Date: 29th July 2010 at 5:30pm
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Marc Albrighton is determined to make an impact on the Premiership this season after declaring age is irrelevant if you are good enough.

Fair enough that sounds cockier than he meant it, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a young player having confidence in their ability and all players need a touch of arrogance, if anything it’s a sign of ambition.

Speaking to the Express and Star Albie admitted he firmly believes that ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ when it comes to football these days and believes like most fans in fact, that after a period of being brought into the first team, experiencing the training, the bench, getting a few tastes of the pitch, there’s nothing wrong with throwing a lad in to see if he can sink or swim.

In his case he certainly swam at last seasons Peace Cup, and his appearances in the first team for Cup games and the odd Prem appearance so far have been steady if unspectacular.

He isn’t overawed by the experience and whilst most of us would like to see him become more involved in the play, when he’s had the chance to make some headway down the wing he hasn’t shirked the responsibility – well we are aware of how juicy some of his crossing can be aren’t we.

This pre season, especially against Walsall he does look like he’s stepped up another gear and I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t a regular Cup fixture and bagged himself at least 10 games in the league.

I suppose it’s open for debate on whether he’s ready to start games and be considered a first 11 regular (I happen to think he is) but from what we’ve seen so far he’s definitely capable of being a regular from the bench to shake things up and provide us with another option.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.

‘Am I ready for the Premier League? I’d like to think so. Age should not matter because if you’re good enough you should be thrown in there and be able to perform.’

Albrighton adds that he thinks he’s improved over the last 12 months after mixing it with the first team in training and that he’s a much strong player overall now, he just wants the appearances to improve – whilst being sensible enough to say that’s ‘down to the gaffer’ – and he’s just got to keep working hard in training and taking every opportunity he can to impress.

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