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Under-19 Files - part 2

Posted on 22 May 2002  - 12:00

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Pat Holland continues his end of term reports on players that featured in his under-19 Academy side last season, this time concentrating on the defenders.

JAMES LEE
Young Jimmy, he started off in the side but, as it took shape, unfortunately he was the one who found himself out.

There was a couple of areas he needed to improve on just with his defending. I like to see defenders being good defenders and anything else is a bonus. I just felt in one versus one situations he found it a little bit difficult.

Hopefully he's go on and get a club next year, he's starting off the season at Southend so hopefully they'll be something in it for him at the end of the day.

STEPHEN KELLY
The reason Jimmy wasn't in the side is that I put Stephen at right-back, whether that's his best position or not only time will tell.

He's a good defender with terrific pace, a strong lad, very good in the air - especially with balls to the far post at an angle. Needs to work on his distribution but, again, it's a confidence thing at times.

He's moving up now with Colin and he'll get the experience of working with more senior players and hopefully that will improve his game.

RONNIE HENRY
Ronnie's had a good season, I made him captain when Ben Bowditch got injured. He's got some excellent qualities, is very good on the ball and a good passer.

He's got a good weight of pass, has improved in the air though possibly needs to work on his one versus one defending and be a little bit aware of it at times. Hopefully experience will help him with that one.

He's got good qualities and it will be interesting to see how he develops as a player.

PAUL O'DONOGHUE
Paul's had a good season and played a lot of reserve team football. At times he lapses in terms of concentration for me, more than anything.

He's a very willing lad on the day and is a winner, he wants to win games and is prepared to get his body where it hurts. I think he's had three broken noses to prove it - although I'm not sure if that's good or bad!

Again, I think he's a lad now who needs to make that jump into the reserves and move away from youth football and he is another one where it will be interesting to see how he develops.

He likes to get the ball down and play, but sometimes it's got to be a natural thing. With young Ronnie it's a natural thing, with Paul it's more something he's trying to work on and he mustn't forget his biggest strengths.

He's a good ball winner, both in the air and on the floor. Sometimes even the England players just pass simple and it's just getting a balance to your game and experience will help him on that.

CHRIS HERRON
It was disappointing for me with young Chrissie. It was a bit like Jimmy with one versus one defending, he just found it difficult.

He was a terrific lad to work with, always bright, always smiling. Nice left foot, again there was an improvement and his use of the ball became better and his decision making was better.

But it came down to that priority that all defenders need to be good at, it was just lacking at this stage of his career.

He's gone to QPR and I believe they are offering him a third year scholarship. We wish him all the best because he was such a good lad to work with.

MARCEL MCKIE
I'm pleased with Marcel. Little things, he lacks a little bit of confidence at times, is not the strongest lad physically at the moment, but I think it will come.

He's good on the ball and has good pace. At times his one versus one can be a little bit of a grey area - recently he played against Pennant of Arsenal, which he found quite daunting on the evening.

They are the things he's got to deal with. I'm quietly pleased with Marcel and think he's done alright.

We'll have Marcel in the Under-19s next year.

LEE GARDNER
Lee Gardner is very much in the mould of Chrissie Herron, great lad to work with. He is physically developing and we believe he has been offered a contract at Bristol City, but I'm not sure because of the problems with the TV.

We'll have to wait and see where he ends up, but a terrific lad to work with and never complained. He missed a lot of football, unfortunately, because he was contending with the likes of Henry, O'Donoghue and Kelly.

I really did feel sorry for him in terms of not getting enough football. He's a lad I really do wish well and I'm sure he will be a success somewhere.