Wesley Hoedt joined Celta Vigo this week and spoke confidently about what he can bring to the Spanish club.
He’s on loan from Southampton, and it’s been reported there’s an option to make the move permanent in the summer window.
A regular under Mark Hughes, the Dutchman was then frozen out by Ralph Hasenhüttl when the Austrian took charge at the Saints.
It led to some frustration, and on completing his transfer Hoedt seemed to suggest things weren’t quite right with his Southampton treatment: “It’s been very strange. I played everything. Almost fifty games in a row I was in the starting line up and I played ninety minutes. Until I suddenly came to be at the side of it. I never had a clear explanation.”
Despite that Hoedt insisted he wasn’t looking to prove anyone wrong or seeking revenge: “No, I do not feel that way. What I said: I just want to continue with what I was doing. I did well at Lazio and at Southampton. I want to continue that here.”
The start hasn’t gone very well.
Hoedt has certainly made a mark, the first Celta player to be sent off on his debut since José Guillermo Del Solar in 1996.
The defender picked up two yellow cards, the second for dangerous play, and was sent off, with fans rating him poorly on media close to Celta.
The team lost 2-1 to Real Valladolid.