Southampton’s Nathan Tella on Everton Premier League opener

SAINTS start their 2021-22 Premier League marketing campaign with a troublesome journey to Everton however will likely be buoyed by the arrival of latest signings, as Nathan Tella insists: “It’s good that we’re beginning off with a check, it can present how good a pre-season we’ve had.”

Tella, 22, will face stiff attacking competitors from the signings of latest on-loan Chelsea teen Armando Broja and Blackburn Rovers hotshot Adam Armstrong.

Performances will likely be wanted all around the pitch, although, with difficult opponents, on paper, in a gap run of 5 video games that features the Toffees, Manchester United and their rivals City.

Saints’ pre-season led to defeat to Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao, though it was a rotated facet that additionally noticed Tella launched from the bench himself, however had picked up three consecutive wins earlier than that.

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Everton, who will now be managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, suffered a powerful 4-0 defeat to the Red Devils to finish their low season proceedings.

For Tella, Saints’ aim is similar within the face of all opposition, telling the Daily Echo: “No, I feel all of us strategy the sport the identical method we strategy each recreation, and that’s we wish to win each recreation.

“It’s good that have been beginning off with check as a result of it can present how good a pre-season we’ve had. All the boys really feel good, we’re all going into the sport with confidence.

“We’ve had excellent outcomes and performances in pre-season. And now we simply need to take that into the primary recreation of the season.”

Nathan Tella in pre-season motion towards Championship Swansea

He added: “It’s all the time good to select up factors early.

“I really feel like as a staff we’ve simply acquired to know that if we do the appropriate issues, do the fundamentals nicely, we are going to get the outcome – if we work onerous off the ball and make the appropriate choices, that may all handle itself on the day.”

Former Arsenal academy man Tella has made 19 appearances for Saints within the English top-flight, harbouring one aim that got here in a match-winning efficiency towards Fulham again in May.

However, having made his debut post-lockdown in June 2020, the attacker hasn’t ever actually had the chance to play in entrance of a full crowd.

He should wait an additional week earlier than Saints welcome United to expertise a capability St Mary’s, however he’s already admitted to being excited in regards to the prospect – calling the possibilities a “second debut.”

The 22-year-old netted his maiden Premier League aim towards Fulham in May

He mentioned: “That’s good, nearly all of final season we performed all of the video games with none crowd and now we’ve acquired crowds of some kinds, however even in pre-season it wasn’t most capability.

“Now we’ve acquired full stadiums will probably be good to have that buzz once more, will probably be like a brand new debut making my first look once more as I’ve by no means actually performed with 100% capability.

“It will likely be good, I’m trying ahead to it and I do know the boys are as nicely.”

Saints kick off the season at Goodison Park on Saturday August 14, at 3pm.

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