Southampton boast one of the best academy setups in England and the club’s fans have been holding out for Harrison Reed’s first-team breakthrough for some time.
The reputation as one of Southampton’s more promising youngsters precedes the 22-year-old, but since his debut in 2013, he’s gone on to make just 30 appearances across all competitions for the Saints.
Likely in a bid to accelerate his development, Reed was sent out on loan to Norwich earlier in the summer and amid a relatively strong start to the season for the Canaries, claiming four points from a possible nine, he’s started all of their Championship fixtures thus far.
Whilst Reed’s first two outings weren’t exactly resounding, his enormous potential was evident last night in a 2-0 win over QPR, the 5 foot 9 midfielder bagging the second goal with a delicious, wind-splitting shot from long range.
That wasn’t Reed’s only contribution, however; he produced the most tackles of any Norwich player, alongside one interception, had 50 touches of the ball and demonstrated his tidiness in possession with an 85% passing accuracy.
That provided the platform for midfield partners James Maddison and Mario Vrancic to venture forward, the latter creating five chances throughout the match, in a display that will not only leave Norwich fans optimistic about Reed’s loan spell but also Southampton fans about the prodigious midfielder’s future.