There is no denying the fact that Southampton currently sit within a precarious position in the Premier League table. Although Ralph Hasenhuttl has certainly managed to improve things on the south coast, he will know his side can not afford to drop any more points in their efforts to remain in the top-flight.
One thing that the Austrian manager has managed to do at the club better than some of his predecessors is to bring through some of the youth from the academy ranks – an academy rank that has produced a number of talented players in the past.
However, it appears he has his eyes on a youngster performing well for one of England’s League Two outfits.
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According to a report by The Daily Mirror, MK Don’s youngster Recoe Martin is thought to have impressed Southampton with his performances.
The 18-year-old has been prolific for the League Two outfit’s developmental squad, having hit five goals in his last outing for the side.
However, Newcastle United and Norwich City are also thought to be interested in the wonderkid who has been dubbed the next Dele Alli, who is yet to sign a professional deal.
With Hasenhuttl appearing to favour youth in his managerial methods, with Yan Valery certainly excelling in his chance at Southampton, a move for Martin would not necessarily be too surprising for the Saints.
With the academy that they already have at the club and their ability to develop players into some excellent prospects, a move to the club may benefit the teenager in the long-term future.
Obviously, being dubbed the next Dele Alli will have put some expectation on the player and that is something that many would have to be careful with as the pressure it can bring may not aide his development.
However, with the club’s current position in the Premier League a little precarious at the moment, the interest from Norwich and Newcastle, who could both be in the top-flight next season, may appeal more to Martin.
Southampton fans, what do you make of the links surrounding Martin? Do you think he could become the next Dele Alli with the club’s help? Join in with the discussion by letting us know your thoughts below.