Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side sincerely hoping to improve upon their disappointing 17th place finish last time round.
The Saints endured a frankly miserable season in and around the relegation zone for the vast majority of the campaign, eventually resulting in Mauricio Pellegrino’s sacking back in March. And former Stoke City chief Mark Hughes was the man tasked with keeping the club up, and he did just that by leading them to crucial victories over Bournemouth and Swansea City late in the campaign, thus ending up 17th in the table and three points clear of the bottom three.
Thus, there are many excited and expectant Southampton fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering who the next star could be to emerge from their fantastic youth ranks, having seen the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, and Luke Shaw, to name but a few, come up through the ranks in years gone by.
And based on his efforts for the club’s Under-18 side last season, 17-year-old sensation Enzo Robise could well be the next to go on and enjoy a hugely successful senior career.
The midfielder only made the move to St Mary’s last summer after beginning his youth career in France, yet he didn’t take long to prove his worth to the Saints’ Under-18 team in producing an excellent campaign last time round.
The 17-year-old netted seven goals and laid on one assist in just 11 appearances in the South division of the Under-18 Premier League, with Michael Obafemi (nine) the only Saints player to have netted more than Robise over the course of the campaign.
In fact, Southampton didn’t lose any of the six games in which the Frenchman scored to underline just how important and indeed influential he was to the Under-18s last season, to the point that he earned his first Under-23s appearance in a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers back in March.
As such, it appears that Robise is making big strides on the South Coast and looks set to feature more regularly for the club’s development squad this term, and potentially for the first team in the not-too-distant future.
And produce another season like last term this time round, for whatever age group he plays, and the 17-year-old sensation could well be the next star to emerge from Southampton’s excellent youth ranks in the coming years.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!