Southampton – Model team in the Premier League

Southampton - Model team in the Premier League 2
Southampton - Model team in the Premier League 2

However, after the first eight rounds, Ronald Koeman and his team are leisurely ranked third with 16 points – only one point less than defending champion Man City and ahead of a series of giants such as Liverpool and Man Utd.

Southampton’s immediate success partly comes from its wise transfer policy in the summer when it brought in suitable players such as Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle or Shane Long, in addition to borrowing two bright names, Ryan Bertrand.

Theo Walcott (right cover) is one of Southampton’s elite products.

Raw gems are profitable.

In the past, the Southampton training facility was also the place that produced excellent young players of the Premier League.

The question is why don’t other teams learn from Southampton’s training style?

When Financial Fair Play is applied, only big teams with huge revenues can spend heavily to bring in stars.

Crocker explains why youth training is always a top priority for The Saints: `Southampton has a philosophy of always creating opportunities for young players.

Koeman is like `a fish in water`.

Feyenoord youth training director Damien Hertog said: “Our goal is to introduce two new players to the first team every season.”

Southampton - Model team in the Premier League

Ronald Koeman (left) shares joy with Jean-Paul Boetius – one of the young players he promoted to the Feyenoord Rotterdam first team.

Hertog said Koeman always creates a connection with young players: `He often attends youth team matches.

So when moving from Feyenoord to Southampton, a club that also prioritizes youth training and has a prestigious academy, Koeman was like a fish taking to water.

Training young people is an exemplary way to develop a football team.

Like Crocker, Hertog also emphasized the importance of youth training.

Southampton - Model team in the Premier League

Ronald Koeman (left) is steering Southampton in the right direction despite many difficulties at the beginning of the season.

“With their youth system, I think Southampton is very special in England.

In the future, it is likely that more English teams will follow the operating philosophy of Southampton and Feyenoord.

Although very busy with work, Crocker always cares about his old team.

That means Southampton will still maintain its exemplary path to building a club and Crocker feels most appreciative of that.

Di Khanh

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