View: Southampton youngsters impress in comeback v Leeds United
Southampton came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Leeds United on Saturday with their youngsters on top form during the match at St Mary’s.
Two goals from Leeds forward Rodrigo put the Whites ahead but a calm finish from Joe Aribo and an equaliser from Kyle Walker-Peters.
New signings Gavin Bazunu, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia started the game with Sekou Mara coming on as a second-half substitute.
Southampton had a clear approach for this transfer window focusing on younger players with high potential and possible sell-on value and these youngsters were on show against Leeds.
Bella-Kotchap made his debut for the Saints starting at centre-back and had an impressive game, having the fifth most touches, making four interceptions and making four clearances. [WhoScored]
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Mara, whose performances drew praise from Match of the Day pundit Micah Richards, was also impressive during his cameo against the Yorkshire club.
The 20-year-old forward excited fans with some promising dribbles but his assist for Walker-Peters got Saints fans off their feet.
The Frenchman skillfully pirouetted past a challenge, drove into centre field, and then played a precise through ball into the full-back who finished smartly.
It was a good showing from Southampton’s youngsters and Saints fans will be hoping it is the first of many promising performances from their young stars.
In other Southampton news, Gavin Bazunu has revealed why he joined Southampton.