Shaw tipped to follow in Bale's footsteps as next Southampton wonderkid
23:31 GMT, 26 November 2012
Southampton youngster Luke Shaw is drawing comparisons to former Saints teenage prodigy Gareth Bale.
The 17-year-old left-back has just started three Premier League games in a row for Saints which has coincided with a three-game unbeaten run. Two wins and a draw has won them seven points that have pulled them out of the relegation zone from second-bottom.
Bale won Football League Young Player of the Year in 2007 following a season as left-back and he scored five goals in 45 appearances in total for the club.
One to watch: Southampton's Luke Shaw has been tipped for the top
The Welshman moved to Tottenham for 5million and has since become one of the best attacking midfield players in the world.
And the similarities between Shaw and Bale have got people saying that he could follow in his footsteps.
Team-mate Adam Lallana said: 'The calmness he possesses for a 17-year-old is astonishing. He has got a great left foot on him and he has bedded in really well. He has got to keep up his fitness and he is going to go far in the game.
'There a big similarities between him and Bale. That is what people have been saying but he knows he has got to keep his feet on the ground and has a lot to learn but he is going to improve a lot with us, I can tell.'
Shaw, who came through Southampton's academy that has produced the likes of Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and made his debut for Saints last season in an FA Cup match against Millwall, was subject to a 4m bid by Chelsea during the summer. But Southampton have always maintained he is a big part of their future.
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Lallana, 24, got his first England call-up in September and he hopes Roy Hodgson's interest in bringing youth into the national side means he and more of the younger players at Southampton get their chance in the future. Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 21, plays for England Under 21s and Shaw is in the Under 17 side.
Lallana added: 'I would love to get back in the England squad as any other young England player in the Premier League would. It is early stages for [Clyne and Shaw].
'Hodgson has shown he wants to bring youth in but I know they are not going to get too far ahead of themselves. If in time us improving gets some of the younger lads call-ups then that is brilliant. Clyne and Shaw have been excellent.'