Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals Mohammed Salisu still lacks fitness for Premier League debut
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Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals Mohammed Salisu still lacks fitness for Premier League debut

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu still has his work cut out before making his Premier League debut, Ghanasoccernet reported.

Hasenhuttl insists that Salisu is talented but needs to be given a few weeks to perfect his fitness to the Premier League standard.

The 21-year-old made the move to Southampton from La Liga side Real Valladolid following his impressive exploits last season.

"It may take a few more weeks, maybe [to break into the starting set-up],” Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live."

“After the next international break [in October], I hope to have him in the first eleven. He has good drive and is a very ambitious guy,"

"He is working hard on his fitness at the moment after a long break from injury and there are a few issues we must work on but you can see his physicality.”

"The potential he has is amazing and he wants to learn quickly. He is exactly the type of player that we need to have here.

"We have very clear and strict limits on any transfer we make. We have to have a player that really likes to come to us for money we can spend.

"If we find such a player then I am sure he will enjoy it and develop very quickly when he is with us."

"He will not be a short-term project, he will be more of a long-term project. Therefore I think he was a fantastic transfer."

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