Matty I think found it difficult initially. Another who came from playing regular first team football and found the transition difficult coming from a first team to, in effect, our reserve group. But again, he has got better.
He plays in a difficult position for somebody like him and I think it’s always going to be hard for someone with the vision he has to work his way into the Premiership as a winger. It’s a hard position where you have to consistently take players on, and I must admit in the early period he found it harder, but got better and better as he went on.
We look forward to next season and him pushing on again, but he is one who needs to be playing and at the moment is very much a part of the first team squad.
With each player there are good and bad parts to their game, areas they need to improve on and we would obviously work on that. If it’s physical we would work on body strength and Matty would be no different to anybody else. If anything he needs to be more consistent, but again all we want to see is progress and we’ve certainly saw signs at the end of the season. The next stage for him is breaking in to the first team, which will be hard for him.
It’s been a little bit of an unfortunate season for Ciaran and sometimes the fact that he can play in many positions doesn’t help. His best position, no doubt, for me is central midfield and I really look forward to next season for him to play more regularly in that position.
Also the fact that he has played in a few positions, when we’ve had strong squads he might have been a player who got left out. He has ability and that’s why we made sure and secured his contract a year ago.
I would like to see him become a regular consistent reserve player next season, whereas last season it was a little bit in and out for him.
He can play on the right, but he needs more games and to play a full reserve season. He’s been involved in the first team squads, but needs to play. He’s been away with the Northern Ireland under-21 squads and done very well for them.
Stephen is really a first team regular now, certainly a regular squad player. Tottenham through and through, likes the ball and always wants to play.
One thing about Stephen is, when he’s had spells out of the first team, he’ll be the first one asking me when I was reserve team manager about the next game.
Never any doubting his enthusiasm and he has become a valuable member of the first team squad.
Another one like Etherington who found the first period hard — even more so because Simon played quite a few games at Peterborough and I think he found it hard coming from their first team to our reserves and not really getting a shout in the first team.
He’s a little bit older than Matthew as well, but one thing that has shown with Simon is that with him being a quieter lad it has taken him just a little bit longer.
If I look at the spell he had in the first team, he has got better and you can see that on the training ground. He’s certainly more confident in training sessions, but that just comes with playing games.
With quite a few of them, and he’s one, it’s about the balance of giving them regular first team games, but there are only 11 places in the starting line-up.
The latest installment of Chris Hughton's run-down of players who performed for the reserve side during the course of last season.