Southampton youngster shares what he needs to do to be considered for first-team football

Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson concedes a penalty against Southampton's Sam McQueen

Southampton are renowned for bringing talented youngsters through their academy on a regular basis

Southampton's Sam McQueen in action with Burnley's Johann Berg GudmundssonSouthampton's Sam McQueen in action 

Southampton youngster Sam McQueen made his Premier League debut for the club on Sunday, during the Saints 3-1 win over Burnley, and he told the club's official website what the most important thing will be for him in regard to staying in contention for first-team selection.

The 21-year-old replaced Matt Targett after 14 minutes of the game against the Clarets at St Mary's, and impressed with his high energy levels combined with impeccable technique.

He had a huge say in the outcome of the game as well, winning his side a penalty after being brought down inside the box.

Southampton's Sam McQueen and FC Twente's Hakim Ziyech in actionSouthampton's Sam McQueen 

Charlie Austin scored the ensuing spot-kick and wrapped up the points for the South Coast outfit.

McQueen spoke to southamptonfc.com, and shared what he believes he needs to do in order to stay at the forefront of Claude Puel's mind in regards to team selection:

"Fitness is the main thing and getting in recovery to be ready if that is an option. I just want to be one hundred per cent ready to give everything again on Thursday if that is a possibility.”

Southampton manager Claude PuelSouthampton manager Claude Puel

It would be quite the baptism of fire for McQueen, should he be selected for Southampton's crucial Europa League fixture away to Inter Milan on Thursday, but with the undoubted talent he possesses, it would be no surprise if he was handed the opportunity to represent his side on one of Europe's biggest stages.

Southampton's Sam McQueen and FC Twente's Hakim Ziyech in actionSouthampton's Sam McQueen

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