Didi Hamann has backed Ralph Hasenhüttl to make a step up from Southampton at some point, labelling the Saints boss ‘underrated.’

The Austrian coach, who was regularly linked with a move to the Premier League during his two years in charge of RB Leipzig, has been at Southampton since December 2018.

He has proven to be a hit at the club, introducing an attractive brand of football and taking the club back to their ethos in his efforts of blooding youngsters in the first team.

It looked like he could be set for the sack earlier this year, though, when his side were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester City at home in October.

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Southampton elected to go the other way, however, sticking by him and insisting they believed in what he was trying to do at the club.

That sparked a massive turnaround in form, which has only helped to enhance Hasenhüttl’s reputation, and Hamann can see him making the step to a bigger club in future.

“Ralph was underrated in Leipzig – and still is,” he told Heute.

“Football is like social media: Whoever shouts the loudest will be heard. Hasenhüttl is quiet, works well – with few resources.

“Saints are a springboard for players like Bale or coaches like Pocchettino. I wouldn’t put it past him to jump.”