Momentum is building for the Saints
Southampton approached last night's home game against Norwich unbeaten in their last three games, drawing with Swansea (a game which they should have won, but we'll get to that later) and beating QPR and Newcastle respectively.
November 29th, 2012
That change in form saw them lift out of the relegation zone on Sunday, for the first time this season, before dropping back down to 18th after Villa beat Reading on Tuesday night. They went in knowing that a win will see them vacate the bottom three again, but Norwich certainly didn’t make that easy for them, as they are currently unbeaten in their last six games (now seven).
The Saints finally managed to keep a clean sheet at the weekend, a feat that will no doubt give the defence a much needed confidence boost and, you would have to say that they could have achieved their first clean sheet sooner, if it weren’t for individual errors that undid otherwise very positive team performances.
One of the main reasons for our change of form has been consistency. After 8 games Southampton had used 3 different goalkeepers and struggled to find a back four combination they could stick with. With the introduction of 17 year old Luke Shaw at left back, Saints finally look like they have a combination they can stick with – at least until January, when they can add some much needed quality.
Shaw, who is only 17, is the latest academy product to make the step up to the first team. The highly rated left back has already represented England at Under-16 and 17 level and will surely now be in contention for a call up to the Under 21s since making his debut in the Premier League.
Fellow youngster James Ward-Prowse gave Southampton fans some good news recently when he signed a five year contract with the club. Signing players is key to a club’s success, but having a good youth system and being able to secure your most promising talents for the future is just as important. Ward-Prowse hasn’t featured much in the first team in recent weeks, despite featuring regularly at the beginning of the season. Saints fans shouldn’t be surprised if he goes out on loan for regular first team football as he continues his development.
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