I’ll be honest, I still haven’t completely calmed down over the news.
The Blues announced on Monday evening that 18-year-old Miguel Fernandez has been handed the squad number 28 for the remainder of the season, dropping a major hint that he could be set to play a role in the final nine games of the campaign, something that I did hint at being a possibility back in April.
Should the club's young players get some game time at the end of this season?
Given the academy season was completely cancelled, Fernandez’s loan extended until the end of the current campaign and the fact he has been given a squad number you can easily put two, two and two together to see that he is probably going to get a shot to showcase himself before the end of the season, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
With the news that boss Pep Clotet is set to stand down at the end of the season these next few weeks are going to be used as a bit of a proving ground for players to show the new manager, whoever they may be, that they are going to be worth something to the team going forward into next season.
And those who are out of contract at the club, like Fernandez and Lee Camp to an extent are going to have more to prove.
So now that Fernandez has been given the chance, it’s up to him to take it.
With the increased substitutions rule that is being brought in, chances are that he is going to be given some minutes, but it’s going to be up to him to prove that he isn’t a fish out of water when it comes to playing in the Championship. That way hopefully we won’t have to say goodbye to him at the end of the season.
What about you? Are you confident that Fernandez will be a good addition to the squad for the rest of the season?