Isgrove gives away the secret to Southampton's academy success

Southampton's Lloyd Isgrove has praised the Saints' youth-system in his first interview as a Sheffield Wednesday player.

Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove has revealed the secret to their academy success in the Sheffield Telegraph.

The Saints have produced a huge number of talented players over recent years and their youth system has become the envy of clubs across the country.

Premier League teams are now trying to emulate Southampton's model and Isgrove has given away one of the reasons it is so productive.

“Everyone always asks, what is their secret?" he said. “It’s just the training day in day out. There are a lot of youngsters who do train with the first-team quite regularly and I think that really helps. When the cup games do come, the manager is not afraid to put them in and you gain confidence from that and playing in the Premier League. It’s all about trust really.

“Southampton have a belief in their youth set-up. The managers trust the academy players and are prepared to put them in the first-team. I think that really does help.”

The likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana have all come through Southampton's ranks in recent times and their production line does not appear to be slowing down.

Isgrove is one of the next generation of youngsters and will be hoping to prove his class while in the Championship, after completing a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week.

The 22-year-old has not had too much first-team football throughout his career so far, but he is highly rated and should play a key role for Wednesday.

The Owls have struggled for goals so far this season and Isgrove will be hoping to provide their strikers with an increased number of chances, by giving them regular service.

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