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Why discount them?

Why discount them?

I guess given Steve Cotterill's track record with youth, and his thoughts on using them, it is not really a surprise that he is discounting them for the season ahead...

So his views in The News today that the youngsters, some of which were on display against Havant, will not really be part of his 1st team squad regularly will 'surprise' many - although talk of only talking 'one or two' with the squad to America is unbelievable.

I assume the plane will have a certain amount of seats reserved - given our squad numbers I find it unlikely these would have been filled so what harm would it do taking those that featured on Monday to America?

They will feel more like part of the squad and the experience could well prove useful for them. Also, be it in just the one scheduled game we have or perhaps an extra one added, why should they not be given a run-out. We need to be protective of those that will be in the 1st team this season so why take undue risks?

To be fair Cotterill 'probably' does have a point, in as much as these youngsters need to develop physically, as well as mentally I would say, but what better way to give them mental toughness by making them feel welcome and part of the team.

I think it is crazy to already be saying the kids will not make up the numbers in our squad this season though. Ok, perhaps they are not ready but I would sooner have a bench with 7 players on it, even if 3 will not get a look-in, than have to keep looking down at 3 or 4 players again this season, which 'could' still be the case.

The experience that the kids would get from being, and feeling, part of the 1st team squad could be worth so much and could only help their development.

We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by handling the current batch of youngsters we have at the club the right way, and those that will follow behind in the next year or so...

If they are constantly knocked, with negatives given, and given no encouragement or reason to think that they are, or will be, part of the 1st team then what incentive do they have to wanting a long-term future at PFC?


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Date:Wednesday July 13 2011
Time: 1:37PM


I agree with SC about the fact that these guys are not ready for the rigours of a season in the Championships but cannot see why they cannot at least experience pre season and learn from the so called season pro's. Magri will be off for sure if we do not do something. Still think we are 5 players off of a possible mid table finish at the moment.
13/07/2011 14:28:00
If "We need to be protective of those that will be in the 1st team this season so why take undue risks?" why are we playing any pre-season matches? Let SC formulate his best formations etc. I agree he has a downer on youth, but that's another story.
13/07/2011 14:45:00
I hate to see us with an empty bench just because we do not have the numbers. SC should let them be part of the team, and reserve these comments to his wife or in front of the mirror! I am sure some may do better than what we have; last season Matt Ritchie would have done a better job than Dicko (sitting on the bench) and Magri would be a good back up.... and give him a few minutes when we are in a position to do so. SC, why don't you look for players and stop make this silly comments?
Pompey Malta
13/07/2011 16:26:00
Enough with the downer on SC & youth - It is his decision and he'll stand or fall by it .. If he doesn't think they are good enough (and Andy Awford is on record saying the same) then that is not a reason to have a moan or suggest that they are 'constantly being knocked' - If and when they are good enough I'm sure he'll include them.. as you say Rug
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by handling the current batch of youngsters we have at the club the right way...
I think we should trust SC to know what is the 'right way'
13/07/2011 17:42:00
I'm on the fence here, as much as I think it's worth a shot bringing these players into the squad to give them some first team experience, whether it is just training with the seniors or playing 10-15 minutes of a cup match when we're 3-0 up it can be vital, especially if we're low on numbers like we were last season.
But as Chix said ultimately the decision will be made by SC, and if he doesn't think their good enough, we have to trust his judgement as he is in a much better position to judge.
14/07/2011 04:11:00
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