Tuesday, 11 August 2009

'The Main (Stand) Man' Speaks: Emerging Talent

In part three of our series about Pre Season positives to take into the new Premiership campaign, 'The Main (Stand) Man' turns his watchfull eye towards the new talent emerging through the ranks...

Progress of youngsters
As always, the pre-season schedule has been used to involve many of the reserve and youth team players in several matches. Good displays have been seen from the likes of Jay Spearing, Mikel San Jose, and Damien Plessis among others. Rafa will no doubt have his own thoughts on the matter, but in my opinion the youngsters have slotted in well with their more experienced counterparts in the majority of instances. Particular mention, though, should go to Martin Kelly, whose outings have been particularly impressive despite not playing in his preferred position of centre-half some of the time. Whilst still unlikely to be in the first team squad for extended periods of time during the coming season, his showings during the pre-season will certainly have given Rafa confidence that he can do a job for the team if required. If he continues to progress as he has been, then it will not be long before the first team squad is more regularly inclusive of his name.

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