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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl happy with Tella in Leeds defeat

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy with Nathan Tella in defeat to Leeds.

Hasenhuttl was pleased with how the youngster never dropped his head.

Hasenhuttl said: “It was not easy I think but in a few moments he showed that he is definitely, in the 10 position, an alternative.

“He caused more threats than the other 10s in the moment.

“This is where I really get what I expected - that he doesn't decide a game immediately. It was also not so surprising.

“But he had the chances to do it. I think he must work on his finish - it can be better.

“And physically, the Premier League is a high level."

Tella's form was rewarded when he penned a fresh deal at St Mary's last July, keeping him at the club until at least 2023.

His first league start came during Saints' miserable run of top-flight form, which has now stretched to one point from a possible 24 in the division.

Asked whether the promising forward had the mentality to step up for Saints during this difficult run, Hasenhuttl replied: “He's not afraid of going in the duels – in the one-against-one.

“He takes responsibility and this is what you have to do as a young player and the rest you learn."

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