Yeovil Town manager Darren Way expects to play a side with a wealth of young talent if his team end up playing Southampton Under-21s in the next round of the EFL Trophy. The Third Round, which will take place in the second week in January, will see the Glovers play one of two EPPP Category One Academy clubs at Huish Park.
Whilst Reading Under-21s are well known to the Glovers, having already played against them in the Group Stages at the Madejski Stadium, Southampton would be brand new opponents, and a club with a strong reputation for producing and blooding new talent through their Academy system. That includes the likes of Josh Sims, who has recently broken into their first team and has been nominated for a Premier League 2 Player Of The Month award. Way told BBC Somerset today he was aware of their reputation:
"We've already played Reading, so we know what they are all about. Then we've got another team (in Southampton) that is on our doorstep which again is another Premier League team. So you never know what sort of a team they're going to field, but what I do know is that Josh Sims played in one of their previous games, so they've got a wealth of young talent."
When Yeovil Town played Reading Under-21s, they experienced a match where they had to spend a lot of time without the ball, with the Royals dominating long spells of possession, particularly during the first half. He implied that he would expect more of the same from Southampton, whose style of football at that level was rather similar:
"It's a challenge that's very testing. They're normally a possession-based team that like to keep the ball. They've had enough time to be able to work on it in training every day - not necessarily without pressure. But it's important that we apply ourselves in the right way on the day, like we have done against Bristol Rovers, MK Dons and Portsmouth. And we've enjoyed the cup."
As for which club the Glovers will face - they'll have to wait for two more weeks to find out, with Southampton only due to host Reading on Wednesday 21st December at St Mary's Stadium. Once that issue is known, all Third Round fixtures are due to be played during week commencing January 9th 2017.
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