Name: Daniel Nlundulu
Born: 5 February 1999, France
Parent Club: Southampton
Contract Expires: Loan – June 2022
Daniel Nlundulu started his football journey with Chelsea, but swapped Stamford Bridge for St Mary’s when he reached Under 15 level.
He made his senior debut for the Saints debut in October 2020 against Everton and played a further nine times in the Premier League, although that doid total just 157 minutes. His longest appearance came as they lost 2-0 at Leicester in January, as he got 36 minutes. He did play all 90 minutes of their 2-0 win against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, scoring once, and appeared against Arsenal and Bournemouth in the same competition.
He also has a handful of outings for their Under 21 side in the EFL Trophy, with his most notable actions scoring one and creating another as they lost 3-2 to Forest Green Rovers in 2019. He was been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Betis in 2020, due in no small part to his five goals in 10 Premier League 2 matches. Another report suggested he was also coveted by a number of English clubs as he entered the final year of his Saints contract. However, penned a three-year extension to his St Mary’s contract on July 14th 2021, before moving to the Imps on loan for the season.
He is a strong striker with a keen eye for goal, described by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as: “a type of striker we don’t have in our side so far. He gives us physical options, can keep the ball very well. He’s also learned to work hard in front. This was something our youth have to learn and in the past month we were working a lot with the under-23s and with these teams.”
Nlundulu represented England at Under 16 level, and has a brother Gael was once on the books of Portsmouth but now plays in the French third tier for PSG’s reserve team.