In terms of those who can play in the central-midfield position, Southampton have a number of options including James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Ibrahima Diallo, Will Smallbone and Stuart Armstrong in their senior squad.
However, the club has another young midfield player in their youth ranks that has every chance of breaking into the first-team set-up at some point in the near future and thus, could end up following the same path that Ward-Prowse has done after working his way through the youth system and making regular appearances at St Mary’s.
19-year-old midfielder Caleb Watts joined Southampton’s U18 side from Queens Park Rangers back in the 2018 summer transfer window for an undisclosed fee.
Watts has also made 30 appearances for Southampton’s B team where he has managed to score two goals and provide two assists in the process.
Dubbed as “exceptional” by Australia’s National Technical Director Trevor Morgan, Watts has also made four senior appearances for Southampton, the first of which coming in their 2-0 FA Cup win over League One side Shrewsbury Town back in January.
As well as that, Watts also made three appearances for Southampton in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute against the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City.
So far this season, Watts has not been involved in any senior Southampton game but has made six appearances for their B team, bagging one goal and providing a solitary assist whilst swapping between playing as an attacking-midfielder and right-winger, showing his versatility at such a young age. That trait is directly comparable with Ward-Prowse.
Moving forward, even though he hasn’t had any involvement with the senior team as of yet this term, there’s still time for Hasenhuttl to add him to the squad to see if he is any closer to becoming a regular figure for the Saints.
Also, with the attacking prowess he’s shown so far this season, he could well be a good addition in the team next to Ward-Prowse who has proved himself to be a consistent goalscorer and assist provider during his time in the senior side.