Who to watch out for in Southampton's pre-season game against Swansea
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Southampton have announced an impromptu pre-season fixture against Championship side Swansea this Saturday at St.Mary's.

With the new Premier League season only a matter of weeks away it provides the perfect opportunity to build up fitness and for those on the fringes to impress ahead of the first fixture.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, of course, kick off their new campaign on home turf against Tottenham on September 19th.

Steve Cooper's Swansea will be a good test of strength to build up back into the swing of things, but no pushover by any means, with Swans reaching the play-offs last season - before being knocked out by Brentford.

Saints stars looking to shine

This, of course, will be the first fixture in which Mohammed Salisu can feature for Saints, following his reported £10.9m moving from Real Valladolid, and Southampton fans will no doubt be itching to see him in action.

Another player looking to impress, follow his contract extension, will be fullback Jake Voskins who will no doubt be looking to catch the eye of his manager.

Fellow youth academy graduate William Smallbone looks set to be in a similar position, as he looks to put his stamp on the first team and will likely get a good chance to feature against the South Wales side.

Swansea's ones to watch

Swansea no doubt have talent in their side to make the play-offs last season, and one player Southampton will have to be wary of is Matt Grimes.

Grimes is no doubt one of the most underrated midfielders in the second tier and featured 41 times last season cropping up with seven assists.

Swansea have been very active in the transfer window with five new acquisitions already, and one to watch out for will be Morgan Gibbs-White who's on-loan from Wolves.

It was perhaps a slight eye-brow raiser to see the up-and-coming youth midfielder make the switch to the league below having shown glimpses of great quality for Wolves last season.

Jamal Lowe is the most recent addition to their side, at a cut-price deal from Wigan, and is a tricky forward capable of playing up-front or wide, and someone Saints will have to keep an eye on.

While the scoreline doesn't matter, with it being an exercise primarily in building fitness, it is also a great opportunity for the youth to shine, and a win to boost confidence is always good too. 

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