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Lincoln City sign Aristide Bassele on youth loan from AFC Bournemouth

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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Aristide Bassele has joined Lincoln City on a youth loan from AFC Bournemouth.
As revealed by the Lincolnshire Echo yesterday, the 18-year-old midfielder was being tracked by the Imps.
The teenager, who joined the Cherries from Hayes & Yeading last summer, has signed on a deal until January 2, 2013.
The Londoner caught Bournemouth's eye with a string of impressive performances for the non-league outfit.
When playing for the club's Ryman Youth League side he scored 11 times in his first eight appearances.
He will take up the number 19 shirt that was vacated by Graham Hutchison following his return to Birmingham City.

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 22 2012, 7:58AM

    Hi Nigel. some good points, particularly agree that people expect players from a higher league will be better than we already have. But I would say you can understand why managers are reluctant to take the risk with fielding untried and inexperienced players considering how precarious there hold on their jobs can be - I think a longer term view by club owners and supporters is required to give the manager the leeway of bad results and performances without getting on their backs.

  • nigelsparky  |  November 21 2012, 9:06PM

    To answer some of your very valid points, namely from magic johnson , eatmygoal and franky. Firstly on the question of youth players "making it". At the higher level where they were called academies, the clubs tended to categorise lads into "salmon" "trout" and "shrimps". "Salmon" being the lads that were expected to make the first team and beyond "trout" being possible first team but more likely to be championship standard at best, and "shrimp" leagues 1, 2 , and conference. At centre of excellences, like Lincoln, they would have a youth squad of 16 and out of those 16, it would be expected that possibly 3 or 4 would make it to the first team. The rest are realistically only there to make up a team in order to give the 3 or 4 a game each week. Now, English football's very narrow mindset dictates that unless a lad show's signs of being a world beater at a very young age, he will not get played, as the old saying goes in the English game "you'll not win anything by playing kids". hmmmm now that did smack someone in the face didn't it lol So with Lincoln in recent years being perennial strugglers, no manager will risk playing a "kid", (although there has been the odd exception, but even then they are not given a long run in the side) thus the kids end up being frustrated at the lack of opportunities, which is compounded by the fact that clubs like Lincoln, dispense with the reserve team, which means the kids get loaned out to teams that are little better than your average pub team, which means they basically stop learning, leading in some cases, to their career becoming stifled, or fizzling out altogether. However if a kid comes from a higher stature club, then the consensus of opinion says he must be better than what we have, which for me doesn't necessarily follow. In Bassele's case I would agree that we have not seen anything like enough to pass judgement,however in Morgan's case, I haven't seen anything to indicate to me that he is so much better than the like's of Cobb. With regards to the current youth squad, there are one or two lads showing good promise, but when they see previous youth players being loaned out to second rate teams, they will be asking themselves , is it worth the sacrifices that have to be made, just to go and play mickey mouse football, and that is why so many end up on the scrap heap. So until English football managers change their mindset regarding youth players, this will continue to happen. It's the same mindset that is shown every week when it is clear a team needs to change, the manager won't do anything until the 60th minute, why? because that is what they have always done. So come on all you English managers grow a pair of the preverbal gonads, and give the kids a chance, you never know it just may pay off in more ways than one.

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  • spooky22  |  November 20 2012, 11:55AM

    franky68 ref youth team comment, I to was at game and have been following them all season at home , yes it was a bad game ( no exception ) , but one point in there defence.... Grant Brown, Chris Moyes do not have anything to do with there day to day training .......... youth team on a 8 game run of loses or draws ............. First team on 8 game run of wins or draws....... just a point,

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  • franky68  |  November 20 2012, 10:11AM

    I know its early days yet, but young Bassele could be something good, he seemed quiet quick for the time he had on the ball, so it may be an option to use as competition for places with Sheridan & Smith, to perhaps make him use the ball sooner in knocking it int the box,because he is a very fit lad and gets into some really good positions. Although Sheridan is playing out of his shirt at present.Well we now have Garner, Boyd, Bassele & Nicolau, all waitlng for their chance. Well done DH for building such a strong squad, and for hte Chairman and board for going with him, full credit here its due. come on boys

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 20 2012, 10:04AM

    That's the thing that frustrates me. Nigel I know you have interests in the youth team that you have declared before and that is fair enough, but as a fan it is frustrating to hear the gnashing of teeth about lack of chances. I think of Shane Clarke (Gainsborough), Leon Mettam (Worksop), Charlie Trout (America Uni?), Jonny Bell, Kern Miller (who Sutton got slated for letting go and has fallen back) etc. Just lots of players who got the chance and have fallen away. I have everything crossed we bring in someone from the youth team but the best ones tend to get hoovered up before then with Hobbs getting three minutes and Loach not even getting that. Frecklington was a pleasing exception to all this.

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  • franky68  |  November 20 2012, 9:57AM

    I must say having watched the youth team on Wednesday, they were very poor, with only one exception Rob Taylor.Connor Robinson did score a goal but apart from that was no longer in the game. Also young Thomas was not the player I had seen in other games, throughout the second half he spent mre time in deep positons, but the boys just did not perform on the night, but did'nt show anything for the scouts there. Maybe just a blip, hope so. Definitely not 1st team material on that form. come on you young ones

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 20 2012, 7:54AM

    nigelsparky, but is the difficulty of players making the step up from youth to senior level any worse at Lincoln than anywhere else? [genuine question] I can think of a few players who looked like they might have potential and then not really kick on. We've moaned on here that they weren't getting the opportunity to play but then they do very little after moving on to Boston, Gainsborough, Lincoln Utd etc. In recent years there have been a number of players who have moved on to bigger clubs straight from the Youth team, so our youth set up is doing something right. Does anyone have figures for the number of players who have made the transition successfully here compared to other clubs in England?

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 19 2012, 10:35PM

    "Nigel : Our youth out on loan, Morgan & Bassele are all playing with and against better players than in their reserve or youth teams. Do you think so? Maybe where Morgan is concerned possibly, but Bassele? Bassele has played the majority of his football so far at a lower level than the likes of our youth players I mentioned earlier. He has been fortunate to be given a chance in Hayes and Yeadings first team at the back end of last season leading to a move to Bournemouth. With the exception of Robinson, the others have yet to have the same level of opportunity at Lincoln. Have you seen the players I mentioned earlier play? and I don't mean the few minutes they have had for the first team. Our youth players are being looked at long term Not sure about that statement either, How many recent products of our youth system are playing in the first team regularly? I have seen way too many products of our youth system get frustrated at the lack of opportunities and move on or in some cases give up playing all together.

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  • Spilsby  |  November 19 2012, 2:14PM

    Nigel : Our youth out on loan, Morgan & Bassele are all playing with and against better players than in their reserve or youth teams. And how on earth do you suposse this lad is the same standard as our youth players? Our youth players are being looked at long term These loan players are coming in to do a job here & now for us

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  • Sweepclean  |  November 18 2012, 10:31PM

    Adam Smith needs to realise he has to get down the wing and centre the ball with either feet without beating the opposition 3 or 4 times. He needs to practice kicking with his left foot either before - during - or after training, until he does he will keep ruining our attacks down the left wing by having to get it on his right foot. Oliver & Sheridan must be the most improved players in the team at present, from how they started the season. Mills needs to work on his speed between attack and defence as he is slow recovering after losing the ball. But as a team they are coming along quite nicely improving game by game and playing very good football and showing a lot of fight and character. Well done everyone concerned

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