The 17-year-old left-back is the latest player off Saints' prolific production line, following the well-trodden path taken by the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Unlike those three, however, Shaw has no intention of leaving Southampton despite the rumoured interest of Arsenal and others.
He committed his long-term future to the club on Thursday and Press Association Sport understands he will pen a five-year deal when he turns 18 on July 12, 2013 - a wise move in Adkins' opinion.
"He is a young player and we've got to protect him and look after," the Saints boss said. "You can be built up so much then all of a sudden knocked down. We've got to allow him to flourish.
"As a young player, like several that we've had, we want to continually improve them. We believe we have a good coaching staff here, good facilities, good strength and conditioning, good medical team, good sport science.
"That allows them to play constantly and he is 17 still, he is playing in the Barclays Premier League and now he can physically cope with the demands.
"His one-on-one defending is good, his passing ability is good and he is improving all the time.
"I am sure there will be some stage where things aren't going right for him but that is why we have this great culture at Southampton."
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