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littleblue50

16 year old in first team

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So a wonderkid 4.5* CA, 5* PA has come through my youth intake this season better than any striker in my 1st team.  I read that up to 18 youngsters should focus on training rather than games but as hes so good would it be ok to just start immediately phasing him into the first team? or will this be bad for his long term development?

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I would play him but sensibly.

If you drive him into the ground he could hurt his long term development but on the flipside he is already better than everyone else at the club so is already developed in a way.

I would probably start him in say 20 games first season with sub appearances on top when he is fit.  If he does well keep on playing him and second season he would be first choice.

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If you play him a lot early he'll just reach his peak early, won't harm his long term development in any way.

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7 minutes ago, littleblue50 said:

would you train him with your U18s or first team?

I don't think you get a choice.

While on a youth contract he'll train with the U18s, once on a FT contract he'll train with the main squad.

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