Shane Long

  • Shane Long
  • Age29
  • Apps71
  • Contract2018/06/30
  • Height5ft 11in (1.80m)
  • PositionForward

Long signed a four-year contract with Southampton on the 14th August 2014 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12 million.

Three days later, he made his first appearance for the club, replacing fellow debutant Dušan Tadić for the final 16 minutes of a 2–1 defeat at Liverpool in Southampton’s opening game of the league season.

Long scored his first Southampton goal against Stoke City in the League Cup Cup on 29th October, putting his team 2–0 up in a 3–2 victory.

He scored his first league goals for the club with a brace in a 2–0 win over Leicester City, having come on as a substitute for Sadio Mané with 22 minutes remaining.

On 16th May 2015, Long assisted teammate Sadio Mané twice inside three minutes as the latter scored the fastest ever hat-trick in the history of the Premier League during the first half of a 6–1 demolition of Aston Villa. Later on in the first half, Long himself scored twice to give the Saints a 5–0 lead five minutes from half-time. The second of these efforts was a 35-yard lob which was named as Southampton’s Goal of the Season.

In his first appearance the following season, Long scored Southampton’s final goal in a 3–0 victory over Dutch opponents Vitesse Arnhem in the first leg of the Europa League third round Qualifying game at St Mary’s Stadium.

He scored his first Premier League goal of the season on the opening weekend, coming off the bench against Newcastle to head the score level, bringing the game to 2–2.

On 26th December 2015, Long scored two goals against Arsenal in a game that ended 4–0 to Southampton.

Further reading: Wikipedia