Yoshida on Valery and Ward-Prowse impact

By SFC Media Mon 11 Mar Saints v Tottenham
Photo by James Bridle

It was another weekend to remember for 20-year-old full-back Yan Valery, who, seven days after stunning Old Trafford with his first senior goal, popped up at the back post to equalise for Saints against Tottenham on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, veteran defender Maya Yoshida praised the impact of the youngster in recent weeks, and called him an 'inspiration' to other academy players, four of whom have also made their first-team debuts this season.

Another player grabbing all the headlines recently is James Ward-Prowse, whose special free-kicks on consecutive weekends have earned plenty of plaudits, not least Yoshida, who praised the midfielder's prolific form.  

"Prowsey has been at this club a long time, and is a symbol of Southampton," he began.

"He's a true professional. He's been given his chance and he's taken it. Two amazing free-kicks and I'm really happy for him. Hopefully he also gets an England re-call.

"Yan [Valery] is improving every day, every game. Which is really important for the players from our academy, he's inspired a lot of academy players.

"The manager likes to put young players in the squad to gain experience, and that's so important for Southampton.

"This is the only way to stay in the Premier League, by sticking together and giving 100 per cent every day."

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