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Southampton target Mohammed Salisu produces fine showing for Real Valladolid

Southampton are in need of defensive reinforcements this month – they are amongst the leakiest sides in the Premier League.

After 21 games of the campaign, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have conceded 38 goals, which is the second-most in England’s top-flight behind 20th-place Norwich.

Southampton are, at least, trying to amend this problem it seems, as Sky Sports report that the south coast side are interested in signing Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, who is believed to have been scouted by the Saints already this season.

The 20-year-old reportedly has a €12m (£10.2m) release clause in his contract with the Spanish side, which is said to make Salisu an ‘attractive prospect’.

If that relatively low figure wasn’t attractive enough, the Real Valladolid No.27’s latest outing against Leganes may well have left Hasenhuttl salivating over what Salisu could bring to his side.

The centre-back recorded a 7.2 match rating for his performance against Leganes, in which he grabbed an assist for Enes Ünal’s crucial equaliser that ultimately won Valladolid a point in La Liga.

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As well as that set-up, Salisu also successfully won three tackles, while making two clearances and an interception.

He also completed one successful dribble, and finished the game with a pass completion rate of 87.8% – he made 49 passes in total.

Furthermore, Salisu’s one and only attempted cross was an accurate one, while six of his attempted eight long balls found a teammate – it truly was an impressive performance from the Southampton target who also had 63 touches of the ball on a day where he was influential at both ends of the pitch.

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It remains to be seen whether or not Southampton submit an offer for the Ghanaian centre-back, although one presumes that Hasenhuttl and his coaching staff would not have been put off one bit by the thought of signing Salisu had they watched his performance against Leganes.

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