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Closed Chequebook = Youthful Chance

Well considering it now appears we won't be signing anyone this season, it seems more likely that our youngsters are going to start getting some serious playing time instead.

The will we, won't we transfer saga and contradictory comments by Monny have been dealt with elsewhere, so it's probably no real surprise to see the Official Site carrying quotes from O'Neill talking about the next generation of hopefuls in the reserves.

It's the way it normally goes, no signings = talk about the youngsters.

But I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, we are all crying out for the likes of Delph, Albrighton, Clark to get some real on pitch time, especially with our so called ability to rotate this season, but in the main when the chance has been there for them to be drafted in, they are lucky if they get 20 minutes at the end of the game.

If we don't actually now bolster the squad this month, when suspensions and injuries hit O'Neill will have no choice but to bring them in and see whether they sink or swim and let's be honest, when called on previously they certainly haven't sank.

Anyhoo, enough of my rambling.

In the article Monny highlights Albrighton, Delboy and Clarky when saying 'they all have important roles to play.'

So far that has mainly been as benchwarmers, but hopefully it'll change soon, and O'Neill also says he's turned down a number of loan requests from other clubs for them.

'While they would all love to be playing on a regular basis, at this minute I think all of them are pretty happy to be around the squad and learning their trade.'

He then cites the Peace Cup as proof of what they are all capable of achieving as long as they keep their feet on the ground and keep working, adding that non of them are far from his thoughts, as can be seen by Albrighton making an appearance against Liverpool.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 10 2010

