Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will undoubtedly strengthen his squad with new signings before the start of the Premier League season.
Until such time though, the Southampton youth academy will fulfil it's promise of producing players worthy of the first team, again.
With only Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic as new signings, and with Dejan Lovren looking increasingly likely to follow Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw out of the club, it has been left to the productive academy to fill the spaces during pre season.
Of those involved so far during Southampton's preparations, Harrison Reed, Sam McQueen, Lloyd Isgrove and Matt Targett have been particularly impressive whilst staking their claim for a spot in the squad for the season ahead.
Reed has looked sharp in midfield alongside another academy product in James Ward-Prowse, whilst Targett has almost seamlessly filled the void left by Luke Shaw.
McQueen may have just caught the eye a little more though, with two goals in three pre season games underlining the talent that the Saints have to call upon.
Koeman happy with progress
Following a 1-0 win over Swindon Town on Monday night, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman threw his weight behind the next set of up-and-coming stars from the system that has produced Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“It’s a good chance for the youngsters. I’m happy with their performances – they’ve shown their qualities." he told the club's official website.
The season ahead
During the next couple of matches, the Southampton line-up for the forthcoming season should start to take shape, and those called upon will certainly be able to call upon plenty of experience in the process of making the step up from their teammates.
Calum Chambers, Ward-Prowse and Sam Gallagher all featured frequently in and around the first team last season and held their own more than well.
With the next set of potential stars starting to rear their heads, Southampton supporters will look forward to worshipping a squad full of locally produced talent, who have emerged from a system which is envied by most if not all of the world.
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