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Southampton to name six under-21 players in squad to face Everton, Koeman confirms

Southampton will highlight their trust in their academy system once again this weekend against Everton.

Southampton's trust in their youth-system will be highlighted once again this weekend, with Ronald Koeman set to name six academy products in his 18-man squad to face Everton. 

The Saints have brought through a number of world-class players in recent times, with Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst the most notable, but it seems that the talent is not running out. 

The South Coast side are always happy to throw their youngsters into the senior side if they feel they have a good future and they will do so once again this weekend, according to Koeman. 

"I called six or seven under-21s for the session on Thursday morning and Friday, then I will see what we have available but for sure we need 18 players so we need five or six under-21s," he told the club's official site

“We don't have other solutions and it is not about that I don't like it because it is one of the philosophies of the club, to give them that chance."

Young midfielder Harrrison Reed is even set to start the match and he will be looking to show that he can be the next player to come off the Southampton conveyor belt of talent. 

Despite it being an admirable stance to take it does rather highlight the lack of depth that the side have in their side, too.

Injury problems have left Koeman's side down to their bare-bones and they have struggled to cope without a number of their senior players.

Despite making a blistering start to the campaign, Southampton are now winless in five and have dropped out of the top-four.

It is a disappointing run of form, considering they had sat in second spot for much of November, and they will know the importance of getting back on track against an Everton side who haven't looked at their best this season. 

The Toffees are only just inside the top-half of the table, but they travel to St. Mary's full of confidence after a 3-1 triumph over Queens Park Rangers in their last outing. 

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