This season has been a good one for the first team youngsters at the club!
Collison has made a BIG impact and is a regular starter when fit. Tomkins have put on some decent displays and seem not to be out of his depth in the PL. Sears have started a few games this season and even though he has failed to impress me that much at least some of that is due to the fact that he has played without a decent target player by his side. Now Stanislas has made his bow, a promising one, and is asking for a start. The bench has been full of this young talent for most of the games. Good for them! Probably good for the future.
The reason, of course, is not only that they are exceptional talents, but also forced by the way the squad was trimmed back in January. Zola, we are told, wanted a smaller squad and the so called fringe players were sold or loaned out. The inevitable result of that kind of trimming is the lack of back up. We all knew this was coming and I for one was (and still am) pretty happy with the transfer window considering everything.
We should be proud of the youngsters from our academy, but let’s do the right deductions. This does not automatically mean that the youngsters have yet developed into players we like to see in a starting lineup, so in a way I hope that we will not see as many bright prospects being played in important games next seasons.