Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

The Heartbeat of Southampton

The Heartbeat of Southampton

So where was the change that helped this remarkable change of fortune made? Was it a change in style or even a change to a more defensive formation?

Or could it simply be that two players were brought into the team for their Premier League debuts for Southampton?

A lot has been written about the difference that Jack Cork has made to our defensive solidity. Jack returned to first team action for the first time since picking up an injury in the summer.

He had been missed, but not many people realized by how much. He is the archetypal quiet man who goes unnoticed game after game yet has a major impact on our team.

But I believe that there is another reason and one that is a surprise to us all. Swansea also saw the introduction to the Premier League of left back Luke Shaw.

17 year old Luke became the youngest ever player to make his debut for Saints in the Premier League. For one so young he has quickly become a firm fans favourite.

At first his task was simply to help tighten up the defence. This he has done and done well. With each game that passes though Luke has become much more than just a solid defender and has shown that he can open up opponents defenses with surging runs forward at pace.

So while Jack will receive most of the plaudits for strengthening our side, I firmly believe that in Luke we have someone who has had as significant a part if not more in improving the team.

It is still early days for our young star, but after buying three players to fill one of our weak spots, we now have a home grown talent that is making the position his own.



Join Vital Saints

Join The Vital Debate







Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Wednesday January 23 2013
Time: 6:17PM

Comments

0
Luke has done really well but Jack has to be the player that we have missed the most so far this season when out through injury.
stellarnw
23/01/2013 19:42:00
0
He has been good but we still need someone stronger at the back of our midfield to drive us on.
VSrednwhite
23/01/2013 20:00:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Premier League Cup Draw - U23s

The draw for the 32 team Premier League Cup took place earlier this afternoon and there are a few significant Midland derby clashes this year.

No Injury Issues Ahead Of West Ham - Pellegrino

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said that he has no fresh injury concerns after Ryan Bertrand recovered from the knock he received on opening day.

Officials - Southampton v West Ham (19/8/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Southampton and West Ham United this Saturday.

Van Dijk Is Not For Sale - Krueger

Southampton Chairman Ralph Krueger has repeated that Virgil van Dijk is not available for transfer this window and he said he'd be welcomed back to the club...

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Profile
Vital Saint
Editor email
Profile
Matt Gardner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Southampton v West Ham United
Suggested By:
Southampton win0%
West Ham win0%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football