Player Zone: Southampton’s Olufela Olomola

19-year-old striker Olufela Olomola was the hero for Southampton Under-21s last night as he scored the winner in their 2-1 win over Colchester United in the EFL trophy.

Southampton have a great record in producing young players that go on to the highest reaches of the game, with Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw and many others moving to the top clubs.

Olomola is being touted as the next star to come out of the Saints ranks.

Who is Olufela Olomola?

Olomola moved to Southampton in 2014 after previously playing for Arsenal. He has been playing in the Saints ranks ever since, captaining the U18s and scoring two goals in four games for the U23 side this season. The youngster is also eligible for England and Nigeria as both of his parents are Nigerian.

What are his strengths?

Despite being only 19-years-old, the youngster already looks physically cut out for the Premier League.

Short yet stocky, Olomola has strength that belies his youth and allows him to shrug off opposition defenders.

He also has good acceleration and quick feet, meaning his is always able to steal a yard on opposing defenders.

What is his style of play?

The youngster has generally been used on his own up front for the Saints, using his strength to hold up play.

While predominantly playing up front, Olomola is also able to play on the wings, where he used his quick turn of pace and stepovers to beat opposition defenders or feed players in the box.

The youngster also seems to have a large reserve of energy, constantly pestering opposition defenders and goalkeepers and chasing down loose balls.