Jake Alexander Hesketh (born 27 March 1996)[3] is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Southampton.

It is a good thing we have Claude as Manager.At least he won't treat Jake in the same way as Koeman was alleged to have treated Matt Target.

I posted the same on Dembele after watching the last old firm game.

Good Result last Night,but poor game,very clear to see Saints need a top striker,Dembele of Celtic would be the perfect player,why don't Saints put a bid for him now,before the likes of Arsenal and others who are after him in January.

“When I put him in the start of the team it’s a young player for the future but it’s important also to protect him and all the players.

I think Claude was more worried about damage to Jake's confidence had he stayed on. He was getting battered and although I think the referee was fair to both teams he did let some blood and thunder go. Jake will be fine now we have a coach who is keen to blood youth.

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He is young and full of potential, he can only improve.. apart from the defence most had a bad day to be honest, as if we were playing for a draw...

Completely off subject but, someone lent me "The Quintinshill Conspiracy" to read the other day; have you read it? Only started the first few pages so far,but it's pretty comprehensive.

He disappeared from Ronald Koeman’s squad after that, but Puel insists this won’t be the last Saints fans see of Hesketh in his team.

Hehe, yeah, some of the Celtic fans I spoke to on Wednesday evening were saying the same, with the air of resignation that you get on here sometimes when we talk about Liverpool.

“I prefer to change because it was difficult that we didn’t have the ball,” he explained.

A double header against Inter Milan awaits but with Italians having lost both of their matches so far there is an obvious opportunity.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:44, 13 December 2014 (UTC).

Good summary Mush, it looks like Claude was confident of getting a result without Charlie,and he has been vindicated, and Charlie will now be fresh for Sunday

“It’s not possible to win all the games and it’s not possible to always to dominate and have many chances so don’t take a goal and keep this point.”

At the end of the day Claude is there to make decisions, he will succeed or fail by them. He thought it right to pick him then took the decision to replace him. It's a results based business, hesketh will either sink or swim, if he's good enough this make him stronger.

Yep Hesketh is not into the physical part of the game but surely Saints would have done their homework on this side. Still a no score draw is still ok away from home

Not sure they were playing for the draw, but I think they were happy with it, and so was I.

“It was difficult but we will see Jake in other games and other moments and it’s not a problem.

It was vaguely reminiscent of Hesketh’s first Premier League start back in 2014 when he got clattered at Burnley and was substituted after 32 minutes.

agreed , he will feature again no doubt and in retrospect its a great learning curve

Hesketh made 22 appearances for Martin Hunter's Under-21s in 2014–15, scoring two goals and lifting the 2015 U21 Premier League Cup.[11][12]

Good points, cuco was instinctively putting balls in the box which Austin would have pounced on. Tough away game and it can't be ignored that they haven't lost there yet.

“It was physical and I prefer to protect him and it was for me a tactical problem.

I'll take that draw all day long. Just get Hesketh into the gym to pile on a bit of muscle. All in all well done Saints!!

Hesketh, Jake - Southampton (ENG)

“Every time to win is difficult, to take points, one or three, it’s important in this mini championship.

“It was a very difficult game with pressing and with all the first half we were under pressure from the team and also the fans.

Jake Hesketh will bounce back from his early substitution at Hapoel Be’er Sheva, according to Claude Puel.

He scored his first senior goal on 22 September 2016, in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup.[13][14]

However, he come under fire physically and struggled to have much of an impact, causing Puel to make the tough decision to take him off after 35 minutes and bring on Dusan Tadic.

Me to I said it after the Rangers game and his hat trick,he knows how to bang in the goals.

Thanks for your thoughts, Ospers. I was working till well into the second half last night. Managed to watch only the last 5 minutes. Usually, I'd say that it was dumb and thoughtless of me to put work before Saints, but it sounds like I had a lucky break, tbh. I promise not to be so dumb and thoughtless on Sunday afternoon.

When will Claude learn that he needs to play Charlie Austin in the same team as Cuco Martina. As in other games, Cuco has the cannie ability of passing the ball across the goalmouth with pinpoint precision which he did in Israel. However Charlie was not their waiting and neither were Redmond or Long. They were no where near the goal on all occaisions and were in fact AWOL. Had Charlie been in the team, he would have snapped up at least 2 goals.

feel sorry for the kid. would it have been too much to take him off at half time though? great point that aside , who'd have thought we'd see saints top of any european group stage. well played lads!!!!

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“I think it’s a difficult group when you can see all the teams of the group,” reckoned Puel.

Hesketh was clearly targetted by the Burnley thug in that game. He wasn't pulled off , he was unable to continue and as I remember it he was out for some time as a result of that injury.

In the end it looked as if both teams were playing for the draw.

Saints are now in a strong position to make it through to the knockout stages of the Europa League after taking four points in their opening two games in Group K.