By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

30th Aug, 2022 | 10:37pm

Southampton youngsters shine in Chelsea victory at St Marys

Southampton youngsters Armel Bella-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia shone in the Saints’ victory against Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Saints defeated Thomas Tuchel’s team 2-1 in a famous victory at St Mary’s where they came from behind to win the game.

However, the two new signings stole the show with their performances for the Saints, with Lavia becoming the first player born in 2004 to score in the Premier League.

Southampton v Chelsea

The two youngsters have had a great start to life at their new clubs and the win against Chelsea was just another example of that.

Ever since joining the club earlier in the window, they have both fitted in seamlessly into their new team, delivering composed and mature performances beyond their years.

Lavia, who is only 18 years old, equalised for the Saints in the first half with a driven shot that left Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea net with no chance.

20-year-old Bella-Kotchap was a rock in the Saints defence, two tackles and eight clearances, the most on the Southampton team.

Both players, despite their age, are beginning to establish themselves as important first-team players, and players that the club could build their team around.

If they can continue these performances, as well as players like Gabriel Bazunu and Sekou Mara who have also started their Southampton careers well, the future of the club is in good hands.

In other Southampton news, the Southampton boss has hinted at the future of two promising talents from the youth academy.