22-year-old Spanish international forward, Juanmi joined Saints on 16th June from La Liga side Málaga.
Juanmi - full name Juan Miguel Jiménez López – was born in the Spanish town of Coín, near Málaga, on 20th May 1993.
He joined Málaga at an early age and broke into the first team towards the end of the 2009/9 season, at the age of 16. He came on as a substitute for his debut and scored, making him the club's youngest ever goal scorer.
He had to wait until early in the next season, before he made his first full appearance, against Real Zaragoza, where he scored twice in a 5-3 win.
Although representing Spain at U16, U17 and U19 levels, he found games at club level hard to come by under manager, Manuel Pellegrini (now managing Manchester City).
Juanmi spent half a season on loan with second-division side Racing Santander, but failed to score in 19 appearances as the club was relegated.
The following 2013/14 season he found himself back at Málaga playing under a new manager. Juanmi then had to wait until October for his first team chance, but was regularly involved from then on, scoring 5 goals in 24 appearances.
It was the following 2014/15 campaign that really saw Juanmi finally arrive, scoring 8 times, including the winner in a 1-0 away game against the mighty Barcelona.
On 23rd March this year he found himself included in the Spanish squad for a EURO 2016 qualifying game against Ukraine and then a friendly with Holland. Having been an unused substitute for the first game, he then played 62 minutes of the Dutch game.
Juanmi leaves Málaga having played 95 games and scored 21 goals during six seasons.
Les Reed was quoted as saying: “Juanmi is a young, exciting and attacking player who fits into the club’s strategic plan perfectly"
Previous Club: Malaga
- 2015-16 News
Saints win the last match of the season
In what was ultimately a party atmosphere, Saints qualified for the Europa League by finishing in 5th place, equal on points with Manchester United, but ahead on goal difference. That could change, with the Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth game abandoned. If ManU win, or draw the rearranged game, then Saints will finish 6th, which is still a Europa League qualifying place.
Heck of a way to end the season.
- Premier League
- Europa League
- Saints won the Qualifying Round 3 against Vitesse 5-0 on aggregate.
In the Play Off Round Saints faced Danish Champions, Midtjylland. The first leg was played on Thursday 20th August at St.Mary’s, ending in a 1-1 draw.
The decisive return match was on Thursday 27th August in Denmark, which ended in a poor 1-0 loss and ultimate exit from the competition.
- The League Cup
- Saints drew MKDons away on Wednesday 23rd September, which ended in a straightforward 6-0 win.
The next round was on Wednesday, 28th October at home to Aston Villa. This was a more comfortable win than the scoreline suggests
The final outing in this season’s League Cup was at home when Saints were comprehensively thrashed by Liverpool
- The FA Cup
- Well, that was short and not very sweet.
Saints faced Crystal Palace in the 3rd round of the 2015/16 FACup, but lost 1-2 on the day.
- 2015-16 Signings
- Saints signed nine players this season. Two on loan and seven on long term contracts. Read more about them by clicking the button.
- Kelvin's Testamonial
- Kelvin is retiring after being central to the club's rise through the divisions. Saints awarded him that rare thing these days, a testimonial which enabled him to have a great evening with current and past colleagues, while raising a lot of money for charity.