23-year-old Southampton star sends a stunning message as he reacts to big Nathan Tella’s incredible moment…

Nathan Tella plies his trade for Bayer Leverkusen following summer Southampton switch.

Will Smallbone has reacted to former Southampton teammate Nathan Tella’s big moment from last weekend’s football action.

Tella departed the Saints near the end of the summer transfer window after initially helping the club get off to a good start in the Championship this campaign.

The winger contributed one goal and one assist from three appearances in the second tier of English football before signing for German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

The deal was worth a reported £20 million to the south coast club, who cashed in on significant interest in the talented forward just days before the window shut.

Tella scored his first ever league goal for the Bundesliga giants on Sunday as the team romped to a 4-0 win over Union Berlin.

How has Will Smallbone reacted to Nathan Tella’s big Bayer Leverkusen moment?

Tella posted a message on social media commemorating the major milestone in his career.

The 24-year-old expressed his delight at getting off the mark at his new club, claiming it was a particularly sweet way to go into the November international break, where he will represent Nigeria.

“Great way to go into the international break,” wrote Tella, via Instagram.

“Happy to score my first Bundesliga goal.”


Smallbone, who will represent Ireland in November’s international break, responded to his former teammate’s achievement with three smiling face with heart-eyes emojis.

Both players came through the ranks of the Southampton academy system around the same time, so will know each other quite well.

The pair spent last season out on loan away from St. Mary’s, with Tella playing a key role in Burnley’s promotion to the top flight and Smallbone becoming an important member of the Stoke City first team squad.

It was hoped both could have a big impact in Russell Martin’s squad upon their return to the club, but Tella earned a big money move away from the club.

Where are Southampton in the Championship table?

Southampton cemented their place in fourth position in the Championship table with an important 2-1 win over West Brom on Saturday.

Goals from Smallbone and Adam Armstrong secured all three points, despite a 65th minute equaliser from Kyle Bartley for the visitors.

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