The 18-year-old started the 1-0 loss against Burnley this afternoon.
In recent years Southampton have earned a rightful reputation for bringing in top young talent. The likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw have all come through the system in recent times and ended up going on to secure big moves away from the South Coast.
Now they are hoping that midfielder Jake Hesketh will follow in their footsteps.
He came on for his debut on Monday, 70 minutes into the game with Manchester United. Today he was handed his full debut. He started the game against Burnley in central midfield as Ronald Koeman through him in at the deep end.
On paper it was not a game to remember for the player.
He was booked and had to leave the field after 32 minutes through injury, visibly upset on the touchlines after having his debut cut short.
But that does not mean that Southampton fans were not impressed with what they saw from the tidy creative midfielder and they hope that in time they will get to see him playing on a regular basis.
Here is some of the best reaction to his performance from Twitter...
Anyone who uses Southampton on Fifa will already know how good @hesketh_jake is, unlucky today.— Ryan Jones (@jonesy_567) December 13, 2014
Can see jake hesketh being a future baller, good young talent @hesketh_jake— Jack Carter (@JackCarter69) December 13, 2014
@hesketh_jake you looked good for your debut today; sorry it was a short one but sure you will get many more chances. Chin up fella!— David (@iamdavidi) December 13, 2014
:( really didnt want hesketh to go off. Looked so good— Jamie Marsh (@jamie17saints) December 13, 2014
Hesketh looking good, hope he's not injured!— David Luiz (@AndyYearsley) December 13, 2014
hesketh looking good so far— Karl Darley - Artist (@ObscureThing77) December 13, 2014
But damn...Jake Hesketh looked quality, the way he gets in between the lines and plays the attacks, just great from the 18 year old.— Armond Bushfield (@Abdebeste) December 13, 2014
Hats off to @hesketh_jake couple of quality touches in his short stint.— Zach (@F6nte) December 8, 2014
Another say where a quality striker could have been the difference. Poor game all round. Hesketh and JWP the only plus points #SaintsFC— Rob M (@RobM83) December 13, 2014
This is the low point of the season. Poor performance today but we have a winnable game next. Hesketh debut the highlight. #SaintsFC— Let's Chat Saints FC (@Saints_Chat) December 13, 2014