Noticed a trend yet? Curtis Davies has said our Young Lions shouldn't be happy returning from Portugal and expecting to go back in the second string.
Speaking on the Official Site Davies said the likes of Albie, Bannany, Lichajy and Weemany should be returning to training determined to do everything they can to get into the first team now.
Having seen them first hand last season in the reserves and during training, Curtis thinks they all can go on and make an impact in the league at such a tender age.
'They shouldn't be going to places like Portugal with the squad and then when they get back think they'll just be in the reserves - they are not really doing themselves justice. But I don't think the lads are like that here.'
Davies adds that each of them should have the mindset that everytime O'Neill watches them they are giving him a choice - who to drop, not should I give them a chance - and showing him that they are playing with a very professional air of self confidence.
'It's easier to say about the young lads that they are just excited to be in the setup, but we all want to play. They should have that hunger from the start and I see that in our younger lads - they want to break through and break into the team.'
Davies calls it a ruthless streak, no young player worth their salt should be trying to make up the numbers, they should be wanting to play, wanting to make a contribution.
It certainly seems to bare out the attitude of our youngsters during this pre season campaign.
Obviously a couple stand out more than others, Albrighton and Lichaj for example, and they've had slightly longer than others to impress but Weimann, Delfouneso, Clark Bannan have all had moments when given the chance.
It's a good debate on the forum at the moment - too many threads infected to link - but would fans take a lower league position as a result of blooding our youngsters in a solid 15 league games minimum each or not?
I would. You never know for sure if a young lad will make it until they get a run in the team and see how they do, I'd dearly love to see this bunch get a proper crack this season, as whilst nobody can guarantee they would all be able to make the step up, if only 2 or 3 could we'd be laughing in my humble opinion.
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