Sam McQueen says Southampton’s youngsters will reap the benefits of playing in the Checkatrade Trophy this season.
McQueen was part of the Saints side that played against Charlton Athletic in the opening game of the revised Football League Trophy earlier this week, and believes the squad took plenty of positives from playing the League 1 team.
“I think the thing they will have learned the most is confidence and realising that they can play at this level,” said the 21 year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at Southend United.
“They were up against players who are seasoned professionals in league football, yet they showed that they had the same quality if not better. It wasn’t just technically either, they showed they had heart and fight in them as well. It will challenge us physically as well as technically.”
McQueen continued in his new role at left back in the penalty shoot-out defeat to the Addicks, and says he’s learning more about his latest position in the side all the time.
“It feels natural for me even though I’ve always been more of an attacking player over the years,” he said.
“Stepping to left back as been interesting to be fair and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. There’s details that I’m learning as I go along and I’m watching players ahead of me and players in different leagues so that I pick up little bits and details.
“I’m enjoying it and, without blowing my own trumpet, I think I’m doing all right in what’s a new position for me.”