KYLE Walker-Peters has managed to win over Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The defender arrived at St Mary’s on loan from Tottenham in January but struggled to force his way in the Austrian’s plans.

He had to remain patient before eventually being given a run in the side during Project Restart.

Walker-Peters grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has proven himself to be an astute cog in Hasenhuttl’s machine.

However, Sunday’s game against Sheffield United could be the loanee’s final match in a Saints shirt unless they sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

Assessing the impact Walker-Peters has made, Hasenhuttl said: “I think he was coming here and was a little bit surprised about the intensity of our sessions and the way we want to play.

“He had time to get adapted to it and he needed this time.

“After lockdown, he looked physically stronger and our work with him also made him more competitive to battle in the duels.

“He made some good games and let’s have a look at what happens in the summer.”