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Southampton's star pupils and contemporaries who failed to make the top grade


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Oliver Lancashire

Centre-back who broke into the Southampton team in 2008, but spent a period on loan at Grimsby Town before being released earlier this year. Now playing for Walsall in League One.

 

Josh Mulvany

Attacking midfielder from Oxford, who moved on to Wycombe Wanderers. It is believed that he is no longer playing football.

 

Gareth Bale

Joined Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £10 million in 2007 with the reputation as the best left-back in the Championship. He has since blossomed into the outstanding left winger in the Premier League and arguably even in Europe.

 

Jake Thomson

Also made his first-team debut in 2008, but spent time on loan at Bournemouth and Torquay United. Released by Southampton at end of last season. Now with Exeter City in League One.

 

Huw Jennings

Former Southampton academy director, who now performs a similar role at Fulham. In between, he was the Premier League’s head of youth development.

 

Totti de Carvalho

Key member of the Portugal team who won the European Under-17 Championships and part of the Southampton team who reached the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2006, but made no appearances for senior team.

 

Zach Kalthoff

Canada Under-20 international goalkeeper who left Southampton without breaking into first team. Moved to Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga.

 

Theo Walcott

Became the most expensive 16 year-old in football when he signed for Arsenal in 2006 in a £13 million deal. Later that year he became the youngest England international and was selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s World Cup squad.

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/southampton/8148145/Southamptons-star-pupils-and-contemporaries-who-failed-to-make-the-top-grade.html

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