There must be something in the water at Southampton, with youngsters of Premier League class continuing to drop off the academy production line on a regular basis.
Harrison Reed may be the next home-grown talent to shine for the Saints and earn himself senior international recognition.
He would be following in some illustrious footsteps, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw having gone before him.
None of those are still at St Mary’s, though, and that is the challenge facing Ronald Koeman.
He needs to bring through potential such as Reed, but must also ensure that Southampton are able to match their ambition.
It is far too early to be speculating on where Reed’s career will take him, but the early signs are promising.
Against Everton on Saturday, he dominated proceedings in the middle of the park with an all-action display which has drawn widespread praise.
|Match||Total Tackle||Won Tackle||Mins Played|
|Harrison Reed||Southampton vs Everton||14||12||90|
|Victor Wanyama||Liverpool vs Southampton||9||7||90|
|Morgan Schneiderlin||West Ham vs Southampton||7||6||90|
It remains to be seen how many outings Reed will be given in the remainder of the campaign, but it is clear that he is capable of providing quality cover for the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama as they nurse their way back from injury.
On just his first start of the season, he has already topped two international colleagues in a key area of the field – breaking into double figures in terms of tackles made and won.
With speculation suggesting that Schneiderlin and Wanyama continue to attract interest from afar, Southampton will be delighted to find that they have unearthed a long-term replacement at no cost to the club.