After a long wait, Saints’ new striker Guido Carrillo cannot wait to get started at St Mary’s after signing on the dotted line on Thursday evening.
The 26-year-old, who joins from AS Monaco on a club-record fee, was quick to express his delight when speaking for the first time as a Southampton player.
“It’s a great feeling to be a part of this club," he said. "Transfer windows can sometimes be tricky for players because time goes by and sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you hope.
“Luckily I am here now, I am very happy and I’m ready to get going. The facilities look incredible, it is something that I’ve never seen before. I like it a lot and I can’t wait to get to work here.”
Following a three-and-a-half year spell in Ligue 1, the Argentinian is keen to prove himself at last in the Premier League at a club that received shining references from former team-mates around Europe.
“Lots of things attracted me to the club. I know Southampton from watching the Premier League from when I was small and I’ve always regarded it as the most important league in the world. I had no doubts when I took the decision.”
Whatever the forward brings to his new home, it will be based first on commitment and a desire to do the very best for his team-mates.
“I am someone that will give my all, try my hardest and do whatever is asked of me by the manager. I am an attacking player than can lead the line and bring others into play. I like to be active in and around the box to put away chances which for strikers is clearly the most important thing.
“Southampton have had a lot of games in a short space of time and if you look at the table, six points separates seven or eight teams in the table. Hopefully we can win two or three games in a row and keep going that way.
“I will show what I am about, I think we have good players and I think we can improve things.”