A young Southampton player impressed for the under-18s this weekend.
Willard signed his first professional contract at St Mary’s on his 17th birthday back in September 2014 and he could ultimately become another academy graduate to make a name for himself in the Southampton first-team.
Willard is a 17-year-old attacking midfielder-cum-winger who has represented Scotland’s under-18 side. He has also turned out five times for the Saints’ under-21 side this season although he is yet to get on the score-sheet.
Against Newcastle this weekend, the teenager scored either side of half-time to ensure Southampton’s young guns had the perfect start to their Barclay’s Under-18 Premier League play-offs.
The win was a huge boost following the young side’s 3-0 defeat to Fulham in their previous outing, and Willard may be hoping his match-winning contribution caught the eye of first-team manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has shown he is not afraid to give youth a chance, but at just 17 and with plenty of attacking players ahead of him in the Southampton pecking order, Willard would be wise to focus on under-18 and under-21 matters for a while longer.