I suppose I may need to rethink a few things.
A few days ago I wrote a ranking article where I outlined the young players that had a chance to make a name for themselves into the first-team for next season. I left one player off the list because I wasn’t 100% sure what his contract situation was, well now that has all changed.
The club announced on Wednesday that they had extended the loan spell for 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Miguel Fernandez, keeping him at the club for the duration of the 2020/21 season. Now those of you who are regulars to this site will know what a big fan I am, and when you take a look at his goal scoring record, seven goals in sixteen games for a midfielder, even if it is at an academy level is pretty good.
The question now becomes though, just when are we going to see him make that big breakthrough into the first team?
We were in a sense running out of time when the season ground to a halt, and I had suggested that we could see some young players being brought into the fold to deal with the rush of fixtures that could potentially be coming our way when the season gets back underway. Now, we’ve been given a little more breathing room when it comes to his path into the first-team, and ideally I’d like to see it happen sooner rather than later.
How many appearances will Fernandez make in the first-team next season?
Ten or less
More than ten
I’m not quite sure what pre-season is going to look like ahead of 2020/21, with the season start date not exactly tied down, I’m not sure if we’re going to get much of a pre-season to play with, and his opportunities to impress will get cut significantly.
If that’s the case, then early round cup games and substitute appearances in the league are a must for him, because we can’t simply wait another year with him floating around the academy stages, he has to be given the opportunity, even if it’s a limited one to show what he can do at senior level.
What about you? What do you make of the whole Fernandez situation? Would you rush him into the first-team, or should he be made to wait a little longer?