Jaïdi previews Stoke clash

By SFC Media Mon 29 Jan Stoke v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

Radhi Jaïdi is looking to strip it back to basics as his side travel to Stoke City in Premier League 2 this evening, emphasising that the aim is not to "overcomplicate" things, but to get the fundamentals right.

Saints' Under-23s side have struggled in league competition of late, with postponements to games adding to the frustration. But given the time to reflect, and freshness after an extended break in fixtures, Jaïdi is confident his young side can produce at St George's Park tonight.

"We want the players to have the maximum game time, that's what they are here for, Jaïdi asserted. "It is frustrating when games get cancelled, but we've had time to review and work with the team.

"A clean sheet and scoring goals, that will be the key to success. We don't try to overcomplicate things, it is simple. A good performance includes clean sheets, especially away from home.

"And then for sure, we'll have opportunities. Converting those in to goals is what we're asking for, concentration in the final third and to be more clinical."

the players themselves are aware of the opportunities we give them at this club, and they need to be ready for the next step.

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on michael obafemi's progress

Tonight's squad will likely feature 17-year-old striker Michael Obafemi, who was recently propelled in to the spotlight with a first-team debut against Tottenham.

Obafemi has netted twelve times for the Under-18s this term, as Jaïdi comments on the teenager's recent headway and future potential: "Definitely, it is pleasing to see young boys progress through the levels. Michael is the work of the whole academy system, from bottom to top.

"The players themselves are aware of the opportunities we give them at this club, and they need to be ready for the next step.

"We have all confirmed that Michael has talent, but he needs to keep working hard. He'll be with the Under-23s for a while, which will present more challenges. It is a higher level and it also sends a positive message to the other boys."

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