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Under-17 Reports

Posted on 27 May 2002  - 12:00

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Jimmy Neighbour runs the rule over the first year trainees that formed his under-17 Academy side last season who will now step up to join Pat Holland in the under-19s.


Paul's had a reasonably good season, he's done very well and improved his dealing with crosses and shot stopping, but he's just got to start cutting out silly mistakes.

His distribution has got to improve but, other than that, he's done pretty well this year.


Danny has worked hard at his game. Physically and defensively he's got to keep working at it, but his passing, distribution and receiving of the ball is very good. He's done okay.

Marcel started the season well and was pushed up to the under-19s, so that's progress. He came back down to me for the last couple of games and he's got to keep working on his distribution. A good lad, a good personality around the place and he works hard at his game. He's done well.

David has improved tremendously this year and is probably one of the most improved players in the squad. He lacks technique and he knows that, he's got to work big-time on his receiving and passing of the ball. But his defensive play and his will to win is excellent.

Danny is the opposite to David and is very comfortable on the ball and receives the ball well. He takes up great positions defensively. He was an England international as a schoolboy, but he got an injury that put him out of the picture. I would say he is as good as there is in England at his age, but they've got to come and look for themselves.

Dan's had a good season and has been captain. He's just got to go on from here and prove he's good enough at under-19 level.


Mario played most of the season on the right side and has got a lovely attitude and a bit of pace about. He's got a nice little change of pace when he wants to use it, not bad on the ball, but must improve his consistency. At times the ball might just bounce off him rather than him receiving it properley, which is the consistency he's got to improve.

Crosses a good ball but, consistency again, he might put a couple of great crosses in and then put one behind the goal. So Mario's got to work on that side of his technique, his distribution and receiving is good. He likes to run with the ball, so he's got a chance if he keeps working at his game.

A very good technique, but Lee's got to work at his game a bit more. A good footballer, neat and tidy, and doesn't give the ball away that often. We would like to see him on the ball a bit more, so he's got to push himself forward more in a game.

Jon has improved tremendously this year. Again, he was one who didn't get in the game when he first came here. As the season has gone on he's worked hard at being a physical presense. His passing and receiving of the ball is very good and now he's starting to make more of an impact in games. We're now looking for Lee and Jon to push on from here.

Nicky started with me and got pushed on to the the under-19s. He's had a good season, but he's got to start thinking about his game. His strength is his running, he's a good runner who likes to get forward. But, again, he's one who doesn't think about his game and he's got to improve that side of it. When he's on the ball, does he pass it? Does he run with it?

He's got a great attitude, and if attitude alone gets you somewhere then he might get there.

He'g got a lot of ability Tim, I love watching him play when he's on his game. He receives the ball well and runs with it nicely. But he's another one that needs to be more progressive, more physical and not get knocked off the ball so easy. He needs to want the ball a little bit more than he does and have more of an impact on the game.

The kid has got a lot of talent, but kids that do not use that talent sometimes fall by the wayside. I hope it's not the case with Tim.


Jamie started the season with us. He has a good, strong build and played the first ten games of the season for us and was outstanding. He scored a lot of goals and then got pushed up to the under-19s and deservedly so.

This gave a young lad called Michael Malcolm a chance, an under-16 schoolboy, and he played the rest of the season with me. He carried on where Jamie left off scoring our goals.

Mark Yeates is a different type of player to those. A lot of talent, Mark, very enthusiastic. Again he is one who wants to do certain things at wrong times, but with experience his decision making has improved, and now his ability on the ball and interplay that he does is outstanding.

He's got to put himself about a bit more physically and he's also got to get in the box and score more goals. Otherwise he's be a striker who doesn't score goals. He does play off a front man, but you can play into him as he has great ability.

Hopefully, in the next two years, if he just fills out and uses his talent to the upmost, then the kid has got half a chance.