11 Aug 2018 11:58:24
Watched Saints U23 against Middlesborough last night on Saints TV.
Have to say very pleasantly surprised. There has been talk that our academy has run dry, well think again!

Alfie Jones is strong, has good vision and looks a very good Captain.

Alongside him Thomas O, Connor is both accomplished and has all the attributes of a solid Central Defender, he could play in the Championship now and would do well (Great New signing)

Callum Slattery showed massive potential a couple of years ago, fell away a little. well he's back! His physic has improved and his speed and ability to get in to very good position reminded me of Grealish. looks very good.

Jake Vokins and Jan Valery would not look out of place in benched for the first Team and have a very bright future, Jake has a wicked cross in him Jan, well is Soares gets injured, He's you man!

Jake Hesketh, my Mate Rob (who knows his football and was a very good player himself) rates young Jake very highly. He has beefed up a bit and has some silky skills, don't know where he went on holiday, but He's come back a man!

Michael Obafemi, is strong, quick and never gives up chasing anything, think he has picked that up from Shane Long, we know he has goals in him, not last night, but he will!

Josh Simms played last night, if I'm honest he looked a bit peed off at dropping away from the First Team, he has a little to do but it will be his year, this is a test!

Marcus Barnes - on very late but instant impact, think he was a Gazelle in a previous life.! quick, and slotted the 2nd goal in very well.

Good to see the owners including Katerina at the game too, they all seemed to be enjoying the game!

In a Nutshell - Our Academy is on the March again. just like Saints!


1.) 11 Aug 2018
11 Aug 2018 12:37:52
Good news Pete. Nice to know about ms. Leibherr attending too. Positive news.

2.) 11 Aug 2018
11 Aug 2018 13:54:25
Slattery has been hampered with injuries but he is the next big thing. We got rid of two attacking midfielders in Tadic and Boufal and only signed one in Elyounessi. Hopefully this means that Sims can get more of a chance this season. He has the raw talent and will progress with more game time.