Southampton defender Kayne Ramsay, who recently spoke to The Athletic, is eager to work his way back into the first-team fold this season, after missing pre-season with the Premier League outfit.
The 18-year-old, who joined the Saints from Chelsea in 2017, made his debut for the senior side last season in a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City, but has not featured for Ralph Hasenhuttl since.
Since the Austrian took charge of the club in December, Ramsay was included in the Saints’ 18-man matchday squad as backup to fellow youngster Yan Valery, though – barring his cameo against City – was never introduced from the sidelines.
He is now hoping to break back into the first-team this season, despite the fact that he is yet to be included in the club’s squad for any of their opening four Premier League fixtures this term, largely due to the fact that Cedric Soares has now returned from his loan spell with Inter Milan.
Speaking to The Athletic, Ramsay said: “Obviously, I’ve come back in pre-season with a little bit of a lower back injury, so he [Hasenhuttl] was disappointed at that, which I understand.
“So now, he’s just about me working hard to get back to where I was and to keep battling to maybe get in the starting XI or around it, just putting my head down.”
With Yan Valery seemingly making the right-back berth his own at Southampton – proven by the fact that the 20-year-old has started all but one of the Saints’ opening four league games this season – and the returning Soares to call upon, chances for Ramsay in the first-team at St Mary’s look as if they will be limited.
However, should he continue to work hard in training, he could be handed his chance in the Saints’ cup competitions this term. He is still only 18, so has plenty of years ahead of him to force his way into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starting XI.
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