The Southampton fans here are always proud to talk about their academy and work with young players, and with the U21 European Championships showing on the screens here in the Football Transfer Tavern, they are getting every chance to do so.
In Aidy Boothroyd’s side there are four Saints players; captain James Ward-Prowse, defender Jack Stephens and full-back Matt Targett from their famed academy, as well as winger Nathan Redmond who joined from Norwich last summer.
Furthermore, there is another academy graduate in the squad, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers who left the club in 2014.
However, the talked centred around just two of those from the south coast as the Three Lions came from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1 and go top of their group ahead of the final round of games.
Swansea defender Alfie Mawson’s second half goal got things back on level terms before Ward-Prowse and Redmond combined for a fantastic 81st minute winner in Poland.
A superb ball from the Saints midfielder found the former Norwich man out wide before he cut in and rattled off a fine finish to take all three-points, and fans on Twitter have taken notice…
— Kristian (@SFC_Kristian) June 19, 2017
How about Ward-Prowse’s assist Beauty of a pass! #saintsfc
— Katie Ball (@KatieBall3) June 19, 2017
Great Ball From JWP and great finish from Nathan…proud or what
— KjasKaren (@KjasSaint) June 19, 2017
Nathan Redmond and James Ward Prowse are some of the most underrated players in the league. Both very good players
— ️️ (@VintageCoutinho) June 20, 2017
Becoming the player I knew you would buddy. Keep it up. #redandwhitelion
— Les’s Lamborghini (@saintbannerman) June 19, 2017
Great ball lad pic.twitter.com/bFqKzHDTXr
— Kieran Kater (@kierannkater98) June 20, 2017