Gary Simpson has ruled out throwing any of Lincoln City’s talented youth team strikers into Skrill Premier action despite his senior side’s lack of goals.
The Imps boss, though, has admitted there are one or two young players who are in the thoughts of himself and assistant boss Grant Brown, but says he would not want to put them under too much pressure too soon.
The Youth team served up a 5-0 thrashing against Wigan in the Youth Alliance Cup with two goals each for Alex Simmons and Matt Cotton. But, while Simpson claims he has no problem in blooding young players if they are ready, he will not be doing that in the near future.
“It’s difficult with the youth team,” said Simpson. “I have had a meeting with Roger Bates who looks after them because they have got one or two players now and we are asking how we should bridge the gap for the youngsters who are not quite ready.
“We are trying to bridge that gap with one or two of them now. Simmo (Alex Simmons) has gone to Lincoln United and has done really well off the bench and then they have started him. We have one or two, I’m not saying they are ready now but they are certainly in our thoughts.
“I am a big believer in young players. I played a 15-year-old player against Bolton in the FA Cup and I played a 16-year-old, Elliot Hewit, who ended up going to Ipswich.
“If they are good enough it makes no difference to me how old they are and it is something we have looked at. When we have 11 v 11 in training we do pull some of them in to have a look at them. It gives us a gauge to where they are.
“I think it would be wrong to gamble on any of them at the moment. You can easily destroy a young kid and I am conscious of that, but if we were on a good run and the team were in a better place, if there were one or two ready we might consider giving them half an hour. I’m all for that.”