Southampton assistant manager, Andy Crosby, says the club will play youngsters in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday, but insists they are taking the competition very seriously. The official Southampton website reports.
Saints cruised past League One side, Stevenage in the second round, with the likes of Jake Sinclair, Sam Hoskins, Corby Moore and Ben Reeves involved in the squad.
Crosby stated that the club has a strong ethos to continuously blood youngsters into the first-team and feels a number of these players can stake strong claims for senior places.
He said: “Over the last few years, we have blooded a lot of young players in this competition because the vision of the club is to get a lot of home-grown players through into the first team so we’ll continue to do that.
“There’s competition for places now so there’s a chance for other players to come into the team and stake a claim.”
Meanwhile, Wednesday are back in the Championship after finishing behind Charlton as League One runners-up last season, but have suffered a difficult start to life back in the second-tier- amassing just seven points from their opening seven games.
But Crosby predicts that the Saints will face a stiff challenge when the Owls come to St Mary’s tonight.
“We’re up against a very good Sheffield Wednesday team. Dave Jones has done an incredible job and at the back end of last season he had a great impact.
“I think they’ll come here trying to cause an upset”, he added.