Southampton’s winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana, has struggled to maintain consistent performance since his arrival in England, prompting speculation about manager Russell Martin’s growing frustration with the young talent. The Saints, in the relegation zone in January, took a significant risk by investing £22m in the 20-year-old from Rennes. However, Sulemana couldn’t prevent the team’s relegation to the Championship, adding to the challenges of adapting to a new country and the Premier League.
Despite actively seeking a departure in the summer, Sulemana remained at Southampton and has failed to make a significant impact in the Championship under Martin. The disappointment of being demoted to the Championship likely played a role in his desire to leave, with Everton attempting a late move that ultimately fell through due to Southampton’s £30m valuation. Despite Sulemana handing in a transfer request, the winger stayed with the Saints, starting nine Championship games without finding the net.
The situation worsened for Sulemana after suffering a significant injury, as confirmed by Martin after Southampton’s victory over Bristol City. Journalist Dean Jones emphasized that Sulemana, earning £40k-a-week, needs to demonstrate his potential more consistently.
Jones acknowledged the player’s special talent and suggested that despite current stats not reflecting it, he remains one of the team’s best players. If Sulemana becomes available for transfer, Jones believes numerous clubs will be interested, highlighting the need for the winger to showcase his abilities more frequently.
Russell Martin, while acknowledging Sulemana’s potential, is likely frustrated by the lack of tangible results. Despite possessing significant talent, the winger’s statistics do not align with his potential, leaving Saints eager to witness the best version of him. Jones hints at the possibility of patience running thin, as Southampton aims to secure a swift return to the Premier League.
Looking ahead to January, the article suggests uncertainty regarding Sulemana’s future and speculates on potential player movements. With the possibility of promotion, some players might seek a quicker return to a top league. Notable cases include Che Adams, whose contract expires next summer, potentially prompting Southampton to consider a sale to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Kyle Walker-Peters also attracts interest from various clubs, including Fulham, Lens, and Roma, indicating a potential reshuffling of Martin’s squad in the upcoming transfer window.