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Lambert Confident Duo Will Remain Grounded
Friday, 24th Jan 2020 11:18

Boss Paul Lambert is confident neither Flynn Downes nor Luke Woolfenden will have their heads turned by the speculation surrounding them at the present time.

Downes, 21, brushed off links with the likes of Fulham and West Ham when speaking to the media after the win at Tranmere last week, insisting he wasn’t going anywhere, while Woolfenden, also 21, similarly played down speculation that he is interesting Sheffield United, while QPR are also believed to have been keeping tabs on the former East Bergholt High School pupil.

“He’s been great, he’s been really, really good. A young guy, playing really well and he’s got potential to definitely go to the top,” Lambert said when asked about Downes.

“I don’t think Flynn, and I hope I’m right in my assumption, it won’t matter how successful he’s going to be, I don’t think he’ll change.I’d be really, really surprised if he changed.

“If he keeps the attitude he’s got now then he’s going to go far, that’s for sure. He’ll go far because he’s going to be a really top midfield player.”

Similarly, he doubts Woolfenden will get carried away by the promise of the trappings of the game at a higher level.

“No, you’d think not,” he added. “You’d be disappointed if the years go by and you think the two of them have come off the rails or been big-headed or the money takes over their attitude to the game.

“Hopefully that doesn’t happen to them, but at that this moment I can’t see it just because of their two characters and they have a good grounding and look as if they come from good families, good strong families which I think is important for them.”

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PortmanTerrorist added 11:25 - Jan 24
If we want them on OUR pitch then the best thing we can ALL do, including PL and TWTD, is just shut the #### up talking about these 2. Please.

Suffolkboy added 12:02 - Jan 24
Not sure it’s in OUR gift to prevent media and other interest being publicly expressed in ANY of our players !
For those interested in maintaining the proper quota of Home grown players in both the EFL and Premier Leagues, there was an interesting article in the Telegraph a few days ago detailing the ‘ minutes of playing time ‘ and age grouping now required in the Mexican Football leagues : a comparison with UK was revealing but the objectives were plainly to foster , require and retain good talent ,foster better financial habits and improve domestic interest .
Something akin would see less youngsters going to large Clubs only to take big money but not play much by way of 1st team football .
We can but hope we can find a way to keep our talent !


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