Loan Watch: Young Saints inspire Gills


Southampton's youngsters Callum Slattery and Tom O'Connor both played the duration of League One Gillingham's first win of 2021. This and more in our Loan Watch, in association with Kuflink...

Slattery made his debut for the Gills on Saturday after his January move, as Steve Evans side saw off Accrington Stanley away from home.

A late first-half goal courtesy of captain Kyle Dempsey ensured of the three points, as fellow Saints loanee O’Connor also played 90 minutes at Wham Stadium.

On Slattery Evans said: “Callum is a kid in a man’s body, he’s a mature young player. Him and Dempsey controlled the middle for large spells.”

The final part of the Saints trio on loan at Priestfield Stadium was Tyreke Johnson, who was an unused sub during Saturday’s win after playing the full 90 minutes on his debut the week before.

Elsewhere in the English football league goalkeeper Angus Gunn provided a positive injury update to Michael O’Neil’s Stoke City side in the Championship.

Gunn played four games for the Potters following his summer move from Saints during October and early November, before suffering an ankle injury.

After having two months out, Gunn returned to training last Thursday, giving O’Neil much needed goalkeeping options as they push for promotion.

Away from England, defender Wesley Hoedt continued his own recovery from injury by playing the final seven minutes of Lazio’s win over Roma.

Hoedt was an 83rd minute substitute as a double strike from former Liverpool player Luis Alberto followed a Ciro Immobile opener during Simone Inzaghi’s side enjoyed the capital city’s bragging rights.

The win brought Lazio three points off of the top four.

The likes of Jake Hesketh (Crawley Town), Mario Lemina (Fulham) and Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) remain side-lined.

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