Date: 13th August 2019 at 8:00am
Written by: Mark Day

Since the Blues had their League Cup game last week, the only game for us to talk about between now and Saturday will be the Under-23s.

Now I know not a lot of people pay much attention to U23 games, the fact that they let season ticket holders in for free tells you that they don’t expect people to be willing to pay to go and see the kids play. However, there are occasionally a few stories that come out of it that make you sit back, take notice and ponder about a few things.

Like yesterday for instance, the U23’s played out a 1-1 draw against a Crystal Palace side that contained a few well known ‘senior’ players. However, I couldn’t help notice who was on the bench for the young Blues, that was Moha Ramos. Yes I pay attention to substitutes for academy sides, I am that nerdy.

Whilst it is only their first game, and there will be plenty of opportunities for him to play further down the line, I do think that it is slightly concerning that they don’t want to play him at every single available opportunity. As Homer Simpson so eloquently put it when talking about borrowed things; ‘It’s like a rent-a-car, son. You get all the mileage you can, then ball it up and cram it through the mail slot.” Which is exactly how they should be utilising Ramos. That’s why I argued last week that he should have played at Fratton Park in the League Cup.

Even in the U23 team, you’ll still learn more from him playing than you would if he was on the bench. Goalkeepers like Heurelho Gomes and David De Gea had struggles when they first came to England, so the quicker you can get him adapted to it the better. Plus, if he makes a mistake here, it’s not going to be blown up for the world to see or cost you three points that could mean the difference between staying up or going down at the end of the year.

If this was a multi-year deal, then I would be OK with bedding him in slowly, but we’ve only got him for a limited time, so we need to see as much of him as we can. His loan deal state that the club have the option to buy him next summer, but if he doesn’t get enough opportunities to impress, then this whole thing would have been a waste of time.

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