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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
Date:Sunday January 10 2010
Time: 11:00AM

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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
10/01/2010 11:13:00
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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
10/01/2010 11:13:00
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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
10/01/2010 11:27:00
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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
10/01/2010 11:27:00
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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
10/01/2010 11:50:00
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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
10/01/2010 11:50:00
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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
10/01/2010 12:03:00
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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
10/01/2010 12:03:00
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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
10/01/2010 13:33:00
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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
10/01/2010 13:33:00
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