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Double ton for Morgan
7:20am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Rickie Lambert completed 200 games for Saints in all competitions during last Sunday’s stalemate with West Ham at St Mary’s.
Now Schneiderlin is due to bring up his double century in Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, and there could hardly be a more appropriate fixture to mark the occasion.
While growing up in France, Schneiderlin developed a strong affinity for the Reds, with Steven Gerrard becoming his idol.
The 23-year-old is set to line up against the Liverpool captain this weekend, which should make the milestone all the more memorable.
Since his arrival from Strasbourg in 2008, in a deal worth up to £1.2m, Schneiderlin has blossomed into the dominant force in the club’s midfield, winning every player-of-the-year award going last season.
In the past year or so, he has combined the elegance and precision that has always been evident in his game with an impressive physical and defensive resolve.
Last season, he made more tackles per match than any other player in the Premier League, bar Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, while he topped the interception charts.
For a player who has previously admitted to not being aggressive enough when he arrived at Saints, it has been quite a turnaround.
In addition, Schneiderlin scored more goals last season – five – than in his first four seasons at the club combined.
Lallana has witnessed Schneiderlin’s progress up close, from the very first day the Frenchman arrived at the club, and has been as impressed as anyone.
“He’s come on leaps and bounds,” said Lallana. “He was our player of the year last season and it’s credit to the club and to himself that he’s going to achieve such a milestone.
“Hopefully he can go on to double that in Saints colours.”
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