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Development Coach Clive Allen gives his assessment on the progress of a number of our young players who are currently out on loan...

Development Coach Clive Allen gives his assessment on the progress of a number of our young players who are currently out on loan...

Dean Marney and Calum Davenport
(Norwich City)
As it stands at the moment, Calum has been playing regularly over the last few weeks and playing the full games. Their results have been a little bit indifferent, but he has been performing consistently well.

Dean wasn't involved at the weekend, he has a slight knee injury and we will get a report back on that. I know he is enjoying his time there, I have spoken to him a number of times and it has been beneficial for him to be playing regularly in the Championship.

Perhaps Norwich haven't gone as well as they would have hoped to at the beginning, but they are starting to build up a head of steam and I do know they are pleased with what Dean has done so far.

Calum is vastly experienced at that level. They wanted to address a situation at the heart of their defence and knew what he is capable of. I think Calum was pleased to get the chance of playing regularly and there was a lot of interest in him.

Philip Ifil (Millwall)
He went straight in and Millwall have been unbeaten when he has played. I know this is not solely down to Phil, but that is not what he will say!

It was a big step for Phil, everybody knows he is capable, but we needed to see him play week in, week out at the right sort of level. He has shown what he can do at Championship level so, in terms of his development, it has been a fantastic opportunity for him.

Colin Lee has been in touch regularly, as has his assistant Dave Tuttle, and they are delighted with the way Phil has performed. We are getting good reports back and their results have picked up so he is doing something right.

I went over to see him play against QPR and on that evening he had a sound game. I thought he looked more than comfortable playing in a London derby.

Mark Yeates (Colchester)
He is starting every game, although he doesn't finish every one. He had his first full game last week and he has been effective in the time he has been on the field for Colchester.

When you are at a club where results have been a little bit indifferent the manager will make changes as he seeks to find consistency - which is what is all about. I have spoken to Yeatesy and he is pleased to be starting each week, he wanted to go away and play league football which is what he wanted to do over a longer period of time. I think it has been good for him. It is the cutting edge, they have got to get results and all our boys have got to learn about that very quickly.


Mounir El-Hamdaoui and Johnnie Jackson (Derby County)
Mounir is enjoying himself and found the back of the net the other week after coming on as sub. He started the game at the weekend and obviously Johnnie is there which will help him.

The move to this club was a big one for him and to go away to a Championship club with a lot of new players is probably a difficulty for both the boys at Derby. They have six loan players and only five can be involved in any one game.

Mounir is in the right place at the right time in terms of being a forward player, which they very much needed with ourselves taking Grzegorz from them. We know Johnnie is capable at that level and he has done it many times. There was a lot of interest in him before he went to Derby.

He was introduced last weekend and he will want more involvement in the coming weeks.

Robert Burch (Bristol City)
Burchy has been at Bristol City, although he hasn't actually started. He has had involvement training with their first team group and has been on the bench every game. At the moment it is good for him to be around a first team, a new manager - Gary Johnson - has gone in and is assessing the whole squad at this time.

Burchy is enjoying it although, like all the boys, we would like to see them play and I think his opportunity will come.

Reto Ziegler (Hamburg)
Reto has been sub for Hamburg a number of times and has been coming into games. They have been doing particularly well and have a strong squad for the Bundesliga.

I know Reto is enjoying himself, but is having to bide his time in terms of playing regularly. He has got his international football, Switzerland have done very well at under-21 level and Reto is making good progress.