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The Southampton academy has proved extremely valuable in maintaining the Saints Premier League status and it's not just the current crop of youngsters who are proving to be Premier League quality. 

Wayne Bridge, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale were all products of the Saints academy, and the current side is packed with home-grown talent that manager Mauricio Pochettino has helped infuse the team with. 

Eight of the current first-team squad are products of the youth academy and the Argentine boss, who promised to help bring these players through upon his arrival last season, has stuck to his word. 

Luke Shaw, one of the Premier league's hottest prospects, has already been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea. The Saints left-back is just 18-years-old and has already played 26 times for the club. 

Callum Chambers, an 18-year-old midfielder, has already made three appearances, two of which came in the league. Another trusted prospect is James Ward-Prose. The midfielder has already made six league appearances as well as another six in both cup competitions. 

Pochettino obviously has faith in the youngsters and with Southampton in their second season back in the top flight, it's a risky move. 

However another example of faith in the academy is club captain Adam Lallana. The Saints midfielder, aged 26, came through the ranks at the club starting in the Championship, then down to League 1 and then up to the Premier League.

Lallana made 80 appearances in League 1, 87 in the Championship and has now made 25 appearances in the Premier League. 

The St Mary's side look strong again this season but avoided relegation last campaign by just five points. Pochettino will need to improve on last season but with such promising talent being brewed at the club, the Argentine may not need to spend big to keep the Saints up. 

Southampton travel to Carrow Road on Saturday to play Chris Houghton's Norwich City. Rickie Lambert and company already have one win and a draw compared to Norwich's one win and one loss. 

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