With Southampton Academy graduate Harrison Reed seeing his season come to an early end after he picked up an injury whilst out on loan with Championship side Blackburn Rovers, their manager Tony Mowbray has again been heaping praise on the lad.
The 24-year-old made 29 starts at Ewood Park with a further seven substitute showings and he even chipped in with three goals and five assists as he settled in, found his form and began impressing and Mowbray revealed last week that he had returned to Staplewood for treatment.
Last night, the Daily Echo carried additional quotes from Mowbray, and he fully expected Reed to take his chance over pre-season to impress our new gaffer Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“He’s got a new manager that he hasn’t worked with yet who seems to be giving youngsters an opportunity. Josh Sims has broken into the team, a very similar age, stature and type of footballer to Harrison. Why wouldn’t you at a Premier League club want to go through pre-season and see whether the new manager likes you, what you bring to the game? He just wants to go away, get fit, enjoy his summer, start pre-season with Southampton and see where it takes him.”
With good experience from his loan spell at Norwich in the campaign of 2017/18, he already has 14 starts and 16 substitute showings for us, so this is a massive chance for him to impress now when he returns to fitness as we already know Hasenhuttl won’t ignore youth if he thinks they can bring something to the pitch for us.