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Long now 'complete'


Southampton's Shane Long

Southampton's Shane Long


Southampton's Shane Long

Ronald Koeman has paid Shane Long a glowing tribute and believes that Ireland's form player is now the complete striker.

The Saints boss reckons that Long is the main reason for his team's recent form surge ahead of tomorrow's clash with Tottenham.

"I remember when Shane came, I think in all aspects he has learnt a lot," he said. "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. It is a big example of how you can develop with the help of coaches.

"He is really complete as a striker. In the box he is clever, he has a really good header, he makes it so difficult for the defenders because he is always on the move."

Meanwhile, Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph replaces the injured Adrian for West Ham's clash with Swansea today, as well as the Hammers' upcoming games against Manchester United and Stoke.