Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: May 12th 1989
Place of Birth: London, England
Previous Club(s): None
Southampton’s demise over the last decade has left them regularly struggling against relegation to England’s third tier whilst the financial outlook is bleak. As a result, they’ve been forced to rely on their impressive academy to help them out. Fortunately, they’re capable of producing players the likes of midfielder Jake Thomson.
London-born, Jake joined the south coast team’s academy as a youngster and began progressing through the ranks, impressing particularly at Under-16 and Under-18 levels. His physical strength for a short stature allowed him to dictate the game from the middle of the park and his impressive fitness levels means he can cover a lot of ground and therefore influence the game from minute one to minute ninety. He’s extremely versatile too, able to line up in defense or midfield, central or wide right, and when he’s on his game he’s capable of driving his team forward.
A natural leader, Jake could quite conceivably continue his captaincy from youth levels into the first team at St. Mary’s when he eventually breaks through. With the future at Southampton most definitely including more and more of their own products, he’ll have his chance.
After signing a new deal and breaking into the squad regularly at the start of the campaign, staff at Southampton felt Jake was perhaps a little too raw and overwhelmed by Championship football, and so moved on loan to Bournemouth in the fourth tier. He was amongst the Cherries’ best players in his one-month spell at the Fitness First Stadium, scoring one goal in six games and taking control of the game in imperious fashion. Bournemouth wanted to extend his deal further but due to financial problems and administration, the deal was vetoed. He continues to impress for England’s youth teams and is maturing into a very capable footballer.