Birmingham boss Monk: I want to use young players

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk has admitted that he wants to develop his squad by using younger players.

Due to the transfer embargo that was lifted in August, the club struggled to make significant signings, but Monk is more than happy to be utilising the younger players in his squad.

”That’s the type of squad we have this season because of the type of circumstances we are in. We have to use the young players, I want to use young players.’’ He told his press conference on Thursday.

”Are they fully ready? Probably not but it’s a case of needs must this season.

”When they get an opportunity you want them to try and show what they can do.

Birmingham beat Reading 2-1 at St Andrews on Tuesday, a win that lifted them to  11th in the Championship table. However, Monk believes that they will have learned a lot from the experience.

”I think Tuesday was a lesson for a few of those younger players, those last ten minutes especially we became a bit ragged and ill-disciplined in certain situations.

”But I spoke to them afterwards – not just them but the whole team – there is lessons like that to be learned by young players as you would expect.

Despite the circumstances, Monk has full confidence in his crop of youth players, and believes they have got the ability to make the step up to the first team.

”But they are really enthusiastic, they have got a huge amount of ability, we believe in them to show what they can do for the team.”

Now he will be hoping they can prove their worth against Sheffield Wednesday at home on Saturday.

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