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Nigel Adkins hails mature Luke Shaw ahead of Everton clash

18 Jan 2013 00:00:00

Nigel Adkins hails mature Luke Shaw ahead of Everton clash

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins hailed the maturity of teenage full-back Luke Shaw following his vital contribution to the Saints’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Shaw, who does not turn 18 until July, left Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta in his wake as he charged 50 metres down the left wing before crossing for Jason Puncheon to volley in the equaliser. Puncheon took the immediate plaudits for a brilliant finish as Southampton – who play Everton on Monday night – proved how quickly they have adapted to the demands of the Premier League. But once the dust had settled at Stamford Bridge, Adkins reflected on the giant strides Shaw has taken this campaign.

“You talk about maturity and he demonstrated it (against Chelsea). It was a great surging run. We keep encouraging him,” Adkins said.

“We want players to pass the football and we want our full-backs to bomb on and in Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne, two Englishmen, we are very pleased.

“They have a long, long way to go in their careers. Luke Shaw is 17 years of age. He has come through our system. We are endeavouring to get as many as we can through.” 


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