Southampton CEO Martin Semmens has revealed the club will be client with Ghanaian protector Mohammed Salisu, following a tough start to his career at St. Mary’s.

Owing to injury and match fitness issues, the 21-year-old is needing to wait longer for his very first look for the Saints, five months after his acquisition.

He joined the Premier League side from La Liga attire Real Valladolid.

” He [Salisu] concerned us with a medical concern and we understood he probably will not play till October,” Semmens informed the BBC.

” From our point of view, we made that decision [to still go ahead with the transfer] That decision is on me, it’s not on him or [Southampton supervisor] Ralph [Hasenhuttl] We made that choice due to the fact that we think he’s going to be a superstar in the future.

” We expected him to be available from the middle of October and in November he was getting on track, then he had a setback that probably pressed him into December.

” Just when he was all set, simply when he was training every day and doing actually well he selected up a muscle injury, I believe after the Fulham video game. So he was ready to play and if fit, Ralph would have chosen him however he chose up a muscle injury. He’s not too far away.

” I think we require to be actually clear here: we are remarkably happy with him as a person and a character. He’s physically excellent and fits our system and Ralph likes dealing with him and he’ll be a terrific gamer in our future.”

Despite signing his Southampton offer in August, Salisu joined the club’s pre-season training a month later, in the week of the commencement of the Premier League.

He made the matchday squad for the very first time in December, going on to make the list 5 more times before going missing out on again due to his most current injury.

” Once again as you referenced he’s 21, he had a tough injury issue, he’s from a foreign country he’s brand-new in this nation in a lockdown environment I believe we need to provide him a shot,” the CEO discussed.

” And again if you listen to Ralph’s press weekly as I do, he’s said the same thing: we probably will not buy players in the future that will be at the level to help us from day one.

” They will require a couple of months perhaps in the season to get to the level where they’re a top-level Premier League gamer.

week in the Premier League it’s going to cost you a great deal of money.

” So our design is to take the brilliant young things from around Europe and improve them and I assure you without any doubt that he [Salisu] will get to that level.”

Salisu’s injury circumstance has actually also lengthened his expected Ghana debut, having turned down his first invitation for a double-header versus South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in 2019.