Date: 10th January 2010 at 11:01am
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Well considering it now appears we won’t be signing anyone this season, it seems more likely that our youngsters are going to start getting some serious playing time instead.

The will we, won’t we transfer saga and contradictory comments by Monny have been dealt with elsewhere, so it’s probably no real surprise to see the Official Site carrying quotes from O’Neill talking about the next generation of hopefuls in the reserves.

It’s the way it normally goes, no signings = talk about the youngsters.

But I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing, we are all crying out for the likes of Delph, Albrighton, Clark to get some real on pitch time, especially with our so called ability to rotate this season, but in the main when the chance has been there for them to be drafted in, they are lucky if they get 20 minutes at the end of the game.

If we don’t actually now bolster the squad this month, when suspensions and injuries hit O’Neill will have no choice but to bring them in and see whether they sink or swim and let’s be honest, when called on previously they certainly haven’t sank.

Anyhoo, enough of my rambling.

In the article Monny highlights Albrighton, Delboy and Clarky when saying ‘they all have important roles to play.’

So far that has mainly been as benchwarmers, but hopefully it’ll change soon, and O’Neill also says he’s turned down a number of loan requests from other clubs for them.

‘While they would all love to be playing on a regular basis, at this minute I think all of them are pretty happy to be around the squad and learning their trade.’

He then cites the Peace Cup as proof of what they are all capable of achieving as long as they keep their feet on the ground and keep working, adding that non of them are far from his thoughts, as can be seen by Albrighton making an appearance against Liverpool.

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