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

Rather see the kids than some unknown for 5m. They have only been held back so far because we haven't had a bad run of injuries or lost form. The current increase in playing pressure caused by additional and delayed cup games and maybe more delayed premiership games could change all that.
Gordonsleftboot
Rather see the kids than some unknown for 5m. They have only been held back so far because we haven't had a bad run of injuries or lost form. The current increase in playing pressure caused by additional and delayed cup games and maybe more delayed premiership games could change all that.
Gordonsleftboot
yup, better to give the youth a chance - at the right pace obviously - than bring in journeymen or just 'bodies'. Only additions we need now are top quality and if they aren't available then so be it, give the kids the chance to sink or swim, only way we'll ever know is by introducing them - again, has to be at the right pace and the youth/reserve set up I think are very good at that part of the game.
The Fear
yup, better to give the youth a chance - at the right pace obviously - than bring in journeymen or just 'bodies'. Only additions we need now are top quality and if they aren't available then so be it, give the kids the chance to sink or swim, only way we'll ever know is by introducing them - again, has to be at the right pace and the youth/reserve set up I think are very good at that part of the game.
The Fear
Young kids only become good players once they're given a chance to shine... It's not often you find a Rooney who is a world beater at 17, most take time to learn their trade... I don't personally feel loaning out players is the right way, throwing them into playing first team football in the prem is though, as that's the standard they're aiming for.
johnnyuk
Young kids only become good players once they're given a chance to shine... It's not often you find a Rooney who is a world beater at 17, most take time to learn their trade... I don't personally feel loaning out players is the right way, throwing them into playing first team football in the prem is though, as that's the standard they're aiming for.
johnnyuk
I hope Barry Bannan might come back from Blackpool and join the three mentioned. Also Shane Lowry and Eric Licah have both been excellent on loan. I think those two will go out on loan again because for their personal ambition of playing in the World Cup they need regular 1st team football
krfeskivilla
I hope Barry Bannan might come back from Blackpool and join the three mentioned. Also Shane Lowry and Eric Licah have both been excellent on loan. I think those two will go out on loan again because for their personal ambition of playing in the World Cup they need regular 1st team football
krfeskivilla
Agree on Bannan - I think him and Albrighton can offer us real alternatives to what we already have going forward. Clark for me is good enough that I actually wouldn't be bothered if Davies looks to leave, which he probably will when he can't get in the team. I feel that Delph is the long-term replacement for Petrov so he just needs to bide his time. Lichaj/Baker/Lowry and Herd are all in with a shout of making the grade. Delfouneso makes me think that if we can't get a top class striker then we may as well give him a chance rather than getting some average Joe in - after all, his goal per minutes on the pitch ratio must be superb. I think Fear was spot on (no, seriously!) that we only need real top quality signings now - as a regular observer of reserve games, I have a lot of faith in the youngsters at the club.
Sheriff Kimbo
Agree on Bannan - I think him and Albrighton can offer us real alternatives to what we already have going forward. Clark for me is good enough that I actually wouldn't be bothered if Davies looks to leave, which he probably will when he can't get in the team. I feel that Delph is the long-term replacement for Petrov so he just needs to bide his time. Lichaj/Baker/Lowry and Herd are all in with a shout of making the grade. Delfouneso makes me think that if we can't get a top class striker then we may as well give him a chance rather than getting some average Joe in - after all, his goal per minutes on the pitch ratio must be superb. I think Fear was spot on (no, seriously!) that we only need real top quality signings now - as a regular observer of reserve games, I have a lot of faith in the youngsters at the club.
Sheriff Kimbo
Kind of Connected - when is MON contract up? just wondering what his full time plans are for all the great kids we have
lost_in_ca
Kind of Connected - when is MON contract up? just wondering what his full time plans are for all the great kids we have
lost_in_ca
MON has a one year rolling contract lost_in_ca, he has said a few times he doesn't like long contracts and is happy to have it rolling year by year. He was I believe offered a long one when the new chaps first came in. I remember the first Tom Ross forum MON was asked and said if he had a long contract and wasnt' doing well he would be embarrassed to be sitting on the bench also pointed out contracts don't seem to be worth the paper they are written on these days.
The Fear
MON has a one year rolling contract lost_in_ca, he has said a few times he doesn't like long contracts and is happy to have it rolling year by year. He was I believe offered a long one when the new chaps first came in. I remember the first Tom Ross forum MON was asked and said if he had a long contract and wasnt' doing well he would be embarrassed to be sitting on the bench also pointed out contracts don't seem to be worth the paper they are written on these days.
The Fear
I do like the kids going on loan WHEN they aren't really close to first team action, think going to the lower leagues does them a power of good and builds their character, also shows them what they have at Villa IF they apply themselves and get stuck in. However if we do keep the squad as is for the rest of this season I would love to see some of them introduced SLOWLY (not every game, they don't need massive pressure yet) and some rotation. The other thing for the youngsters is - sometimes - they don't have the weight of the world on their shoulders (bills, families, mortgages etc) and expectations aren't so high for them PLUS they have the natural cockiness of youth so it can work well. Gabby was introduced correctly I think and he has kept improving since. However even he at times could have done with being taken out of the firing line in my ever so humble opinion!
The Fear
I do like the kids going on loan WHEN they aren't really close to first team action, think going to the lower leagues does them a power of good and builds their character, also shows them what they have at Villa IF they apply themselves and get stuck in. However if we do keep the squad as is for the rest of this season I would love to see some of them introduced SLOWLY (not every game, they don't need massive pressure yet) and some rotation. The other thing for the youngsters is - sometimes - they don't have the weight of the world on their shoulders (bills, families, mortgages etc) and expectations aren't so high for them PLUS they have the natural cockiness of youth so it can work well. Gabby was introduced correctly I think and he has kept improving since. However even he at times could have done with being taken out of the firing line in my ever so humble opinion!
The Fear
Loaning out youngsters is the sensible thing to do. There is a world of difference between reserve football and first team competitive action. Man U have used the loan system for player development for years. The sink or swim approach occassionally works but over the years we've lost a lot of talent that didn't live up to expectations that I'm sure would have benefitted from a season or two in the championship to mature.
AVbornandbred
Loaning out youngsters is the sensible thing to do. There is a world of difference between reserve football and first team competitive action. Man U have used the loan system for player development for years. The sink or swim approach occassionally works but over the years we've lost a lot of talent that didn't live up to expectations that I'm sure would have benefitted from a season or two in the championship to mature.
AVbornandbred
Gordon Cowans, Brian Little, Gary Shaw, Tony Daley, Mark Walters, Lee Hendrie, Gareth Barry... quite a few youngsters who came through our ranks and did some good to brilliant things for us. Hopefully, if these kids get the chance then they too can be added to that list. Personally, I'd not be worried in the slightest if they were asked to fill in during the second half of the season. Delfouneso looks like our most natural finisher, Clark looked like a seasoned pro in his debut against Fulham and Albrighton was our best player in the Peace Cup games I saw
Francobaresi13
Gordon Cowans, Brian Little, Gary Shaw, Tony Daley, Mark Walters, Lee Hendrie, Gareth Barry... quite a few youngsters who came through our ranks and did some good to brilliant things for us. Hopefully, if these kids get the chance then they too can be added to that list. Personally, I'd not be worried in the slightest if they were asked to fill in during the second half of the season. Delfouneso looks like our most natural finisher, Clark looked like a seasoned pro in his debut against Fulham and Albrighton was our best player in the Peace Cup games I saw
Francobaresi13
 

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