Lambert: Downes has a big future ahead of him
Town boss Paul Lambert has heaped praise on his young midfielder Flynn Downes.
Downes produced a man of the match performance at Burton Albion on Saturday and Lambert has been impressed by improvement he’s made.
“I think Flynn Downes is getting better and better with every passing day,” Lambert said.
“I think he’s got a big future. He’s a long way from being the finished article but he’s going in the right direction.
“This season could be massive for him. He’s a hardy kid as everyone knows and he has that little bit of devilment the top players need. You can’t curtail it at times but you have to in the right way.
“He’s got one hell of a future, that’s for sure.”
There was one flash incident when the Burton players clearly tried to provoke Downes after the midfielder committed a foul. After the flash point at Cambridge Lambert thinks this is something Downes will need to get used to.
“I had a chat with him in Ipswich and told him that the better player you are, the more things like that are going to happen to you,” Lambert said.
“So you just have to walk away from it, which is hard with all the emotion in the game.
“I’m delighted with him.
“If he does get kicked he has to walk away from it, which is hard in big atmospheres, but he’s excellent.”
When asked about the youngsters future Lambert replied: “He’s going to be a really good player, I really do (think), and he’s maturing every month.”