Five homegrown Blues have made first-team debuts in Leasing.com Trophy but Atay says long-term is key
Adem Atay says it’s a boost for the Academy that so many young players have been given a first-team chance this season but says it’s longevity that counts.
Town go into tonight’s Leasing.com Trophy second round game at Peterborough with as many as five homegrown Blues having made their debuts in the competition this season.
Tyreece Simpson, Brett McGavin, Tommy Hughes, Tawanda Chirewa and Liam Gibbs all made their bow for Town in the group games and Paul Lambert looks set to include some young players in his squad for the game at the Weston Homes Stadium.
“The managers here have shown in the past that if you are good enough then you are old enough and as an Academy, we are delighted our manager now is continuing this support,” U18 boss Adem told the Club website.
“It’s obviously pleasing for us to see so many homegrown players getting a taste of the first-team. Seeing players you have worked with and supported along their journey playing in the first-team is something we take great pride in.
“The important thing though is that they have a sustained career in the game. Making a first-team debut looks good and is a nice experience for them but focus must be around longevity.”
Kick-off against Peterborough is 7.30pm with a place in the last 16 up for grabs.