Whilst the opening day for the Southampton first-team was filled with goals for all the wrong reasons, the Saints’ Under-23 side saw the net ripple numerous times for all the right ones.
The South Coast side’s academy team managed to sensationally dispatch Manchester City’s Under-23s by four goals to three on a crazy opening game in the Premier League 2.
Having been 3-2 down with just minutes to play, a quickfire double from young striking prospect Dan N’Lundulu saw the Saints go home with the win under their belt against all odds – the 20-year-old’s two strikes came in the 87th and 93rd minutes.
The youngster’s second goal – the winning strike – is a contender for Goal of the Season already despite coming so soon into the campaign. After the ball was cut back from the right wing, he set himself before whipping a devilish strike into the top left corner of Gavin Bazuna’s goal.
As aforesaid, after the first-team were embarrassed on their opening day game against Burnley, a potential spot in the first-team for N’Lundulu may have gotten even closer.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men lost 3-0 to Sean Dyche’s Clarets at Turf Moor, in a game where Che Adams was particularly ineffective whilst Danny Ings also didn’t manage to trouble Nick Pope’s goalmouth too much on his return to his former side.
Given the Saints’ awful start to the Premier League season, we may see N’Lundulu creep slightly closer to being considered for a place on the bench at least if Hasenhuttl cannot start to turn things around with the players that he already has at his disposal.
The former RB Leipzig boss has even said that he isn’t afraid to blood the younger players in the 2019/20 season having also name-checked the 20-year-old, so we need to keep an eye on N’Lundulu.