In his first feature interview with Southampton’s official club website, new signing Kevin Danso revealed that he is “ready to give 100% for the badge” and cannot wait to get started at St Mary’s.
Danso, who joined Saints on a season-long loan from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg on deadline day, may feature for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this weekend when they make the short trip to Sussex to take on Graham Potter’s Brighton.
Having shipped five goals in their first two league games, Southampton need to strengthen things defensively if they are to challenge for a top-half finish this term, with hopes firmly pinned on Danso to deliver.
The 20-year-old is no stranger to English football, however, he played for MK Dons’ youth academy prior to his move to Germany in 2014, an experience that the Austria international says massively benefited his development as a player.
Now, he looks to forge a successful career in the country’s top-flight, with a permanent move to south coast next summer on the agenda should he impress for the Saints this season.
“I’m just looking to get used to the intensity, because I think it’s the hardest challenge for any player moving here,” he said, speaking to Southampton’s website.
“I’m ready for that challenge and I’m ready to give one hundred per cent for the badge. I’m young and I’m excited.
“Growing up in England, I was watching Match of the Day every weekend. You see the young players every now and then, breaking through and making their Premier League debut, and it just motivates you. I always wanted that to be me.”
Not one central defender in the Saints squad has averaged more tackles per game this season than he did last season (1.4 per WhoScored) and no one was dribbled past fewer times during the same period (0.2), so the stats do at least suggest he can make an impact in their backline.
Danso will obviously have to adapt quickly to his new surroundings if he wants to nail down a starting spot in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-eleven. Still, with the club’s current defensive options looking far from assured in the club’s opening two league games, he certainly has a massive opportunity to establish himself at St Mary’s this season.
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