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Looking at 'the youngsters' and the 'lack of passion shown by some who now need to move on' was touched up briefly in an article that was written yesterday (Who we gonna get? - here) so not too much emphasis will be placed on that here...

Although what I will look at here are 'alternatives' that we could bring into the starting XI, as opposed to those we loan in, from what we already have!

Joel Ward
You could argue that he is not a 'fringe player' but after last seasons breakthrough - and I maintain my thoughts that had Steve Cotterill got his way this would not have happened! - this season has been a bit of a 'stop start' one for Ward.

He has been in and out of the side but I think that his ability, passion and desire to want to play for the shirt should see him return on a regular basis, the problem is where will this be?

I always had the guy pegged as a central defender, but a growing ability and confidence on the ball has seen a right back position as one that I think he can fill quite easily. Then again he has looked the part as midfielder quite often so maybe, just maybe it is time for one of the 'regular' trio of central midfield players to move aside for someone younger, more mobile, energetic and hungrier so he can play in a box-to-box midfield roll?

Ryan Williams
Without a shadow of a doubt the most 'natural' wide player that we have on our books at the moment, he likes to run at players, he likes to get to the byline and has pace to burn.

His cameos at the start of the season showed that despite being only 17 he had ability about him, so if he is good enough he is old enough - yep he will make mistakes but that is part of developing as a footballer and the only real way for his development to continue is by playing.

With no regular football, apart from going out on loan, there is no way that his development can continue so his talent will go to waste before he eventually leaves Fratton, as would be inevitable.

All in all, in the brief moments that we have seen of him this season, he has offered more - ability as a right winger goes - than any other played in that position...

Marko Futacs
I do not really know what to make of the guy, not enough has been seen of him really and when it has it has been pretty difficult to decide upon anything as it has been, invariably, with us 'chasing a lost cause'.

The guy is young, but not 'young young' so he has been around long enough really to be pushing for a regular squad place at least - if his hold up play, aerial ability and most importantly finishing are any better than the other 'strikers' that we have of his type then again lets give him more time on the pitch.

If he is not good enough then the sooner his initial 1-year contract expires the better, we then decline the option to extend his stay further...

Jed Wallace
This guy is one that we know least of all about as very few of us would have seen anything at all from him?

Premier league clubs such as Newcastle were 'said' to be interested in the young midfielder, who has a 'very bright future' ahead of him by all account. When he was signed it was said that he was 'for now and the future' - thus far there has been no sniff whatsoever of him being for the now?

Perhaps a short time away from Fratton on loan to a football league club would do him some good as it is still a bit of a jump from non-league to the nopower, then again if he is good enough then why wait...

Lewis Tallack
Ok, perhaps a little raw still but he is back from an early season loan and that would have done him some good.

Maybe the most unlikely of all the names mentioned here to breakthrough this side of Christmas, if this season at all, but never say never...

Lewis Stockford
Not in the Ryan Williams mould although he too was one of the few younger players that Cotterill actually talked about in such a way that you felt that a place near the 1st team squad might not have been as far away as many would have thought?

Another that has spent some time away from Fratton on loan getting some regular football, which would have helped.

Again, perhaps it is 'unlikely' that we will see him starting many, if any, games in the not to distant future but a place on the bench may not be out of the question - certainly in the FA cup in the New Year perhaps?

Sam Magri
This is a young talent that has been known of for a few years now but no breakthrough has been managed.

A few problems have been experienced with injuries, and the teenager clearly needs to do a bit more building up and bulking up but quite evidently the ability it there - you do not play for, and captain, England at any level if you do not have ability and this is something that he has managed.

I would like to see a chance come along this season as a bright future looks possible...

The Herminator
You may well have noticed, or event thought, that I had missed him?

Well, as much as I love the guy - and may regret 'writing him off' - I am not sure just how much more he has to offer us and at the moment the signing of a new contract last summer is not looking like such a good move really.

Yep, he is a great motivator to have around the club but being on the type of money I suspect he is this could well prove to be a pretty expensive 'Mr Motivator' we have as football wise I am not sure how much more he has to offer?

Summary, now over to you guys...

So, we have a 'small squad' but we have enough 'fringe players' to keep those currently in the team on their toes - I know some would slaughter him for it but speaking for myself here I would show Appy great respect if he had the bottle to leave out some '1st team regulars' and gave some of these others a chance.

In a new managers first game in charge you would have thought, at least hoped, the starting XI would have been busting a gut to impress upon him that they are worthy of retaining a starting place?

Far too few did this against Watford so lets hope that Appy 'mixes it up' this weekend against Leicester with some of these names maybe coming into contention.

Which one(s) would you most like to see getting a bit more, or just some full stop, 1st team football under Appy?

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Date:Tuesday November 22 2011

Time: 11:40AM

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Good read.... My view is you need to give youth a chance, if you don't how do they progress?? I think Appy needs to overhaul the midfield, that for me is our weak point at the moment. We have enough cover in the other area's at the moment, although saying that I would like to see us take a chance on that Thompson striker from Hampton and Richmond and put him straight in the team. A bit of unknown from us to the other teams could help us score a few more!!
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22/11/2011 12:20:00

After reading about that pile you need some decent loans in Jan. Knock on Harry the Magnificents door. He's got a new heart you know and I am sure he will be in to lending you a couple at the right price if you know what I mean.
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22/11/2011 12:25:00

Harry the Magnificent??? Sorry who is he??
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22/11/2011 13:23:00

In all honesty we need to get Ward back into the middle in place of Norris. On countless times we don't look like we have no midfield because all the players have ghosted up-field. Then a counter attack then happens leaving Mullins to try and cover 3 or 4 players. Ward is much better at covering the ground to support both defence and attack.
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22/11/2011 15:19:00

I agree Norris hasn't been great but we all wanted him here and he didn't jm just become a bad player over night. I'd be happy for a player or Lawrence to be dropped but don't see it happening in any major amount just yet; certainly not before the scumpton game.
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