Southampton youngster gets a lot of money to Manchester City

Former Southampton boy Max Alleyne has completed his move to Manchester City for a reported £1.5million.

The 16-year-old was clearly much loved by Southampton, but his talent seems to have caught City’s attention, given the considerable size of the fee they have paid.

According to a report from Hampshire Live, the £1.5million transfer was agreed between the two clubs in question last summer. Saints can still invest a nice amount of money back into their academy, having previously collected a huge amount from the sale of graduates of the academy.

Southampton have started a revamp of their academy lineup this year under Head of Football Operations Matt Crocker and hope more players with the same talent as Alleyne will come through their system soon.

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Southampton’s new plans need time to come forward

In a Fans’ Forum last season, Matt Crocker explained how he oversaw a change in the Southampton academy’s recruiting structure. He has also since added additional coaching staff to the B team and the Under-18s to ensure players have access to advice on how to improve their game when they need it.

Adding these new things won’t try to make an immediate impact – it just isn’t possible to change everything so quickly.

The goal is to get the academy running efficiently again over the next 2-5 years and creating strong player groups, with these newly implemented plans also helping the club in the long run beyond that time frame.

There will always be individual players coming through and impressing all the time, but it will be important for a club like Southampton and their reputation to start producing a handful of first-team quality players from any group that progress to Under-18s and B-team levels.

Saints will also hope to be able to keep these players in the future rather than see them leave for clubs like Manchester City.

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