Teenage kicks: Saints set new Premier League record

Daily Echo: LUKE SHAW LUKE SHAW

A LOT has been made this season about Saints’ willingness to promote their own home-grown players.

And further proof, if it were needed, came in the highly encouraging 1-1 home draw against free-scoring Manchester City at the weekend.

Amazingly, Saints ended the game with FOUR 18-year-olds in their side.

Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse have been regulars in Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.

Calum Chambers joined them against City at right back after Nathaniel Clyne was ruled out through injury.

And Harrison Reed was brought in with just a few minutes remaining for his Premier League debut.

It is believed to be the first time in Premier League history that a side has fielded four 18-year-olds at the same time.

Saints were certainly the first to ever field three in a starting XI - when Shaw, Ward-Prowse and Chambers started at West Brom on the opening day of the this season.

For Pochettino to place such faith in youth was another remarkable chapter in Saints’ academy history.

And don’t forget that Saints also fielded a 21-year-old keeper against Manchester City, though with Artur Boruc and Kelvin Davis out injured Pochettino didn’t have much choice but to play Paulo Gazzaniga.

Lest we forget, the youngsters gave as good as they got - if not better - against one of the most expensively-assembled teams in football history.

In the City starting XI were Sergio Aguero (£38m), Fernandinho (£30m), James Milner (£26m), Samir Nasri (£24m), Yaya Toure (£24m), Alvaro Negredo (£20m) and Alexander Kolarov (£19m).

While Saints were bringing on young Reed, City were introducing – off their bench – Edin Dzeko (£27m), Javi Garcia (£16m) and Jesus Navas (£15m).

The fact Saints, whose oldest player was 28-year-old Jose Fonte, were able to have more of the ball than their higher-profile counterparts is a fantastic feat worthy of huge applause.

Indeeed, even though Saints have had some great results this season, Saturday’s - given the circumstances - was probably the best of the lot.

l Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hailed Saints’ peformance at the weekend.

Kompany admitted injury-struck Saints played like a “top side” in fully deserving their 1-1 draw.

That was despite the fact they were without four first choice picks - Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama.

“We started really well,” Kompany said. “Afterwards Southampton were in the game and were actually in control of the game.

“In the end it was hard-fought for and I think any team could have in the end.

“We will look at this and think that we did not get beaten. It was a tough game so wasn’t a bad result.

“It is a very good Southampton team and many teams will lose points here.

“It did feel like a top game, it did feel like we were playing a top side.”

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8:33am Mon 9 Dec 13

EstonianSaint says...

Except James Ward-Prowse is 19.
Except James Ward-Prowse is 19. EstonianSaint

8:59am Mon 9 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

EstonianSaint wrote:
Except James Ward-Prowse is 19.
Oops!
[quote][p][bold]EstonianSaint[/bold] wrote: Except James Ward-Prowse is 19.[/p][/quote]Oops! Santa Retfordia

9:15am Mon 9 Dec 13

devonsaint2 says...

Ricky will be pleased to know he is under 28
Ricky will be pleased to know he is under 28 devonsaint2

9:34am Mon 9 Dec 13

Santa Retfordia says...

If I was the Echo I'd probably take this down before anyone saw it. The rigour of the research is also slightly muddied by the way it's only 'believed' to be be the first time four (well, three) 18-year-olds have played in the same PL team. This sort of suggests someone shouted out to the rest of the office "Anyone remember four 18-year-olds playing together? Nope? Right then, there's a story. Boosh."
If I was the Echo I'd probably take this down before anyone saw it. The rigour of the research is also slightly muddied by the way it's only 'believed' to be be the first time four (well, three) 18-year-olds have played in the same PL team. This sort of suggests someone shouted out to the rest of the office "Anyone remember four 18-year-olds playing together? Nope? Right then, there's a story. Boosh." Santa Retfordia

9:45am Mon 9 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

If you include the bench, Sam G is 18
If you include the bench, Sam G is 18 OSPREYSAINT

10:05am Mon 9 Dec 13

Buddy SFC says...

DO WE CARE whether it was 3 or 4 with a 19 year old ! Manc City didn't even have an English player on the pitch at the end of the game !!!

IT'S THE SOUTHAMPTON WAY !
DO WE CARE whether it was 3 or 4 with a 19 year old ! Manc City didn't even have an English player on the pitch at the end of the game !!! IT'S THE SOUTHAMPTON WAY ! Buddy SFC

11:46am Mon 9 Dec 13

mbetts says...

It showed too, once we equalised City had nothing, we pressed for most of the second half, I can't remember Gazzaniga having too much to do after the break, except his shinned clearance, was a great performance especially by Shaw who absolutely terrorised City down the wing.
It showed too, once we equalised City had nothing, we pressed for most of the second half, I can't remember Gazzaniga having too much to do after the break, except his shinned clearance, was a great performance especially by Shaw who absolutely terrorised City down the wing. mbetts

12:48pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Prit says...

In defense of the Echo, it was also a refreshingly up beat and positive article.
In defense of the Echo, it was also a refreshingly up beat and positive article. Prit

1:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

HUGO A GO GO says...

The most amazing thing for me in this arcticle is the leap out reminder that City paid more for Milner than Toure, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia and Navas !!!

INCREDIBLE !

(p.s great performance on Saturday, thought Saints were first class !!)
The most amazing thing for me in this arcticle is the leap out reminder that City paid more for Milner than Toure, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia and Navas !!! INCREDIBLE ! (p.s great performance on Saturday, thought Saints were first class !!) HUGO A GO GO

2:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

donni1437 says...

HUGO A GO GO wrote:
The most amazing thing for me in this arcticle is the leap out reminder that City paid more for Milner than Toure, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia and Navas !!!

INCREDIBLE !

(p.s great performance on Saturday, thought Saints were first class !!)
If Milner was £26m then it's frightening to think what our English contingent might be worth.
[quote][p][bold]HUGO A GO GO[/bold] wrote: The most amazing thing for me in this arcticle is the leap out reminder that City paid more for Milner than Toure, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia and Navas !!! INCREDIBLE ! (p.s great performance on Saturday, thought Saints were first class !!)[/p][/quote]If Milner was £26m then it's frightening to think what our English contingent might be worth. donni1437

3:55pm Mon 9 Dec 13

s@int Matt says...

I think the stat that should have been shouted about was that of the 14 players on the pitch over 90 mins - 8 were English!
I think the stat that should have been shouted about was that of the 14 players on the pitch over 90 mins - 8 were English! s@int Matt

4:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

JohnItaly says...

Not that Cork is a teenager but a very positive article about him in the football section of The Guardian - "Ten talking points we've learnt from this weekend's action" . Would be a very positive situation if Wanyama had a real struggle to regain his place.
Not that Cork is a teenager but a very positive article about him in the football section of The Guardian - "Ten talking points we've learnt from this weekend's action" . Would be a very positive situation if Wanyama had a real struggle to regain his place. JohnItaly

5:20pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Loved the way Shaw put Milner on his ars'e!
Loved the way Shaw put Milner on his ars'e! Norwegian Saint

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