Nathan Tella today left Saints for Championship side Burnley, who are now being led by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, on a season-long loan.
Tella, who has made 33 Premier League appearances for Southampton, will be looking to earn some regular first team football in English football’s second tier. The 23-year-old joined Southampton in 2017 after coming through Arsenal’s youth system.
“Once the opportunity arose for me to come here, this is where my head has been at since,” Tella told Burnley’s website.
“I’ve been wanting to play football consistently for a while now and now the opportunity has come up here, it’s one I’m just happy to have.”
Burnley boss Kompany seems similarly excited by the move, indicating that Tella will be in the running for plenty of minutes over the upcoming campaign.
“We’re pleased to add Nathan to our team. He’s a hard-working player, who carries a great threat going forward with his attacking pace,” Kompany said.
“I have no doubt that Nathan will fit in fine here and help improve our squad. We would like to thank Southampton for making this possible and we look forward to working with him.”
Tella is a pacey, dynamic player who runs at defenders, but has some work to do to polish up other areas of his game. The Southampton hierarchy will hope he can do that while at Turf Moor.