Sporting activities News of Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he took the suitable final decision in finding Jack Stephens over Ghanaian youngster Mohammed Salisu in Saturday’s Premier League fixture in opposition to Fulham.
In the absence of wounded initially-decision centre-again Jannik Vestergaard, the supervisor had a preference to make in between Stephens and Salisu for the activity week 15 away tie.
Salisu has been awaiting his debut for The Saints because transferring from Spanish La Liga side Real Valladolid in August.
“For me, it was critical [against Fulham] that I introduced in a player who realized immediately what he was performing,” mentioned Hasenhuttl informed Hampshire Are living.
“When you have 3 variations in the group you need to have to have as considerably automatism as probable.
“I am certain Salisu could also play well, but it is critical not to have way too numerous improvements and to continue to keep our form so that the players know accurately what they are performing and I consider we designed the ideal selection.
“It was vital far too that Jack showed that he could play on the remaining simply because I did not want to move Jan back again to the remaining aspect.
“It was a minimal little bit new for him but he is seasoned as had the good quality to take care of this. He did a good job.”
Salisu created Southampton’s matchday squad for the initial time for a 2-1 get in excess of Brighton and Hove Albion previously this month and has given that made Hasenhuttl’s bench on consecutive occasions.
Just after sealing his transfer in August, he delayed linking up with The Saints squad for pre-time because of to an injury. He sooner or later joined observe in the week the Leading League kicked off and it then took him a few much more months to make his first matchday squad.
“Salisu is the foreseeable future of this club. It will just take time. We know how extensive it will take for some players to move into the workforce,” Hasenhuttl extra.
“He has so considerably possible and [at Fulham] it was a lot more vital for me, as I stated, not to unsettle the workforce. It would have been complicated, I feel.
“I am genuinely delighted that Sali is in this article and he reveals to me in every single session that he can help us.”
The Ghanaian could be handed a debut in January’s clash with third-tier side Shrewsbury City in the FA Cup.
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