Mohammed Salisu has impressed Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in the opening weeks of his career in the English premier league.
His manager isn’t the only man impressed, as the 22-year-old has been linked with a return to Spain to play for Barcelona.
Despite being Southampton’s first summer signing, the former real Valladolid defender had to wait until after December to make his debut for the st. Marys side.
However, Salisu is enjoying a good opening weeks after earning high raves from his manager after their game against Westham united.
Hasenhuttl is confident the Ghanaian centre back has a big future at Southampton and in the premier league, highlighting areas that the player needs to improve.
“On a man, Salisu is very strong. In the duels, he is very nasty because he is on them, that is his game. He still needs to improve with the ball, I think. He is not a [Jannik] Vestergaard yet. We are growing slowly this way. This is not something you learn in one day,” Ralph Hasenhuttl said.
“We are forcing him to play with the ball, not something he has done that often in his career. I am happy for the two centrebacks who have now fo their first clean sheet of the season.
“This is why I wanted him to play against Antonio, his physicality. He has these qualities. Today we had the first game where we could stop him and this was good to see.”
Meanwhile, Spanish publication Los Fichajes has named Mohammed Salisu a potential replacement for the ageing 34-year-old Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.