Southampton announced via the club’s official Twitter account on Sunday that four academy players had signed new contracts, and Saints fans seemed pleased that Dan N’Lundulu in particular had penned fresh terms.
😇 Academy update 😇#SaintsFC is pleased to confirm that four young players have agreed fresh terms! 👏
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 7, 2019
The 20-year-old has extended his stay at St Mary’s until 2020, and has been joined in committing his future to the club by Nathan Tella, Oludare Olufunwa and Kieran Freeman.
The striker actually missed the first half of last season through injury, but bounced back to score some important goals – including the opener for the U23s in their PL2 play-off victory against their Newcastle United counterparts in May.
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His impressive performances have seen him get the chance to train with the first-team under Ralph Hasenhuttl, and he was filmed setting up a goal for new boy Che Adams in training last week as well as being named in the 26-man squad for the pre-season trip to Austria.
Speaking to southamptonfc.com about the new deal, N’Lundulu said: “I’m working hard with the Under-23s, but of course I want to earn a shot at the first-team. This is one of the biggest seasons of my life and I’m ready to take my chance.”
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Saints supporters on social media certainly seem happy about the news, with one labelling him as “class” and another calling him a “superb talent”.
The news even garnered reaction from a Brazilian Saint, whose comment translated said the centre-forward was “ace”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Boom. N'Lundulu is a superb talent. Going to be a star. Pleased for you too @oludareolufunwa Big year for you. Good Luck mate.👍👍
— Ralph's Revolution (@saintbannerman) July 7, 2019
Seen ndundulu play he’s class
— moussa_djenepo (@tobymacklin) July 7, 2019
So pleased for Dan N’Lundula impressed every time I see him exciting talent and with the guidance of Ralph I think Dan can be a Star
— Les (@Lessfc) July 7, 2019
N’Lundulu é liso demais. Craque. https://t.co/M4jYi79T50
— Bruno Bezerra (@brunobez_) July 7, 2019
— ً (@sfcvche) July 7, 2019
N'Lundulu and Tella looked decent from what I saw of them last season for the U23's. Hopefully they will get a chance to shine under Ralph for the 1st team at some point this coming season! 🙂 https://t.co/gVbZYJMzfj
— Chris Payne (@ChrispyP87) July 7, 2019