Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are locked in discussion over fresh signing Nathan Tella, who has joined the club’s academy ranks.
The 17-year-old has spent the last few weeks training on the south cast on a trial basis, but has now completed a move form Arsenal that will see him complete his scholarship until the end of the campaign – as confirmed by Southampton’s official club website.
The prodigious winger spent ten years with the Gunners but has now moved onto pastures new, described by Tella himself as his ‘new chapter’, as he looks to progress towards senior football.
Tella has already notched up his first goal for the Saints; netting against Newcastle for the club’s U18s side during his trial period.
Saints punters in the Tavern are nothing short of delighted with the news, largely because they’re far more used to seeing their young players move the other way and further up the table – with defender Calum Chambers making the exact opposite move in summer 2014.
Discussing the switch from Arsenal to St. Mary’s, Tella told the club’s official website; “I am delighted to have signed here. It’s just a relief to know that I have found a place that I can settle down and crack on with my future. I had a really good ten years at Arsenal and I wouldn’t change any of it, but I am looking forward to starting a new chapter here now.”
“I knew this was the place for me. I felt that straight that straight away. The team play the same football that I like to play and the boys are all very team orientated. The players are also really nice people off the pitch and have helped me to settle in quickly – I feel like I have known them all for a while already.”
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