There were high hopes when Southampton signed Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid during the summer, but the young centre-back has endured a torrid debut season thus far.
Fitness and injury issues have prevented the Ghanaian from making a single appearance for either the senior or academy sides during his time with the South Coast club so far.
After Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that the 21-year-old’s current injury is going to keep him out until next month, it seems unlikely that Saints fans will get to see him make an appearance at all this season.
There did seem a possibility that Salisu could make his debut during December after the injury to Jannik Vestergaard but Jack Stephens was preferred to the youngster before a further injury prevented him from making an appearance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, which would’ve perhaps been the ideal time for the 21-year-old to get his first minutes in a Southampton shirt.
Unfortunately for Salisu, if he continues this run of injury and fitness issues for the significant future, he risks following a similar route to former Southampton man Vegard Forren.
The Norwegian international joined Southampton in 2013 but he was sold back to Molde just six months later, having failed to make a single appearance during his time with the Saints and with little explanation as to what had gone wrong.
It is a worrying update from Hasenhuttl that the former Valladolid man is struggling so much with injury, as he was a regular last season in La Liga, making 31 appearances, so it is concerning that he cannot get fit at Southampton.
Although Vestergaard labelled Salisu a “big talent” earlier this season, once the Danish international makes his expected return from injury next month, you would imagine that the 21-year-old would be fourth-choice centre-back in Hasenhuttl’s side, and therefore, regardless of his injury and fitness concerns, it is difficult to see him making an appearance at all this season.
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