Southampton captain Jason McCarthy lifts Under 21 Premier League Cup (Picture: Getty Images)
What sets Southampton apart from other clubs these days is their investment in youth.
Enough has been said about it now and it is common knowledge that the Saints Academy is the best in Britain, and has been for some years.
Often people will point out though that the Southampton youth sides don’t win anything ‘so can’t be that good’, but in comparison to the youth teams of say Chelsea or Manchester City, the coaching staff of the Southampton Under 21’s are constantly losing their best players to the first team.
In last night’s Under 21 Premier League Cup final that was evident as Southampton faced off against Blackburn Rovers with nine players who have represented the senior side at some point either in this season or last.
Paulo Gazzaniga, Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Dominic Gape, Harrison Reed, Sam…
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