Youth focus will be key for remainder of season, says Saints' assistant manager

Daily Echo: JESUS PEREZ JESUS PEREZ

Saints will devote time to continuing the development of their young players during the remainder of the season.

An FA Cup defeat at Sunderland on Saturday has left Saints without that much more to play for over the last three months of the campaign.

With just 12 league games now remaining in that time and, in reality, a finish between seventh and ninth in the offing, what has up until now been a fantastic season is facing a serene finale.

Saints assistant manager, Jesus Perez, believes that the remainder of the campaign can be used to try and bring through the club’s young talent.

“Still playing well, still winning games and help the young players to improve,” said Perez of the club’s aims for the last few months.

“They have a massive future during this year and for the next seasons so this is the target for our club.

“Our club is growing up, is moving, so we have to be proud and happy how our players are doing so far and hopefully for the next games.”

The FA Cup loss at the Stadium of Light saw another ex Saints academy player make his senior debut.

Midfielder Sam McQueen, 19, became the tenth ex-academy man to feature in the Saints first team this season following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers, Lloyd Isgrove, Harrison Reed, Jake Sinclair, Omar Rowe and Sam Gallagher.

Southampton-born McQueen was introduced eight minutes from the end of the tie.

The Sunderland loss marked the end of a busy eight days for Saints after a home game against Stoke and another at Hull last Tuesday.

But Perez was adamant in the face of staunch questioning from the press that Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection was correct.

“Always we are doing the same – after the last game we were without players, we assess our players and we decided the best team to play,” he said.

“Obviously it was a tough game against Hull and we played away as well in bad conditions and came late back to home. Some of the players weren’t fully recovered and we decided the best players to play.

“For us every single player is important and useful for us. It doesn’t matter who is inside of the pitch.

“When we decide to play with one or another player, it is because we trust them, they trust us and support us ... so it’s nothing to complain against.”

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7:03am Mon 17 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Amen
Amen bigfella777
  • Score: -6

10:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

drkensta says...

I think that there is everything to play for. From now on we must put out our best teams and win every game so that we can wipe out this stain on our reputation, where not only our fans and the local press, but the national press and even Poyet questioned what they considered was a fundamental managerial error on our part. If I were Luke Shaw I would be looking to move to a team which wanted to win trophies no matter what they were, so I think we may be saying cheerio to him and maybe some others when the next transfer window opens. Who wants to play for a team with limited ambition, only mediocre players.
I think that there is everything to play for. From now on we must put out our best teams and win every game so that we can wipe out this stain on our reputation, where not only our fans and the local press, but the national press and even Poyet questioned what they considered was a fundamental managerial error on our part. If I were Luke Shaw I would be looking to move to a team which wanted to win trophies no matter what they were, so I think we may be saying cheerio to him and maybe some others when the next transfer window opens. Who wants to play for a team with limited ambition, only mediocre players. drkensta
  • Score: -27

10:47am Mon 17 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Good - let's look to the future and move on.
Good - let's look to the future and move on. Confucious
  • Score: 15

12:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jls217 says...

Let's hope these youngsters get as much time on the pitch as we can safely allow - That's where the skill of the management team comes in. Once the team is on the park it's down to the eleven wearing the shirts to do the business and these lads will be fighting for a first team place next season so they should be as motivated right now as at any time they are likely to be in their careers. Always said next season will show who and what Saints have become and I can't wait for it.
Let's hope these youngsters get as much time on the pitch as we can safely allow - That's where the skill of the management team comes in. Once the team is on the park it's down to the eleven wearing the shirts to do the business and these lads will be fighting for a first team place next season so they should be as motivated right now as at any time they are likely to be in their careers. Always said next season will show who and what Saints have become and I can't wait for it. jls217
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

beanwalking says...

