The loan signing of Kevin Danso in the final days of the English transfer window was a surprising addition to the Southampton squad, yet the Austrian defender has shown early signs of promise.
The 20-year-old who stands at an impressive 6ft 3 has already played three times for the Saints and has also been able to show off his defensive versatility, playing at centre-back in the League Cup against Fulham but being utilised as a left-back in the Premier League as stats from Transfermarkt show.
Although his latest outing in the red and white saw Danso receive a red card for a second bookable offence against Manchester United, the youngster was able to leave a positive impression on the game, assisting defensive partner Jannik Vestergaard for the equalising goal that would ultimately win Southampton a point.
Indeed, the Bundesliga starlet, who is valued on Transfermarkt at £7.2m, has continued his goal-scoring contributions on to the international stage as Danso scored a penalty in Austria U-21’s 3-1 win over Andorra in the first qualifying game of for the U-21 EUROs in 2021, and these big impacts on matches are an encouraging sign of progression.
Having burst onto the scene in the 2017/18 season with Augsburg after becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer, the former MK Dons academy player has seen his career somewhat stall over the past 12 months due to inconsistent performances, yet it seems a move to Southampton has done wonders for Danso.
The 20-year-old has impressed since arriving on English shores, and despite being sent off in his second league game for the Saints, his impact in that match will be what the fans remember most, and his latest achievement on the international stage could seemingly show that Danso is keen to keep progressing in this important period of his footballing career.