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Alan1989   
quote:Originally posted by n0150774

How many points clear are Chelsea?


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1 point clear, says on the Premier League site that Southampton have a game in hand.

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quote:Originally posted by True Blue Gary

Perhaps we should test these two guys by promoting them to the Reserves for next season. That is if you reckon they are already that good.


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id="quote">They've already appeared in the reserves and may well become reserve team regulars next season, together with a few other young players. Sinclair has alrady become a reserves regular.

The reserves are playing extremely well at the moment, but there are 3/4 of the "old guard" that are likely to get the chop.

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Great to hear that we're top of the youth league, but what about the reserves? where are they positioned in their league? I was watching Chelsea TV yesterday and noticed Damien Duff's younger brother Jamie. Has anyone seen him play?

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I went along to The Bridge on Friday afternoon and really enjoyed watching the youth team. Thought a few of you might be interested in some views about the youngsters.

Our victory was deserved although Cardiff recovered very well from going a goal down in the opening minutes to dominate the first quater of the game. Once we got a foothold however we were clearly the better side even if we didn't actually create too many clear cut openings.

The main reason for my trip was to get a look at Scott Sinclair but, I'm sorry to say, he was very disapointing. He played all but a few minutes of the game out wide on the left where he struggled to make an impact. I got chatting to some people from Bristol, including a school mate of Scott's, and they were addament that he was being played out of position and that he has to be played through the middle to get the best out of him.

I watch virtually no youth football at all so it'd be fair to say I might not be the best judge but, on this viewing, there are a number of better prospects in the squad than Scott. Shaun Cummings for example had a very lively game playing at centre forward for the first 75 minutes then switching to wide right for the last quarter of an hour. His pace and trickery caused Cardiff problems all game although without ever quite opening them up.

Shaun is definitely one to watch in my opinion and he linked very well with Jack Watkins when the latter came on to play centre forward for the last 15. Jack held the ball up extremely well, appears to have a good eye for the right pass to bring teammates into the game and produced a wonderful strike from just outside the box that drew an equally wonderful save from the Cardiff keeper. Even in just those 15 minutes of action I felt you could see why Watkins is an England youth international.

Our young German, Nick Hamann, played in goal. He made a couple of decent catches but in truth had virtually nothing to do all game. He was most noticeable when, on several occaisions, he came well out of his area to give an earful to one of he colleagues, Dean Furman. This was Dean's last game for the club since he's being released at the end of the season. On this evidence I'm sad to say that I can see why. I asked a club official about Dean and was told that he's had offers of trial's with the Old Firm. Obviously I wish him well but I'd be surprised if he makes it with either of those clubs.

The entire back four had decent games. Harry Worley was dominant and calm at Centre Back where his play reminded me a lot of Steve Wicks. Both full backs got forward well, particularly Ryan Bertrand on the left. He delivered one or two good crosses from open play but also seems to be the team's dead ball specialist. It was his freekick that was headed into his own net by a Cardiff player for our goal and Ryan came within inches of notching a second when he flighted another freekick just over the bar.

Ryan's display at left back was the more eye-ctching but Sam Hutchinson at right back looked the more solid defensively. He was quick, strong in the tackle, good in the air and composed in possession. Particularly impressive was the authoritative way he talked to and organised the players in front of him. I liked the look of this lad and, based on this showing, I'd say he has a chance. Yep, Sam had a good game but he was not star man. That, in my opinion, was Liam Bridcutt.

Liam played the holding role and had a terrific outing. He read the game beautifully, closed down space, was quick into the tackle but without ever diving in. On top of which he displayed excellent technique and maturity. Whenever the skipper, centre-back Jack Cork, bombed forward to set off an attack Liam duitifully dropped into the back four to fill in.

There's more.. Liam was calmness personified in possession. He got it and gave it quick and simple but when a penetrating ball was available he spotted it; putting Sinclair and then Watkins through with great passes. To top it off he came closest to a second goal when a fabulously weighted chip was tipped onto the bar by their keeper.

Liam will be 17 next month and obviously has a lot of development to do but I was very excited by what I saw and made a point of shaking Liam's hand to congratulate him on his performance after the game. I'm not sure if everyone noticed this lad because he opperated in the 'Maka' role but, for me, his performance was worth the trip on its own.

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Update on 11/05/06:

The club has confirmed the names of those young players will be staying and those who will be leaving. Sadly Jack Watkins is among those going while Dean Smith's release puts the mockers on my Transfer Window Challenge entry because I had Dean down to go out on loan. Shows what I know!

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ChAoS   

Wow, nice analysis BridgeJunky.. How about the post of 'Official CFCnet Scout'? Hope those young lads can really take the next step towards proving their fantastic talent in the next level.. I am still wishing Scott Sinclair get produce something to get into the next level, he is one of the most exciting prospects, we are in need of a good centre forward!

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Karan   

Thanks a lot Bridgejunky! Great to see that there are good young players at the club. Will be nice to see how they develop. Here's wishing them the best of luck and a great future with Chelsea.

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