Despite seeing his Saints side bow out of the Carabao Cup at the first opportunity - losing 2-0 against Brentford - Ralph Hasenhüttl said he was encouraged by the performance of Nathan Tella, who made his full Saints debut.
The 21-year-old played 84 minutes, in a largely disappointing Saints effort, but the Austrian was more than satisfied by the impact his young winger had on the match.
Speaking to Total Saints, ahead of the Premier League game versus Spurs, Hasenhüttl said:
"I think he was very intense in the game, he had a lot of high-speed running and also a few good situations. The final pass or the final finish was not there. I think this he has to learn but, for the first time, I think it was OK."
When pressed about the potential Tella has to play a regular part in the Premier League squad, the Saints manager added, "absolutely, I was not disappointed about him. We cannot expect that they (the young players) lift us, we have to give them a team where they can swim with us and try to adapt to the quality we have."
With options somewhat limited in the Senior squad at the moment, Tella also appeared for the final 22 minutes of Saints frustrating 5-2 loss to Jose Mourinho's side - a game which saw Saints end the first week of the season with 3 defeats from 3.
TSP - Did you know?
Nathan Tella was born in England, but is of Nigerian descent. He joined Saints in April 2017 - having spent 10 years with Arsenal. He recently (July 2020) extended his contract with the Club, which now expires in July 2023.
Article by Ben Stanfield
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