Big Sam hails Saints youth set-up

Daily Echo: Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has hailed Saints as England’s leaders when it comes to producing young talent.

Both Saints and West Ham have a long and rich heritage of bringing youngsters through their youth system and into the first teams.

Ahead of the teams meeting at Upton Park tomorrow, Allardyce, pictured below, heaped praise on Saints for the way they have developed their youngsters.

He said: “We would look at Southampton and say that they are the main club in the country at the moment for producing their young players. “Irrespective of the players that they’ve sold, they’ve still got some outstanding young Premier League players. Probably more than anyone else in the country at the moment.”

The Hammers go into tomorrow’s game still without Andy Carroll, who is serving the last of a three match ban, but on an excellent run of form. They have won three in a row and kept four clean sheets on the bounce, which has lifted them into midtable.

“I think that from a clean sheet point of view it’s always been there until we had our real injury problems in December and January,” said Allardyce.

“Prior to that, we started the season with six clean sheets out of ten games. We had that spell where lots of players were injured, in defence particularly, and we lost that solid base.

“Our problem prior to that was scoring goals to win matches, to get more points and now the squad is bigger, better and fitter, we’re putting both ends together. We’re keeping clean sheets, scoring goals and I think that’s been a huge turnaround for the whole squad, the team and the club at this stage.

“There’s now quite a few players in the squad that haven’t started and want to start. It gives more competition for places.

“We’ve got Winston Reid who can’t get back in the side at the moment. Our new signings can’t get a game because since they’ve been here we haven’t lost a game. They’re finding it hard to get in from a starting basis because the players that are in at the moment are doing a fantastic job.

“They all need to be in it together because of what will happen between now and the end of the season and they will all play a part.

“We play Southampton on Saturday and that will be a tough game and a big test for us. “We’re a long way from being safe, a long way.

“There’s a long way to go in terms of trying to get safe so we must try and maintain the good run of results we’ve had over the last few weeks.”

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8:02am Fri 21 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Saints have a better youth set up and a better first team squad than West Ham, so COYR!!!
Saints have a better youth set up and a better first team squad than West Ham, so COYR!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 10

9:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

What heactuallysaid was.
Nah you don't need an academy, it's a waste of money. You just need a couple of nasty cheats like Nolan and Carrol and then you tell everybody to give it a big hoof. You also hope that you get a ref who hasn't got a clue about all the cheating and diving and moaning and every now and then you pick up some points. We've got 2 out of those three this week but as the ref is even moe incompetent than most we think we have a good chance.
What heactuallysaid was. Nah you don't need an academy, it's a waste of money. You just need a couple of nasty cheats like Nolan and Carrol and then you tell everybody to give it a big hoof. You also hope that you get a ref who hasn't got a clue about all the cheating and diving and moaning and every now and then you pick up some points. We've got 2 out of those three this week but as the ref is even moe incompetent than most we think we have a good chance. Clever Dick
  • Score: 14

9:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

bigfella says...

Used to enjoy watching West Ham, not any more and we can thank Sam for that. Like others have said on other reports I'd LOVE to win this game, almost as much as any other this season. My reason is the most chippy nasty player in the league, Kevin Nolan. Horrible little s**t!! In the ref's ear from the first second, everything I dislike about football is him, spiteful, the list is endless!

I'll be tough, gonna stick my neck out for a dull dirty 1-0 win for SFC
Used to enjoy watching West Ham, not any more and we can thank Sam for that. Like others have said on other reports I'd LOVE to win this game, almost as much as any other this season. My reason is the most chippy nasty player in the league, Kevin Nolan. Horrible little s**t!! In the ref's ear from the first second, everything I dislike about football is him, spiteful, the list is endless! I'll be tough, gonna stick my neck out for a dull dirty 1-0 win for SFC bigfella
  • Score: 18

10:38am Fri 21 Feb 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Big Sam loves our academy players

But he couldn't eat a whole one
Big Sam loves our academy players But he couldn't eat a whole one There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 10

10:41am Fri 21 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

That's what it's like to be Wet Spam, that's what it's like to be Saints.
You've got Carroll but we've got Rickie Lambert, Rickie Lambert .........
That's what it's like to be Wet Spam, that's what it's like to be Saints. You've got Carroll but we've got Rickie Lambert, Rickie Lambert ......... Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 1

12:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

Big Sam is one of the leaders in the league in spending money on a losing hoof ball system. Andy Carroll, what a huge waste of money.
Big Sam is one of the leaders in the league in spending money on a losing hoof ball system. Andy Carroll, what a huge waste of money. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 4

1:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SwedeSaint says...

His access to football youth development should blocked at every opportunity.
His access to football youth development should blocked at every opportunity. SwedeSaint
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

lowemustgo says...

All I hope for from this game is to come away without any more injuries and no incidents with Clutterbug!
All I hope for from this game is to come away without any more injuries and no incidents with Clutterbug! lowemustgo
  • Score: 3

2:49pm Fri 21 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

We all know that the SAINTS Academy is the best in the country.Today it was reported in at least one of the national newspapers that Man Utd are interested in our young midfielder Harrison Reed.
Regarding the West Ham match i cant see their goalkeeper performing as well again for them as he did earlier this season at S TMARYS when we should have hammered them.
3-0 TO THE SAINTS this time round.Mind you we will have to shake off the lethargy of last weeks performance against Sunderland.All the talk of a repeat of 1976 and that a good cup run would guarantee places on the plane to Brazil for many of our players.Well on last weeks forrm the only player who looked certain of a trip to Brazil this summer was Guly Do Prado.Hopefully a one way ticket to a fourth tier Brazilian team because I am afraid that he just doesn't cut it at premiership level.I hope that Mo Po realises that at long last.But lets forget about the FA CUP for now.ONWARDS AND UPWARDS IN THE LEAGUE-.LOOK OUT EUROPE SAINTS ARE ON THEIR WAY.
COYR
We all know that the SAINTS Academy is the best in the country.Today it was reported in at least one of the national newspapers that Man Utd are interested in our young midfielder Harrison Reed. Regarding the West Ham match i cant see their goalkeeper performing as well again for them as he did earlier this season at S TMARYS when we should have hammered them. 3-0 TO THE SAINTS this time round.Mind you we will have to shake off the lethargy of last weeks performance against Sunderland.All the talk of a repeat of 1976 and that a good cup run would guarantee places on the plane to Brazil for many of our players.Well on last weeks forrm the only player who looked certain of a trip to Brazil this summer was Guly Do Prado.Hopefully a one way ticket to a fourth tier Brazilian team because I am afraid that he just doesn't cut it at premiership level.I hope that Mo Po realises that at long last.But lets forget about the FA CUP for now.ONWARDS AND UPWARDS IN THE LEAGUE-.LOOK OUT EUROPE SAINTS ARE ON THEIR WAY. COYR CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Independence for Marchwood says...

Come on Palace!

I would just LOVE IT if we go above United tomorrow.
Come on Palace! I would just LOVE IT if we go above United tomorrow. Independence for Marchwood
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Totally Oblivious says...

Saints will have to be very physical tomorrow. Match 'em all the way before winning with football totally alien to them.West Ham are the worst advert there could be for the Premier League, utter disgrace. Just hope we don't pick up any injuries, especially world cup hopefuls.
COYR!
Saints will have to be very physical tomorrow. Match 'em all the way before winning with football totally alien to them.West Ham are the worst advert there could be for the Premier League, utter disgrace. Just hope we don't pick up any injuries, especially world cup hopefuls. COYR! Totally Oblivious
  • Score: 4

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