it`s a real shame that we play with quite some dross game in, game out, while our younger players don`t get a real shot at trying to earn a place in the first team. Yes, O`hare didn`t have the best game of his life during our FA-cup match, but it`s not how you blood young players in. You don`t change the whole starting 11, and put alle the pressure on glueing the team together on a 19 year old. Look at Leeds with jack Clarke, they brought him on against us in the second half and let him catch us off guard with his pace and trickery. There wasen`t any big pressure on him, the were already two goals down, and anything he did would only be a positive suprise.
I`m really scared of the thought that we could end up releasing players with real potential like O`hare, Clark, Blackett-Taylor and Bedeau, with out giving them a proper introduction to the first team and letting them try to earn their place. It truly amazes me that we haven`t tried to give the youth a more deserved shot this season, if one look at almost every team above us in the table they have given much more game time to their own players aged 21 and under, compared to us were only Bree of our own contracted players have had more than 150 min (Green has 143, and RHM has 60). I don`t think it`s because the youth players at the other clubs inherently have a lot more potential than our own, it might seem like it now because they have got some play time, and got accustomed to the level of the championship. We should be bold, and hopefully next season we can fill up our squad and most likely our bench with hungry and proud Villa-players, instead of players only here for their last paycheck (Whelan, Jedinak, RIchards) or because we panick bought them trying to squeeze them into our team (Hogan etc). I for one think we would improve alot if we choose the first route