The 18-year-old has played every minute of every game at right-back in both the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and the Premier League International Cup so far this term but, along with his defensive colleagues, has been frustrated by the manner in which we’ve conceded certain goals over the course of the campaign.
However, all that was put right with a 4-0 win against a tough Portuguese side in the final group game of the International Cup at Stevenage, as we scored twice either side of half-time and ensured there was no way through for our continental visitors.
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, Kyle was overjoyed with our efforts on the pitch, but was particularly pleased with our defensive performance.
“Finally we’ve got a clean sheet!” he declared. “All of the back four are really buzzing about that because we’ve been working towards it for a while.
“We’ve made some silly mistakes in our past games but now we’ve put all our good work together to stop Porto from scoring. We also had the help of the players in front of us – the forwards have been scoring goals and creating chances, but they also defend well from the front so that helps our cause.”
A brace from Shaq Coulthirst was added to with goals from Anton Walkes and Emmanuel Sonupe on Monday as we stormed into the quarter-finals of the competition, having also beaten German outfit FC Schalke 04 last month.
Kyle said the players always enjoy the chance to challenge themselves against European opponents and underlined how it all helps their development in the long-run.
“It’s always good to come up against a team from somewhere other than England because it shows you different styles of football and it makes you more intelligent as a player,” he explained.
“You need that sort of experience because in your later career you might come up against foreign teams and you’ll have to deal with it.”