OWTY recently spoke with Southampton Academy starlet Nathan Wood. The ’99 attacker popped onto our radar here at OWTY following his move from Fulham to Southampton earlier this year.
Wood has American roots that come from his Father’s side. Wood’s grandmother was American with his great-grandfather serving in the United States Navy.
We caught up with the busy striker earlier this December.
OWTY :: When & Where did you start playing soccer?
Nathan Wood [NW] :: I started playing at the local club level with a team Worcester Park Colts at the age of 6 in 2005.
OWTY :: What is your preferred position?
NW :: I have the knowledge to play a few different positions, but easily my favorite is the right wing spot and even center attacking midfield position.
OWTY :: You are in your footballing infancy, but what areas of the game do you want to improve?
NW :: I am strong in many areas but can always improve my technique, and need to work hard on varying my crosses when I find myself out in wide positions.
OWTY :: Who are some of the players you model your game after?
NW :: Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
OWTY :: When did you know you make a career out of football?
NW :: Playing academy football is very tough, so I haven’t really made it until you have played first team.
NW :: I spent many great years at Fulham and thought a fresh opportunity at another great club like Southampton would be good for my development.
NW :: It comes from my dad’s side, my Nan is American and her dad was in the United States Navy for many years.
NW :: Yes of course I would love too.
NW :: I know and played with a number of American players at Fulham and they are all highly respected.