Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has waxed lyrical about Mohammed Salisu after his stunning performance in last night’s 2-0 win over Wolves.
The Austrian incumbent spoke to the Daily Echo after the game which helped the Saints secure a quarter-final place in this year’s FA Cup.
Salisu arrived at St Mary’s during the summer, costing the club £10.9 million from Real Valladolid.
Despite arriving with bags of potential, last night was his first outing for the Saints due to health and injury concerns.
The 21-year-old didn’t disappoint and after the clash, Hasenhuttl was full of praise for the £23,000-a-week enforcer.
He told the Daily Echo: “He wasn’t nervous. This guy has the quality and is convinced about what he is doing and he was now a bit nervous.
“He’s definitely a player that can help us in the future and that’s the reason why we signed him.
“What is important is that he understands immediately what we are and I felt comfortable. He is quick, strong and has a good body – he’s one for the future.
“He had not a lot of chances to train and then to step in and play a game immediately is good for him. This is the start.”
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The central defender was expected to be a shrewd signing by Southampton when he checked in at St Mary’s.
It’s taken him six months to make his debut for the club and it’ll now be hoped that he can kick on.
The Saints have been down to their bare bones in recent weeks. As a result, having a fully fit Salisu available will be timely.
Salisu made 34 appearances in La Liga and after a strong debut performance, supporters will hope he can make a big impact in the Premier League.