Our landlord here at the Transfer Tavern has been very impressed with just how many talented players Southampton have produced over the past five years, and more are likely to follow in the future.
The Saints’ academy has a reputation for bringing through good footballers, with Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana three that stand out, all of whom have been sold on for decent fees. However, surely the time will come where they start to keep the players at the club with one eye on the future on the pitch and not just their bank account.
There are a number of first-team players who will still be fully involved in the team five years from now, of course, subject to them remaining with the Saints, so we are going to take a look in our crystal ball to try and predict how Southampton may well line up in the year 2022.
By this time a lot will have changed, however, based on the current crop of players at the club, here is how we feel their potential starting XI could look…