The star of South African midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke has been on the rise since bursting into the scene in 2019.
Towards the end of 2019 the midfielder was promoted to Southampton’s U-23 team having impressed with the club’s U-18 development squad in the 2018/19 season.
His performances with the U-23 squad earned him a two-and-a-half year deal with the club in January of 2020 just after celebrating his 17th birthday.
The midfielder who hails from Mamelodi then got called up to join the club’s first team in March rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the Premier League like last season’s club top goal scorer Danny Ings, a big confidence booster for the teenager as he pushes towards joining a list of players who have made their debut as teenagers for the ‘Saints’.
The midfielder has been training with Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men week in and week out since then with the manager said to be looking at giving him a first team debut this season. Chauke featured in pre-season for Southampton playing a part in their friendly with Fulham.
On the 11th of September the English Premier League 2 season got underway with Southampton having a tricky away opening game against Arsenal. Chauke started on the bench and came on at the beginning of the second half, but his 64th minute strike was enough to seal the victory for Southampton who ran out with a 2-1 victory on the day.
The midfielder has made a lot of progress since moving from Thatcham back in 2017 such that in three years he could be edging ever so close to making a bow at one of the world’s best football leagues. If the midfielder makes his senior team debut this season he could become the youngest South African in history to ever play in England’s top flight.
The 17-year-old’s fortunes have been good at national team level as he was for the first ever time named in a national team squad with U-23 coach David Notoane selecting him in the preliminary Olympic squad.
Chauke declared his international allegiance to South Africa although he is also eligible to represent ‘The three Lions’ of England as he has dual citizenship between the two countries.
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By Prince Sobayeni