After completing his £10.9m move from Real Valladolid to Southampton in this summer’s transfer window, several Ghanaians were expecting Salisu Mohammed to have been in action immediately for his new club but that expectation has had to be delayed.
Unlike the likes of Jordan Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp who have featured for Crystal Palace and Daniel Amartey who has featured for Leicester City this season, Salisu Mohammed is yet to make a matchday squad in three of Southampton’s games let alone secure a starting berth.
It is a situation that has resulted in his omission from the Black stars squad who are set to face Mali on October 9, 2020, and Qatar on October 12, 2020, because of fitness issues.
But the situation of Salisu Mohammed is likely to change in the coming weeks with Southampton boss, Raph Hasenhuttl indicating that the Ghanaian international is part of his long-term plans and will join the starting eleven in a few weeks to come.
“It may take a few more weeks, maybe [to break into the starting set-up]. 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,” Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live.
“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,” he added.