NFF chief scout keen on Southampton youngster

Southampton 21-year-old forward Nathan Tella has hit the radar of the Nigerian Football Federation as the attacker is yet to make an international appearance.

Super Eagles chief scout, Tunde Adelakun, has located his latest target as Tella who has broken into the Saints’ first-team this season, has never played international football at any level in his career thus far.

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Tella playing for SOTON: Image supplied by The Daily Mail.

Born to Nigerian parents and raised in England, the bright prospect has impressed under head coach, Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Since making his senior debut after project restart against Norwich as the Saints romped to a 3-0 victory at Carrow Road, Tella has become a regular option off the bench since then to the point where his squad number at the beginning of the season changed from 52 to 23, signaling his potential importance with the likes of Shane Long being eased out slowly.

Adelakun told the BBC the level of intent Nigerian football has in recruiting the best eligible players from all over the world.

“In Southampton, I am still watching Nathan Tella, it’s great to see he’s now making starts in the Premier League.”

“The main aim is to get the best players to play for Nigeria. It doesn’t matter whether he is based in Europe or Nigeria. We want the best players,” he added.

Tella started his football foundation at the Arsenal academy before calling St Mary’s home when he left in 2017.