Lambert Keen for Dobra, El Mizouni and McGavin to Go Out on Loan
Friday, 11th Sep 2020 13:19
Town boss Paul Lambert would like youngsters Armando Dobra, Idris El Mizouni and Brett McGavin to go out on loan in order to get first-team games under their belts.
Midfielder McGavin, 20, signed a new contract which runs to the summer of 2022, with the club having an option for a further season, earlier in the week, and Lambert says the midfielder now needs to go out and get games after making four senior appearances for Town last season and having featured during in pre-season.
"I think he needs first-team football to keep progressing the way he's going,” Lambert said.
"He's trained with us for most of pre-season, he's played some games, a great experience for him at Tottenham as well.
"But I think now we maybe look at going out on loan, I think that's important for his development and getting games.”
Fellow midfielder El Mizouni, 19, has made six senior starts and seven sub appearances, scoring once, and was also involved with the first team in pre-season, netting a stunning goal at Colchester.
Lambert says he’d like the Tunisia international, who had a spell at Cambridge last season before picking up an injury, to go out for another stint, although at the moment the Paris-born schemer is suffering from a minor fitness issue.
“He’s got an injury in his back at the minute, but he’s doing alright,” the Blues boss said."Idris needs games as well, without a doubt. A really good talent, without a doubt. He just needs to play football games.”
And the same goes for Albania U21 international Dobra, also 19, who has made four starts and four sub appearances, scoring once, on his debut at Luton in the Carabao Cup last season.
“He’s another kid that needs constant first team football and in an environment where he can get away from U23 football where there’s no really pressure on you,” Lambert continued.
"Those kids have to play with pressure, we need to get them out playing men’s football and learning the hard way is important for them.”
Ideally, he’d like to send them to League Two and despite clubs at that level being short on cash due to the coronavirus crisis, he says there ought to be sides able to afford to pay a proportion of their wages while they are with them.
“The two kids are not on great money, they’re only kids and you’ve got to earn the right to go up the ladder and get financially looked after,” he said. "They’re on money that the football club thinks is their value.
"The most important thing is their development. It’s the development of the kids that’s important, forget the finances, it’s how they progress as footballers and how it’s going to be going forward and making a career going forward.
“Ideally, [I’d like them to go to League Two], if that can happen, great. They're are good players and they could handle that level.”
Town have already sent keeper Harry Wright, 21, on loan to Swedish side GAIS until December and left-back Bailey Clements and forward Kai Brown, both 19, to National League Dagenham & Redbridge.
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