4 Academy Players That Can Break into the Southampton First Team

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4 Academy Players That Can Break into the Southampton First Team
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Which Southampton Academy graduate will break his way into the first team like Luke Shaw?

With the preseason underway for Premier League teams, fans will get the chance to see players who aren't a part of the usual first 11 take the pitch to try to impress their managers, or at least scouts of other teams who may be looking to strengthen their squads.

At Southampton, fans have had the opportunity to see new signings Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama face a couple of Spanish lower-league sides and German power Schalke. But the more intriguing viewing may be watching the latest crop of Saints academy graduates getting their shot with the first team.

Southampton is renowned for the talent its academy has produced over the years, from Steve Moran, Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier in older years, to Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gareth Bale more recently.

Last season, academy graduates James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw both were regulars on the Southampton team sheet. Despite the additions of Lovren and Wanyama, and every first-team regular from last year returning this season, expect a couple more academy graduates to force their way into the lineup.

Here is a look at four players from Southampton's academy that could force their way into the first team this season.

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