Minamino goes straight into the squad at Newcastle with Hasenhuttl confident he will be as ready to help injury-hit Saints as his last signing from Merseyside – the repatriation of Theo Walcott.
Hasenhuttl said: “I spoke with Jurgen. He said he didn't have the chance to give Minamino enough time to play.
“I'm sure when he played, he did good games and scored a few goals.
“He's a very special player for me - not because of his physical strength but more of his way of playing football.
“He is very quick in his mind, has good decision-making, knows about our pressing style and hopefully a lot of running.
“He knows when you come to me you have to run a lot, but that's not a problem for him.
“Although he didn't play a lot in the past games, he'll also need time to step up - but we had a good experience with Theo, who helped us immediately, and hopefully he does the same."
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