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Harrison Reed Leaves St Mary's On Loan !
Wednesday, 5th Jul 2017 20:00 by Arron Sanders

Arron Sanders looks at Harrison Reed's loan move to Norwich City and ponders whether it will enable him to come back to St Mary's and challenge for a first team place.

Saints midfielder Harrison Reed has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal, as announced by the club this afternoon.

Reed who is highly regarded amongst the clubs coaching staff, having come through the club's youth academy system making his debut aged just 17.

However, Reed has found himself down the pecking order at St. Mary's in recent seasons and his first-team chances have been limited.

The former England under-20 international made just three Premier League appearances last season after making 10 the previous year.

This coming season seems to suggest that his chances may be just as limited with Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis , Jordy Clasie, James Ward Prowse and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg all ahead of him in the pecking order in the centre of midfield.

New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino is happy to send Reed out on loan so that he can get some regular football under his belt before returning to fight for his place in the Saints team next season.

Are you happy to see Harry Reed go out on Loan Saints fans, hopefully he gets the game time he needs to make the jump to the next level.

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halftimeorange added 22:05 - Jul 5
I would describe Reed as tenacious, always harrying opponents for the ball and, even when on the floor, still kicking and scrabbling to try and gain or retain possession. It's my personal opinion that he is one player who hasn't developed quite as he should because of the constant changing of managers. I think he has the talent to make it and I hope he realises his promise at Norwich.

highfield49 added 22:33 - Jul 5
With game time at Norwich he could become the ideal replacement for Davis next season. Certainly too good a prospect to waste his time away sat on the bench. Good luck to him in the Championship.

SaintNick added 22:48 - Jul 5
He will be 23 in January, this is a big loan move for him, its make or break, he starts this season with only six league starts and 11 further appearances as sub to his name, many of these only fleeting cameo appearances.

He has played under three managers at St Mary's, none of them have given him any real game time, this is the season when he has to stop being spoken of as a prospect and force his way into the reckoning

davepid added 05:54 - Jul 6
Yes, another of our Academy prospects being sent on loan to 'prove' themselves. Trouble is I can't think of an example of one who came back ' proven' enough to command a place in the first team squad . Perhaps Stevens is one but are there any others?

patred added 10:53 - Jul 6
I believe there is more to come from this 'deal'...let's see what happens to Murphy ?

SaintBrock added 16:08 - Jul 9
He's had his chances here but frankly just cannot cut it at the highest level. At 23 he must be a very slow learner if he has not yet to reach his potential. I suspect what we see is all there is. Not good enough for today's PL.

It's OK to be promising at 16 but at 23?

End of another glittering career?

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