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The former Saints man believes that the club's current No.7 can be as good as the south-coast club's legendary former occupant of the famed jersey

Brett Ormerod believes Rickie Lambert can be as good for Southampton as Matt Le Tissier was, as the striker approaches his 100th goal for the club.

Lambert, who signed for the Saints in 2009 after establishing himself in the lower tiers of English football, was one of their integral players during their consecutive promotions towards the Premier League and has come a long way in his career according to Ormerod, who played for the club between 2001-2006.

"He’s continued to develop and has absolutely flourished at Southampton," the striker, who now plays for Wrexham, told The Daily Echo.

"He’s far more than a target man, he’s the closest thing Southampton have had to another Matt Le Tissier. He fully deserves the success he’s had.
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"I knew Rickie very well as a kid at Blackpool – I remember him as the unfittest 15 year-old I’d ever met! He was behind the goalkeepers in the fitness tests, red in the face and slower than my grandma!

"But his ability was unbelievable. Blackpool had a very good youth team then and when Nigel Worthington was manager they would play the first team on a Friday and often win.

"We must have been the only team playing in the Football League that had lost to the youth team the day before!

"Rickie has always been quite shy but he would do most of the damage, pinging 25-yard balls. He was a midfielder originally but he always had that tremendous ability to score spectacular goals out of nothing."

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