It’s been a difficult start to the season for Mark Hughes, as his Southampton side have only picked up one point from their opening three fixtures.
Southampton have struggled in their opening three fixtures. The signing of Danny Ings from Liverpool hasn’t been the immediate solution to the Saints’ goalscoring issues that fans of the St Mary’s outfit would have hoped. The Saints have netted just twice in their three games so far.
The South Coast outfit have undoubtedly one of the best academy systems in the country. They have produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse out of their system in recent times. Unearthing another gem could be a great option for Mark Hughes to help his side garner better results in the Premier League. The Welsh boss will be keen to avoid another relegation battle, after he was embroiled in two scraps against the drop last season, initially with Stoke City, and then with Southampton.
With that in mind, it’s obvious Mark Hughes needs to hand these two Southampton wonderkids a chance to impress…
The young Irish striker could make a real impact at St Mary’s this season, if he is handed a chance by Mark Hughes. Pace, power and precision, he has many attributes required to be a top-class modern day centre-forward.
He has already made his senior debut for the South Coast outfit, coming on as a substitute during a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in January of this year. Since then, his opportunities have been limited. With Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini all suffering with a loss of form, surely it is time the 18-year-old is handed another chance.
The 5ft 6′ attacking midfielder surely deserves a chance to show Mark Hughes what he can do. The youngster is getting to an age where he will be desperate to start getting regular first-team football under his belt. He has already scored a senior league goal for the Saints, in a League Cup fixture against Crystal Palace.
He is a creative and technically gifted talent, who could prove a useful link between the Saints’ midfield and attack. Considering the current form of the club, this is the perfect opportunity to give Hesketh the chance he deserves.