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The Worst Kept Secret Is Now Out ! Salisu Signing Announced
Wednesday, 12th Aug 2020 18:55

The media has been full of news for several weeks now that Mohammed Salisu has agreed terms with Saints, now that has been officially confirmed to cap what Saints fans have seen as a couple of good days of business in the transfer market.

Central defender Mohammed Salisu is now officially a Saints player after this evening's press release from the club.

With Pierre Emile Hojbjerg now gone and Salisu joining Kyle Walker Peters as a full time Saint, most supporters would see this triple transfer dealing as being good business with two up and coming talents joining the club and the club only about £5 million down on the deals before any add ons.

That is a good net spend to strengthen the squad in two key areas.

The press release was simple and to the point :

Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce it has completed the signing of centre-back Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid.

The sought-after 21-year-old Ghanaian has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s, becoming the second player to arrive at the club during this year’s summer transfer window.

One of the most highly-regarded young centre backs playing in Europe right now, Salisu moved to Spanish top-flight side Valladolid from his homeland in 2017, first establishing himself in their second side, before quickly progressing into a key member of the first-team.

Salisu featured twice in the club’s Copa del Rey campaign in the 2018/19 season before becoming a regular in the 2019/20 campaign, making 32 appearances across all competitions, helping them to a notable improvement in their defensive record and also to a respectable 13th-placed finish.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said:

“This is an important signing for us. Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well. He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing.

“I like what I have seen of him so far in his games with Valladolid. He is strong defensively, he is calm with the ball – something that is important in our team – and he has good speed too.

“I think he will fit in well with us and that this will be a good place for him to develop his game further. We have some good centre-backs here and this will be another strong option for us.”

Mohammed Salisu said:

“It is a very good feeling to be a Southampton player. I am very happy to be part of the club and I am looking forward to starting here.

“Southampton is a club with a very rich history in developing young players, so it is a very good club for me to develop my skills and to learn a lot as a young player.

“I know that the team expects a lot from me and I’m going to try to give all I can to help the team.”

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felly1 added 20:03 - Aug 12
This is great news along with KPW signing.
The 3 big questions for me our.
1. Will he be good enough to force his way into the team very early into the season.
2. If he's as good as we hope, how long will he stay?
1 or 2 seasons at best?
3. Will the club be looking to offload Vestergaard agaard as surely he's not going to want be 4th choice.

Scrappy2020 added 22:19 - Aug 15
We havan't bought well from abroad the past few seasons and have spent a lot of money,so don't hold your breath,hope I'm wrong,the successful team after lockdown was 90+% British,better communication and team spirit!

underweststand added 06:01 - Aug 16
Although the only thing that the average fan has to go by is those YOU TUBE clips, (which are obviously the club/agents way of marketing the player), but that said Salisu does look to be very useful and ..(for a CB)...quite mobile.
Of course the proof of the pudding ..etc, but he looks to be an exciting prospect but we will know a lot more after the first few games we get against top 4 sides.

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