Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says Callum Slattery will add ‘a bit of everything’ to his midfield after signing the 22-year-old from Southampton.
Slattery made five senior appearances for Southampton and spent part of last season on loan at English League One club Gillingham. He joins Motherwell on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, making his debut in ‘Well’s 2-0 Premier Sports Cup Group F victory over Annan Athletic on Saturday, which sealed progression to the last 16.
Alexander didn’t expect to have Slattery signed from Southampton in time for kick-off against Annan, but says he’ll be an asset to Motherwell: “He will bring a little bit of everything. He is a good passer of the ball and he wants to pass forward and he can also put his foot in. He is what we would call an old-fashioned midfield player.
“We have been speaking to him and Southampton for a while as we tried to get him on board because there was a lot of interest in him. We are really happy that he chose us to take his career onto a new level. That is his first game in pre-season so we have to be careful. He hasn’t even trained with us.
“He only got up last on Friday and then we had to go through all the protocols but we felt that it was a good opportunity to get him into it and give him some game time. He showed some nice touches.
“Sometimes you can wait too long as a new player and that first game builds up in your mind. I spoke to him on Friday and told him that he would be on the bench to get him some minutes. It’s good because he is part of it and chatting with the boys.”
Motherwell’s Premier Sports Cup campaign was not straightforward, losing to rivals Airdrie while Queen’s Park and Queen of the South posed threats before the win over Annan. Alexander was without key men like Bevis Mugabi, Mark O’Hara and Liam Grimshaw for the four matches and they won’t be available for the cinch Premiership start.
The Motherwell boss provided an injury update ahead of next week’s match with Hibs: “They won’t be back. If we can get them into training that would be a bonus. But with the amount of time they have missed, they won’t be ready for next week, unfortunately.
“We didn’t talk about making up for Airdrie. We just knew we wanted to win the group and go through and to do that we knew we had to win the game. For me that was out focus. I didn’t need to tell the players how disappointing last Wednesday was. We all let ourselves down, myself included, and we had to show people the real us.”
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