Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl reckons Callum Slattery’s rise to the Saints first team makes up for a quiet January transfer window of incoming signings.
Aged 19, Slattery played his first 90 minutes for Southampton in their 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.
“I know there were some voices that said ‘we don’t sign players in the transfer period’, but we played with a lot of young players and Callum Slattery had his first game in the Premier League,” Hasenhuttl said after the game. [H/T the Echo]
“We have a lot of new players signed from our own youth team and Slat is another one of the good young guys in our club.
“Maybe we didn’t sign a new player but we have four or five young players who have made their first steps in professional football; players like Valery, Ramsay and Slattery.
“They can be our future. Although we didn’t sign a new player, for me we have a different team now.”