Southampton forward Kazeem Olaigbe has joined Scottish Premiership side Ross County on loan for the 2022/23 season as he looks to develop his game.

The Belgian youth international was a standout performer for David Horseman’s B team last term, scoring 21 goals in all competitions and was nominated for Premier League 2 player of the season.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is very much aware of Olaigbe’s talent and potential, rewarding the 19-year-old with a place in the squad for the south coast outfit’s FA Cup win at Swansea City in January before the Belgian signed a contract extension to 2024.

The Staggies finished sixth in the Scottish top flight last term and took Saints duo Jake Vokins and Kayne Ramsay on loan last season, while Southampton academy graduate Josh Sims joined in February.

On the deal, Ross County manager Malky Mackay said: “Kazeem [Olaigbe] is a really exciting young talent that we have been aware of for some time. His performances in Premier League 2 saw him nominated for the league’s player of the season.

“He is also a Belgian youth internationalist with Euro finals experience, who takes the next stage of his development in the Scottish Premiership. I would also like to thank Southampton FC for continuing to trust Ross County as a positive place for developing talent.”

Olaigbe represents Belgium his country of birth at the youth level. Born to Nigerian parents, Olaigbe is still eligible to switch his international allegiance in the future.


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