After scoring his first ever goal for Southampton’s U-23 this past weekend in their 2-1 win over Arsenal’s U-23, central midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke is FARPost’s Player of the Weekend.
The 17-year-old has been smoothly going through the ranks in Southampton’s development system since arriving from Thatcham Town in 2017 moving from U-17 to U-23, which is where he currently plays.
In January of this year Chauke signed his first professional contract with the ‘Saints’, a deal that keeps him at the club until June 2022.
Last season he got prompted to the club’s U-23 side where he finished the season strongly playing 9 games towards the end of the season.
This past weekend he started on the bench, but came on in the 46th minute of the game and scored the second goal for Southampton in the 64th minute to give ‘Young Saints’ their first three points of the season in England’s reserve league.
Chauke’s rapid rise has even been noticed by first team coach Ralph Hasenhuttl who since March has called the central midfielder to train with the first team full time.
In fact Chauke even featured for Southampton’s first team in a recent pre-season friendly against newly promoted Fulham. If the 17-year-old continues to perform well he might get his first team debut sooner than expected with Southampton known for its belief in their academy graduates having produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Victor Wanyama just to name a few.
Chauke was born in Pretoria, but left at a very young age for England where his journey in football started. He is yet to represent South Africa although he was recently named in Coach David Notoane’s preliminary Olympic squad before the ultimate tournament was moved to 2021 due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic.
By Prince Sobayeni