Vital Football

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie...

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie...

Steve Cotterill does not like the kids, rubbish... Ok, perhaps not rubbish!

Finally though it seems as though he is ready to take a chance on a youngster - and at only 17 he really is a youngster and a youngster who has come from nowhere really to make quite an impact on the boss this summer...

Back along I wrote something about Ryan Williams and how he 'might have a chance' this season, and it seems as though he will.

Cotterill today told The News this: 'he is still very small, only 17, but I think everybody is of the same opinion that he has shown good potential so far.

'We have still got to remember he is a young boy, but he is certainly one we might have hopes for in the future.

'I don't know Ryan's best position at the moment. He is too young for me to know that so I won't go making predictions. He's a 17-year-old boy we would like to bring through.

'Whether it is right-wing, centre forward or left-wing, he played all of those roles the other night and looks a good young player.

'We just hope, physically, he develops into a man.'

I would not 'expect' Williams to be starting games, at least not early in the season anyway, but it would seem that he has every chance of being an 'impact player' from the bench - and that would not be a bad thing!

Should the Aussie youngster do the business as/when called upon then as the season goes on there is no reason why he could not become a starter, right?

17-years-old or not, if he is good enough he is old enough!

This is a refreshing change of stance from Cotterill and I like it a lot, long may this continue and long may this be an encouraging sign that other youngsters will be given the chance in the future...

Lewis Stockford, also in America with the 1st team at the moment, and Lewis Tallack are 1st year professionals although neither of these will be making the breakthrough at PFC, yet at least.

Cotterill wants these to be sent out on loan this season.

Without wanting to put too much pressure on Williams, or wanting to expect too much - given the fleeting glimpses that we have seen of him thus far he 'looks' like one to watch...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Trust



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday July 26 2011
Time: 4:29PM

Comments

0
I was impressed by him against Chelsea, good forward running, thought he could of been a bit more aware of his team mates but definitely looks an excellent prospect.
stooH
26/07/2011 16:42:00
0
Very good news to be sure, we'll be watching the lads progress with interest
Tantona
26/07/2011 17:09:00
0
Always nice to see one of the youth team come through, you always feel they have the team more at heart, even an Aussie youth player!
paultsmouth
26/07/2011 17:14:00
0
Saw him in the Youth Cup tie in January and looked a good young prospect based on what I saw then. Good to see him being given a chance in the first team at 17.
Alty Blue
26/07/2011 17:17:00
0
I've got a mate called Ryan Williams, he slips into the fat and nearly 40 bracket though!
paultsmouth
26/07/2011 17:26:00
0
Paul, Ryan isnt still playing is he ? Christ he must really struggle to wobble around the pitch now.
JASON R
26/07/2011 18:38:00
0
It seems though SC is being more careful what to say. Good, good news this is... Maybe, the youngsters we had in the past and have been shown the door, weren't really good. Time will tell!
Pompey Malta
26/07/2011 19:11:00
0
He has a go occasionally Jase, broke his foot last year though, put him off a bit!
paultsmouth
26/07/2011 19:19:00
0
Is Cott ill?
russellm
26/07/2011 19:40:00
0
Well, Tom Kilbey wasn't offered a contract by Lincoln (?) after going there on loan. Haven't heard *anything* about the others (recently). Don't forget SC doesn't have the option of a reserve team - so has to send them out on loan to give them 'game time'. Else best he can risk doing is putting maybe one on the bench - and in our predicament we couldn't risk 3 at once. So maybe he knows more than most fans after all... (I've a feeling he does!)
scott mc
27/07/2011 00:45:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Third time lucky? Nope as O'Shea interest ends

O'Shea saw a couple of bids for him put in; these were turned down by Chesterfield. A third bid hasn't come from Pompey and it isn't going to either.

Topping last seasons tally the aim

78pts was only enough for a play-off place last season so you suspect we'll have to better that for a top 3 finish this coming season, which begins with Carlisle at Fratton.

On this day in history...26th June

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 26th June.

Done Deal - Smith in permanently from Swindon

The interest Pompey retained in Smith, with him 'in our sights' has resulted in him returning to the Blues on a permanent basis after signing for an 'undisclosed fee' from Swindon.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cookie has signed five player now. How many more until you are happy?
Suggested By: eastneydave
Just a keeper1%
Two 75%
Three 12%
Four12%
More0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.eastneydave14
2.pompeyrug13
3.Copnor4311
4.FrattonBlue8
5.Pompeyboosie6
6.mslorna485
7.Jimsmithswig3
8.Ronald Wilson3
9.storagematt2
10.Lemmi1