Southampton currently has a number player in their squad that has progressed through the club’s youth system such as James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott, Will Smallbone and Yan Valery and more.
Another current senior Saints star who worked his way through the youth system at the South Coast club is defender Jack Stephens, who joined the youth ranks back in 2011 from the Plymouth Argyle.
Since he became a senior debut for the Saints back in January 2012 in an FA Cup victory over Coventry City, Stephens has made a total of 139 seniors appearances for the club in all competitions, with six goals and five assists on the road.
The 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £ 7.2 million according to Transfer market, played each minute of league games for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team before he unfortunately got a serious knee damage in their 0-0 draw against Manchester City, which shows how important he is to the team.
Even though he’s only 27, Stephens is still Southampton oldest current senior midfielder, which means that the club may well look for a replacement in the next few years.
With this in mind, the club may already have its perfect next version of Stephens with 19-year-old midfielder Dynel Simeu, someone who could save millions in transfer fees on a potential successor.
Despite just joining club already in July from second Premier League club Chelsea, the teenage defender, who is currently valued at £ 900k according to Transfer market, has appeared in every Southampton B team match except one so far this season, and played a full 90 minutes in all, showing how important he is to them.
In addition to this comes Simeu, who has been before described as “one to watch” by journalist Neil Moxley during his time at Chelsea, has in recent weeks shown how much of a goal-scoring threat he can be as well as a defensive unit of burlap in each of his two previous league outings.
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Going forward, if Simeu can continue to play regularly for the B-team until the end of the season, then there is a good chance that he can start knocking on Hasenhuttl’s door to potentially get a few first team minutes under his belt and integrate himself among the rest of the senior players at St. Mary’s.
If you look even further down the line, Simeu definitely has what it takes to then potentially become a regular figure in the senior squad and potentially save the club a lot of extra transfer fees when they eventually need to look for a replacement for Stephens.