Hi from hero to zero, by the sounds of it some of the normal first team players were not fit enough to play. We dont know what goes on behind closed doors. If we win on Saturday, which we will, and beat Liverpool the following week, Mo Po will be back to hero again as he should be. You cannot win them all
Hi from hero to zero, by the sounds of it some of the normal first team players were not fit enough to play. We dont know what goes on behind closed doors. If we win on Saturday, which we will, and beat Liverpool the following week, Mo Po will be back to hero again as he should be. You cannot win them all beanwalking
  • Score: 8

12:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

costa gaz says...

If this statement means that our management are planning ahead to next season, meaning they will still be here, then let them get on with it.
We have all let off a bit of steam over the 2nd Sunderland debacle, myself included, and maybe it's time to see what our fantastic academy has really produced.
But not wholesale changes please, ease them in gently, one at a time.
If this statement means that our management are planning ahead to next season, meaning they will still be here, then let them get on with it. We have all let off a bit of steam over the 2nd Sunderland debacle, myself included, and maybe it's time to see what our fantastic academy has really produced. But not wholesale changes please, ease them in gently, one at a time. costa gaz
  • Score: 11

1:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Saintsayer II says...

Yes utalise the youth. But one at a time Not with wholesale changes that can lead to moral /confidence sapping defeats
Yes utalise the youth. But one at a time Not with wholesale changes that can lead to moral /confidence sapping defeats Saintsayer II
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SaintAsh1964 says...

Confucious wrote:
Good - let's look to the future and move on.
What future?
No cup runs, a limit on our finishing place to be no higher than 8 just in case we qualify for Europe.
What is the point of the Academy just to produce players who will move on to teams where THE MANAGER wants to qualify for Europe.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Good - let's look to the future and move on.[/p][/quote]What future? No cup runs, a limit on our finishing place to be no higher than 8 just in case we qualify for Europe. What is the point of the Academy just to produce players who will move on to teams where THE MANAGER wants to qualify for Europe. SaintAsh1964
  • Score: -9

2:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

oh shutup jesus
oh shutup jesus ToastyTea
  • Score: -2

2:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Will we get a discount on tickets if we are not playing the first team, don't get me wrong I realise the importance of our academy, as does all the mega rich teams, but a lack of sucess on the pitch leads to losing our best players then dwindling crowds, as I for one am not going to travel 300+ miles and spend the best part of £200 if I don't think we will win, or at least challenge on the pitch
Will we get a discount on tickets if we are not playing the first team, don't get me wrong I realise the importance of our academy, as does all the mega rich teams, but a lack of sucess on the pitch leads to losing our best players then dwindling crowds, as I for one am not going to travel 300+ miles and spend the best part of £200 if I don't think we will win, or at least challenge on the pitch Folkestone Saint
  • Score: -2

4:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

You do realise that this policy has cost us at times this season right?
You do realise that this policy has cost us at times this season right? 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

6:56pm Mon 17 Feb 14

redsnapper says...

From DIV 1 to where we are now is the achievement of the century.

For obvious reasons Poch has to find replacements/cover for LB.CH and F and GK.

IMHO This is more important to clubs future than winning the devalued FA tin pot trophy.

If Saturday proves that it was KD, Guly and Jos's last chance to show first team potential than I think we got a result.
From DIV 1 to where we are now is the achievement of the century. For obvious reasons Poch has to find replacements/cover for LB.CH and F and GK. IMHO This is more important to clubs future than winning the devalued FA tin pot trophy. If Saturday proves that it was KD, Guly and Jos's last chance to show first team potential than I think we got a result. redsnapper
  • Score: 7

12:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

batesieboy says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Yes utalise the youth. But one at a time Not with wholesale changes that can lead to moral /confidence sapping defeats
It only sapped YOUR confidence and moralE, you lightweight. (And the other bed-wetters who voted this comment with a thumbs up.)
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Yes utalise the youth. But one at a time Not with wholesale changes that can lead to moral /confidence sapping defeats[/p][/quote]It only sapped YOUR confidence and moralE, you lightweight. (And the other bed-wetters who voted this comment with a thumbs up.) batesieboy
  • Score: 0

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