Date:Tuesday July 26 2011
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!
Date:Tuesday July 26 2011
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