Oriol Romeu has taken the long way round since first being identified as a future star by Pep Guardiola as a youngster but the Southampton midfielder is finally fulfilling that potential this season.
As a 13-year-old schoolboy, Romeu was poached by Barcelona from the academy of cross-city rivals Espanyol before being handed his first team debut by master tactician Guardiola a month before his 19th birthday.
However, Romeu's hopes of establishing himself in Guardiola's star-studded lineup were dashed,...
Sofiane Boufal has said he wants to make up for lost time after a stunning home debut for Southampton.
Boufal, Saints' record £21 million summer signing, was out injured for the first two months of the season.
But the Moroccan winger marked his belated full debut with a fine goal as Claude Puel's side beat Sunderland 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.
He brought a long ball under control with one touch before beating full-back Billy Jones and curling home an unstoppable shot.
Manchester United's reward for a 1-0 win over Manchester City is a home tie against West Ham in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.
Southampton will travel to Arsenal after they edged a 1-0 victory of their own over Sunderland, while Liverpool have been handed a meeting with Leeds following their 2-1 win over Tottenham on Tuesday evening.
In-form Championship leaders Newcastle will head to Premier League strugglers Hull after their comfortable win over Preston.
Quarterfinal ties to be played the...
Sofiane Boufal marked his St Mary's debut with a stunning strike to fire Southampton into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
The club's record signing, whose introduction to English football has been delayed by injury, curled in sensational effort to sink Sunderland 1-0.
It was just a shame that so few were there to see it, with Saints' ground half empty and an entire stand shut for the fourth-round tie.
The stay-aways looked to have made the right decision, however, as an hour desperately short...