Southampton have announced their eighth piece of summer transfer business as Dan N’Lundulu joins Lincoln City on loan for the 2021/22 season.
Saints announced earlier that the 22-year-old had been rewarded with a new three-year contract at St Mary’s and will be playing League One football in the upcoming campaign in a bid to take his development to the next level.
Having suffered injury problems that have delayed his breakthrough into the Saints first-team setup, N’Lundulu has clearly impressed coaches at the club to be handed a new deal.
He made 16 first-team appearances in 2020/21 and looked a player of real potential in those matches. He scored his first goal for the club in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town back in January.
Southampton must make more signings to compliment players like N’Lundulu
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Saints have added Theo Walcott and Romain Perraud to their squad permanently so far this summer but they will need more faces to arrive if they are to put solid foundations down for the future.
The likes of N’Lundulu, Ibrahima Diallo and Nathan Tella are the youthful prospects right now but there has to be a level of experience and proven quality to make things work.
A player like Walcott would not have normally been signed by Saints given that he is past the peak of his career, but the way he will help the young players and be committed to the club’s cause. Throw others like Mohammed Salisu in – a player motivated to develop his career with Saints before moving on to bigger things – and things start to look quite good.
Strong rumours remain about the likes of Adam Armstrong and Brandon Williams as potential signings, whilst Danny Ings continues to be linked with other clubs.
There will undoubtedly be more action in terms of incomings and outgoings this off-season and Saints need to make that things work for them, which is what they have done with their transfers so far.