Southampton boss Ronald Koeman confirms Sam Gallagher won't play against Tottenham

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman doesn't believe Sam Gallagher has done enough to force his way into the first-team against Tottenham Hotspur.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed to the club's official Youtube channel that Sam Gallagher will not be in the first-team squad to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Gallagher scored the winning goal for Southampton's development side in their Premier League Cup triumph against Blackburn Rovers earlier in the week, but Koeman is still reluctant to use the 19-year-old in his senior ranks.

The Dutchman believes that there are too many players ahead of Gallagher at the moment and says that he will have to impress in training before stepping up a level.

"No. At the moment we have enough players in our first-team," he said, when asked whether Gallagher would be in his first-team on Saturday. "But, of course, he was one of the players who did a great job on Monday.

"I don't like mentioning one player because the whole team's performance was amazing.

"Sam Gallagher was struggling for a long-time this season with injury. Little by little he has got back to the physical stage you need to play for the first-team. We have four or five games left this season and maybe he will be part of the training session, but to come into the first 18 it is difficult for every young player."

Gallagher had looked to be on the verge of a breakthrough at Southampton last season when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge, making 18 appearances.

However, under Koeman his chances have been considerably less frequent. Gallagher is still waiting for a first-team chance this term and has been stuck in the background for too long.

He is still regarded as one of the Saints' most promising players, but this campaign, which has been blighted with injury, is likely to have done little for his development.

Gallagher will be hoping that next season is a more productive one for him, and rumours that he could head out on loan have already begun to circulate, with the Derby Telegraph suggesting that Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both interested in snapping him up.

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