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Callum Slattery is like having a new signing says Ralph Hasenhuttl

Hasenhuttl reckons having the likes of Slattery makes up for a lack of January transfer window signings.

Southampton’s Callum Slattery playing against Burnley in the Premier League Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

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.”