Pochettino relaxed about transfers

Mauricio Pochettino does not feel Southampton need to strengthen in January due to the quality coming through the club's academy.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Happy with his squa

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The production line that in recent years has produced Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott shows no signs of letting up, with Adam Lallana the latest graduate to receive a senior international cap.

The Saints captain has played a starring role this season and is one of 12 players from the youth system to have featured in their matchday squad.

That conveyor belt of talent makes Pochettino, whose side sit third in the standings, confident about the future and relaxed about business in the January transfer window.

"We don't see that as a problem," the Saints boss said. "We have a lot of young players coming from the academy that are pushing really hard.

"They are making a case for being in the senior team. Players like Sam Gallagher and Harrison Reed, very exciting players.

"So in that sense we are not worried about the depth of our squad because we have a lot of young players that guarantee us a very good future in the immediate future.

"We are covered in that sense so we are not worried."

Southampton's focus on home-grown talent is an unusual one in the richest league in the world, but one increasingly pointed to as the way to go.

Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse have flourished after being brought into the first-team, while several others have been given Premier League experience as teenagers.

"I think there's great talent in English football academies, as much as in Spain, Brazil or Argentina," Pochettino said. "It all comes down to individual decisions. Every club makes their own decisions.

"But overall I would say the Premier League is financially the most potent league in the world.

"Most of the time it is much easier to sign a player who is the finished product, probably from abroad, instead of using younger players and giving them confidence, time and the possibility of coming through the ranks and be part of the senior side.

"It is understandable because managers depend on results of every single game.

"What's been the case here in Southampton is that two good things have come together - the fact that there's been a very good project in place for a long time, in the sense that we always push players through the academy, and a manager that fully believes in young players and wants them to come through the ranks."

The focus on young players at St Mary's has been complemented by big-money acquisitions.

Dani Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren were astute, if expensive, summer signings, as was Gaston Ramirez the previous year.

The Uruguayan has yet to justify his £12million price tag and is reported to be growing increasingly unsettled at St Mary's.

Ramirez's representative has previously suggested the player did not like Pochettino and this week suggested Inter Milan were interested in the attacking midfielder - talk the Saints boss played down ahead of Saturday's trip to Arsenal.

"Gaston knows perfectly what I think and I know what he thinks," he said. "That's a private matter between us. He is fully obliged to fulfil his contract.

"That's all he has to do as a Southampton player. He has to work in order to fulfil that contract and be part of the team."


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