As the Premier League season approaches I have been asked by a few places to submit a preview for Saints. As I write them, there is a recurring theme that I can’t help but get excited about. How young our squad is.
Humour me if you will, it is unlikely that we will lineup in this respect against City on the 18th August, but still, this is a potential starting XI for Saints:-
Clyne (21) Stephens (18) Cork (23) Shaw (17)
Chambers (17) Ward-Prowse (17) Schneiderlin (22) Lallana (24)
Rodriguez (23) Sharp (26)
Is it misplaced loyalty that I think that this is a pretty good Premier League team?
The future is bright and with Premier League experience the likes of Clyne, Lallana and Rodriguez are going to get better and better. I get the impression that both Ward-Prowse and Shaw will feature heavily this season, while Callum Chambers has had an efficient pre-season without being in the spotlight. In fact it has been the highlight of pre-season so far how well the youth players have performed. How comfortable these players are on the ball will be key to their future development, and their quest for international honours, which many of them will achieve.
In Nigel Adkins I think we have the man to nurture them too, his abundance of positivity enough to give any kid confidence.
If we can stay in the Premier League, and keep this team together, who knows what they will achieve? But remember, ‘You don’t win anything with kids…’