Date: 25th May 2014 at 5:12pm
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Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka has said he’s enjoyed his loan spell away from Southampton this season at French side Sochaux, and he’s returning to us for pre season training in good confidence and good spirits ready to impress himself on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Speaking to the BBC the 23 year old joined us back in 2012 with a big reputation but it’s fair to say he struggled at St Mary’s in his time with us, making only three starting appearances across all competitions, with a further ten appearances from the bench. In that time he scored once in the League Cup victory over Barnsley.

He’s now ready to change all that in 2014-15 having been a regular at Sochaux, scoring four times in 21 appearances.

‘I won’t consider my first season in England as a failure because I didn’t really get enough opportunities. On a personal note this loan has helped me regain confidence and I can take positives away even though I would have loved for the club to stay up. They gave me a chance to enjoy regular football again. I can only thank the club and wish them well for the future.’

Sochaux were unfortunately relegated at the end of the campaign.

‘Now my primary objective is to go back to Southampton to try and convince the manager that I deserve a chance in the team.’

Mayuka goes on to say that the English league is very different from other leagues in the world, and it’s far more intense and that’s why people want to challenge themselves, especially in the Premier League and he’s confident that if he gets the chance next term, it will be a successful season for him.

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