BOSS | YOUNGSTERS WILL NEED PATIENCE

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“In terms of the numbers coming through, it’s exciting. It’s important that they keep learning. They must keep their feet on the ground”

Paul Lambert has said demands will be put on the young players at Town but patience will also be key to their development – and the right attitude.

Blues had six homegrown players in the 18 for the draw against Bristol City on Tuesday, with Idris El Mizouni making his debut as a second-half substitute at Ashton Gate.

“When you look at the kids we have in the first-team – Bish is older now I know but he’s missed two years of football; Emmanuel, Kenlock, Downes, Dozzell, Lankester, Idris – the future looks really exciting here,” writes the Town boss in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“Idris is a big talent. He deserved his chance. I’m not putting the kids in as gifts. They have all earned the right to play and they have got to perform and help the team win games.

“They will have demands put on them. They have too but we need to show patience with them as well. It’s the way forward for the Club, to create that pathway for young players to make that transition into the first-team.

“In terms of the numbers coming through, it’s exciting. It’s important that they keep learning, keep listening. They must keep their feet on the ground.

“That is the danger to young players now, in my opinion. They have to respect where they work; respect the people around them. Once you start thinking you’ve made it as a player, football has a habit of coming back and biting you.”

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