Southampton striker Dan N’Lundulu has sent a message to Saints youngsters after scoring the first goal of his loan spell with Lincoln City.
The 22-year-old started and found the net in Lincoln’s 2-1 victory away at Wigan on Tuesday and seems to have gained a lot from his spell up North. He has 12 appearances across all competition so far and will be hoping for more in the rest of the 2021/22 season.
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live about the value of taking a loan move to League One, N’Lundulu said:
"“I knew this was going to be a challenge. Many footballers that are playing in the Premier League now have gone through these steps and it’s a great opportunity. Every day I am learning.”"
N’Lundulu can take League One experiences into next season for Southampton
N’Lundulu will be wanting to score more goals and get more starts under his belt between now and May but this temporary spell with Lincoln will surely pay off for him in the future.
He showed some bright moments in his 16 senior appearances for Southampton last season but the next step is to break in to a first-team at any level and become a key player.
A couple of minor injuries have stopped him from perhaps appearing in more Lincoln fixtures but there are still plenty of opportunities to come considering that there is still over half of the campaign to go.
Lincoln have had a solid start to this season and sit in 12th in the League One table – exactly halfway in the standings and just five points away from the play-off places at the time of writing.
They will need their players to step up during a the hectic schedule over Christmas that will surely see the table move further towards its final look, and N’Lundulu will need to be ready when his chances come.
As his loan spell with Lincoln was announced back in the summer, Southampton also confirmed that the striker had signed a new contract with the club until 2024 in a bid to show their faith in N’Lundulu’s potential.