Adkins said: "It's nice our club has helped the progression of some of these players. The long-term vision will be that some of these players will be at Southampton, long-term, at the top level. You must have that vision.
"Bale and Walcott are two talents. You take the athlete to start with and then try and develop them as a person and on the technical side.
"Alex is a young lad, level headed, great attitude. He's come through our system. We've a superb sport science team, superb medical team and great coaches to help him develop and put good sessions on to help him improve. We hope he'll keep playing with us this season."