Ex-Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Bella-Kotchap a monster talent

Ex-Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has called new Germany international Armel Bella-Kotchap a “monster.”

Bella-Kotchap is only 20, but has already impressed in the Premier League, and will now get his chance at international level.

“He’s a monster,” the Austrian told Bild, ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

“He’s very strong in one-on-one situations and he’s very fast. You can defend well with him. He plays good passes into the final third, even over longer distances.”

Hasenhuttl added: “His heading game can be improved. But it was very impressive how he asserted himself in the strongest league in the world.”

Bella-Kotchap has earned his first call-up to the German senior squad, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder injury in October.