Jaïdi on PL2 opener

By SFC Media Sun 11 Aug Man City v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

Another season commences for Southampton's promising Under-23s today, as they travel to Manchester City to kick-start their Division One Premier League 2 campaign.

A handful of young Saints players have already begun making their mark on 2019/20, having been involved with the first-team over the summer, and Radhi Jaïdi believes there's potential for individuals to earn plenty more senior experience throughout the season.

Teenage pairing Will Smallbone and Jake Vokins were two of the highest scoring players, in terms of minutes played, during Saints' first-team pre-season fixture schedule, where they remained unbeaten across five games.

Both are likely to feature today, alongside the core of the group that won promotion from Division Two via the play-offs last term.

"We always try to adjust and adapt to first-team preparation," Jaïdi began. "We've had a couple of players involved with them on a daily basis, which is positive from our perspective.

i wouldn't be surprised if we saw a couple more young players around the first-team this season.

radhi Jaïdi

"The core of the group is similar to last season, but we've added a few younger boys. Individual development for players is something we're always striving for; as a coach we want to be improving players every day.

"That'll give them a better chance of being noticed for the first-team. Last season was an exception, we had five debuts for the first-team. Having said that, the manager is always open and happy to bring in any Academy boy who show the desire and commitment to prove themselves.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a couple more boys around the first-team. Hopefully by keeping their feet on the ground and by working hard, as they do, I'd like to think that will happen."

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