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Lambert: Big Ask for Kids Such as Morris
Thursday, 3rd Jan 2019 18:32

Blues boss Paul Lambert says striker Ben Morris is unlikely to see any involvement in his first team, despite having returned from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers.

“At this moment in time we just need a little bit more than that,” he said when asked if the 19-year-old could come into his thoughts having returned. “As I said before, if you’re hanging your hat on kids, you’re in trouble.

“You can’t ask the kids to keep going week in, week out for you, it’s a really big ask for them. They’ve done great. If you look at the team on Saturday it was incredibly young.

“Jack Lankester’s done great for me since he’s been in. He’s done really well. Flynn Downes has been excellent, he’s sustained it, Trevoh Chalobah’s only 19 years old as well.

“As I said after the game, Steve Morison’s appearances were than our front six, which is an incredible way the club has gone but that’s the way it’s gone.

“We can’t keep relying on them to learn their trade when you’re in the position we’re in. hey need a little bit of help themselves.”

Morris, who is cup-tied so couldn’t play at Accrington on Saturday in any case, will have to go out to a Vanarama National League club if the Blues want to send him back out on loan due to FIFA’s three club rule having featured for Town on the opening day and Forest Green this season.

“I’ll have to find that out,” Lambert added. “I don’t want kids to come here and stagnate and train and train with nothing at the end of it.

“You’d rather kids go out and play games as well. At this moment in time, it’ll be difficult for him because we need a little bit more, you saw the physicality of Millwall, even Sheffield United, teams are a helluva lot bigger than us, we need that little bit more power.”

Josh Emmanuel and Luke Woolfenden remain out on loan at Shrewsbury and Swindon respectively, but Tristan Nydam is back from his half-season spell at St Johnstone.

“Tristan’s back, he trained this morning and did well,” Lambert said. “But he’s not in my thoughts for Saturday, not at this moment in time.”

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runningout added 18:41 - Jan 3
George Williams from Forest Green not a bad shout I reckon Mr Lambert

Carl2588 added 18:58 - Jan 3
I get what PL is saying but you can never say never surely if at some point he gives him a shot and comes on bangs a brace in and does well if their good enough their old enough.

Pecker added 19:24 - Jan 3
If they are good enough, then age doesn't come in to it.

truckerblue added 19:39 - Jan 3
He desperately needs wolfie back and playing.

Trequartista added 20:00 - Jan 3
Why has he come back then?

jas0999 added 20:15 - Jan 3
I’d prefer to see Morris than Keane on loan from Hull. The chances of survival are already very slim. Morris could be a key player for us next season. Keane won’t be. His record is very very average.

Saxonblue74 added 21:02 - Jan 3
Agree with the "good enough is old enough" sentiments but PL obviously doesn't feel they are good enough yet, he's playing kids the same age so clearly that isn't the issue here.

Daleyitfc added 09:48 - Jan 4
Big ask? No, it isn't. But we clearly have another manager with no faith in our own young players and who instead will fritter away the club's money on ageing has-beens, mostly on loan. Get rid of all the loanees, and recall all of our own , ditch the dross (which is most of the squad) and just play our own young players for the rest of the season : we'll go down, obviously, but then we are going down whatever we do, and at least then by May we'll know which of the young players can cut the mustard, and which can't.

Blue_Moses added 13:55 - Jan 4
We are already in trouble

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