Southampton starlet tipped to be the next Ibrahimovic

Saints defender Jose Fonte believes youngster Sam Gallagher can go all the way in the game and reach the levels of the Swedish superstar.


Southampton have produced a conveyor belt's worth of precocious young talents in recent years, with Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers the latest to rise to prominence after the likes of Adam Lallana before them.

The next wave of youngsters are beginning to make their way through the ranks and forcing their way into Mauricio Pochettino's first-team thinking, with Harrison Reed one youngster highly thought of at St Mary's. 

But it is Sam Gallagher, the imposing striker with an eye for goal who is impressing the most at present and further emphasised his burgeoning reputation on the south coast by netting against Norwich City in a 4-2 win at the weekend.

With the Saints 3-0 up and cruising, Chris Hughton's side launched a stirring fightback to close to within one goal but Gallagher killed off any hopes of a late draw by slotting home deep into stoppage time.

And defender Jose Fonte believes the 18-year-old has all the ingredients to go on and be one of the best strikers in world football, and even likened some of his attributes to that of PSG sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

You can see he’s very strong, very tall and very powerful and he has teammates like Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert to teach him so he can only get better,” Fonte told reporters.

“He’s a little bit like Ibrahimovic. He still has to work a lot to be like him but he has pace, he has power, he’s tall so he can be a threat in the air and in behind with his pace. He’s a handful!

"He has good attributes for a striker, definitely. If he keeps working very hard he can get to that level and be the full package.”

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