U18/U21 Development Thread

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    Crikey a 25k fine they will have to up production in the oil fields to pay that, not a lot has really changed over time just the numbers have got bigger used to be free boots now a free education
     
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    Interestingly, the scout that has been looking at this player - who is from the agency that wants to sign up said player as a client - watched the U16s game yesterday rather than the U18s, which could mean that it isn't Ngandu. (unless he didn't expect JN to play for the U18s)
     
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    U23s against Ipswich (1pm):

    Addai (GK), Whitmore, Finch, Harries, Camwell, Lawton, Bayliss, G.Thomas, Kelly-Evans (C), Sayoud, McBean.

    Can't make the game today so hopefully our Twitter page will be able to provide updates
     
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    Won 3-1. Lawton (pen), Thomas (pen) and Finch.
     
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    Beat me to it Cammy's dad has just put it on my Facebook
     
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    The U18s end the year in a play-off spot, 5 points clear of third placed Crystal Palace with a game in hand:

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    Scorers:
    Jordan Ponticelli - 12
    Kyle Finn - 5
    Chris Camwell - 5
    Jonathan Ngandu (U16) - 3
    Ronee Hendricks - 2
    Billy Stedman - 2
    Dan Smith - 2
    Tom Bayliss - 1
    Jak Hickman - 1
    Jordan Thompson - 1
    Ross McMahon - 1
     
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    Give me this kid over Andre Wright any day of the week!
     
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    The league campaign might be over until the new year for the U18s but they have a friendly tomorrow against Vertex Soccer. 12pm kick off at the Alan Higgs Centre. According to their website, they assist youth team scholars and first year pro's from the UK to the USA by 'invitation only'. Previous U18s who got released Jake Richards and Kyle Barnett (part of the Maddison/Stevenson group) are part of their scheme.

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    Won 2-0. Sion Green and Billy Stedman with the goals
     
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    How long until Pontichelli is ready do we reckon? That's a hell of a goals haul, over a third of the sides total goals and one roughly every two hours on the pitch.
     
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    All look like decent finishes as well.
     
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    Keep your voices down or they'll sell him in January

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    Too soon for him at the moment, he needs more time to develop and work his way into the U23s team (I think he's started 3 games for them though and scored 2 goals, so quite impressive when he's been given the chance to step up). He has his professional contract already so he'll be part of the first team set up next season.

    I think it might have been George Thomas who said it wasn't until he got first team minutes that he realised how much of a step-up, especially physically, men's football was from youth football. Some players can adjust to it quickly and adapt their games to get the best out of their ability (Maddison/Stevenson/Wilson) but some players may look good in the age group games and struggle to have the same/similar impact in senior games.

    There are some fantastic prospects in the U18s/U23s at the moment alongside Ponticelli; Bayliss, Finn and Stedman who also need more time. I think Bayliss is the closest to the first team though at present, seems to be part of the U23s now and recently got his pro contract.
     
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    Last game of 2016 for the U23s on Monday night away at Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium (7pm). I believe a certain Mr Bellamy will be in the dugout after recently being appointed their Development manager
     
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    Cheers, wasn't doing down the others, just that we really need goals at the moment. Good to hear he's starting to step up to U23. I like to think that goalscoring is one of those talents that stays with you, even if like Wilson it might take a bit of adjustment, but maybe I'm just desperate for hope at the moment.
     
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    I wish we could have games like that in the evening :(
     
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    That's the thing, if you can finish a one on one it is an instinct.
     
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    Seems to be a lot of agents and agencies taking in our academy games lately which is testament to the coaching staff and the players ability. Stephen Hunt the latest:

     
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    Safe to say Stephen Hunt wasn't a talent here!
     
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    This is how the U23 table looks going into tonights game against Cardiff, with only goal difference seperating the two sides:

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    Ben Stevenson is part of the squad which has travelled down as he looks to get match sharpness after his long suspension
     
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    U23s against Cardiff (7pm):

    Addai, Whitmore, Finch, Harries, Dev. Kelly-Evans (C), Stevenson, Maycock, Sayoud, Jones, McBean, G.Thomas.

    Bench: Skuza, Thompson, Ponticelli, Bayliss, Shipley

    Kyle Spence has been injured recently, back in training next week.
     
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    Let's hope Stevenson comes through unscathed.
     
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    Is Stevenson back in now for boxing day?
     
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    No Lawton or Haynes tonight. Interesting...
     
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    Lost 3-1. Thomas with our goal
     
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    Yeah, his suspension is over now. Got through 90 minutes tonight.

    Isn't Haynes injured Venus said? I don't know about Lawton though
     
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    Good news then re Stevenson. Mind you he may only have a few games left for him in Sky blue


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    Well let's hope Man City buy him then.
     
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    Billy Stedman goal against Vertex Soccer:



    Some real talent in that #10 role in Finn and Stedman. Add the younger Ngandu who's been playing and scoring regularly for the U18s and it looks very exciting
     
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    Darragh Leahy will return to the club after Nuneaton's game today. Had a productive loan spell with them. The Nuneaton manager said 'he wants to go back and show the new Coventry manager what he can do'.
     
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    Really good two part interview here with breakthrough star Ben Stevenson about his journey so far by Steve Carpenter from the Coventry Observer. Well worth the read:

     
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    Second part:

    Interesting point about Pressley there. Whilst I don't think he did a great job with the first team, I think you have to give him credit for progressing our young players and for pushing them to the next level (Wilson, Christie, Maddison and even to a lesser extent Willis). I don't think he's ever going to cut it as a league manager but by all accounts he's an excellent coach.
     
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    Under 23's drew 1-1 with Birmingham behind closed doors today. The scorer - Jordan Ponticelli. Does he ever stop scoring goals
     
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    According to my calculations he's now scored 18 goals in 26 games since joining so the answer is yes, but not very often. 15 in 18 at U18 level.

    Birmingham played quite a strong side too - Paul Caddis, Diego Fabbrini and Adam Legzdins in their 11.
     

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