Saints star proves his worth
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Adam Lallana is already proving to be a Premier League quality player for Southampton having moved joint-top of the assists table.
The highly-rated 24-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign with the Saints having already put four goals on a plate for his team-mates to convert.
And that has seen Lallana join Chelsea's big-money duo Eden Hazard and Juan Mata - who cost a combined fee of £55million - at the top of the early season standings for assists.
Lallana, who cost the Saints around £18,000 and a 25 percent sell-on fee when snapped up from Bournemouth's Centre of Excellence as a 12-year-old in 2000, is now captain of the club and can be valued in millions and not thousands these days.
The new statistics are not only a boost for Saints boss Nigel Adkins, who is well aware of his qualities, but also shows England boss Roy Hodgson that he is worth keeping tabs on throughout the course of this season.
Lallana has already secured a call-up for the Three Lions last month when injuries meant Hodgson drafted him into the squad at late notice for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.
However, he will hope to continue his current good form for his club which could see him pick up his first cap after he was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against the Ukrainians.