Shane Long singles out 'immense' Harrison Reed for praise

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Southampton striker Shane Long was impressed by Harrison Reed.

Southampton have produced a high volume of quality youngsters in the Premier League in recent times, but it seems that they have not used up all the quality in their academy set-up yet. 

The Saints have seen Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw all come through their youth-ranks before going on to bigger things over the past few years and more players could follow in their footsteps in the future, it would seem.

Nearly half of Southampton's 18-man squad that beat Everton 3-0 this weekend were home-grown talents and the conveyer belt of quality looks set to continue churning out hot-prospects. 

One of the players who starred in this success was Harrison Reed, who was handed his first-start against the Toffees

The flame-haired midfielder looked at ease with his surroundings and his teammates certainly appreciated the display that he put in, with Shane Long paying tribute to the quality that he showed during the comfortable victory. 

"I was delighted for him because he trains hard and I was really impressed since the first day I came in," he said to the Daily Mail

"He was waiting for his chance. It is hard to get a game with the quality we have in midfield, but two suspensions and Jack Cork injured as well, it has given him a chance to shine and he took it.

"I thought he was immense and did really, really well stopping the ball getting to the attack and breaking up play. It was good to watch."

Reed's chances of retaining his first-team place when all of Southampton's players are back to fitness look slim, but the club have shown more faith in their youngsters than any other team in the country and this performance will have shown Ronald Koeman he is certainly capable of performing a function for them. 

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