SAINTS: Bella-Kotchap discusses meteoric rise

By SFC Media time Fri 30 Sep Saints vs Everton
Photo by Matt Watson | Armel Bella-Kotchap

Southampton’s latest international debutant, Armel Bella-Kotchap, discusses his meteoric rise in Saturday’s edition of SAINTS.

The German defender has become a fixture in the Saints backline quicker than even he expected, and saw his fine form rewarded with a first cap for his country at Wembley on Monday night.

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Ahead of Saints’ clash with Everton, Bella-Kotchap also reveals the Premier League legend he’s been seeking advice from, and how he’s settling into life on the south coast away from football.

There’s a lot to catch up on since the last St Mary’s fixture 31 days ago, so there’s plenty for Ralph Hasenhüttl and Franny Benali to discuss in their traditional columns, as well as an in-depth round-up of all the key stories around the club you may have missed.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Antonio Ruediger and Timo Werner attend a Germany training session at DFB-Campus on September 20, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Armel Bella-Kotchap (left) pictured in Germany training with Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner

Find out how Saints are celebrating Black History Month throughout October, and catch up on the latest developments from Southampton FC Women, Saints Foundation and the Academy.

There’s also the usual look back on yesteryear with the help of club historians Duncan Holley and Barry Webb, while Sam Tighe delivers a tactical breakdown of visitors Everton, who crucially claimed their first win of the season last time out against West Ham.

As always, to ensure there’s something for all ages, the popular Junior Members quiz gives our younger fans something to get their teeth into at half time and the chance to test their knowledge of their beloved Saints.

Supporters can pick up their Everton programme online or from one of the numerous sellers outside St Mary’s and inside the stadium concourse this weekend, enhancing your matchday experience for just £3.50.


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