice to see."

The Saints are unbeaten in their last four top-flight games.

Ronald Koeman during the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Southampton on April 23, 2016
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