Where do Town rank in playing the kids… you’ll be surprised

We take a look at if Town really have been playing as much of a youthful squad as manager Paul Lambert has been making out. Prospect Watch (@prospectwatch1) are the brain’s behind the number crunching for all the teams across the English game, with some interesting findings. 

Often highlighting the inexperience and youthfulness in his ranks, the minutes clocked up by Town players under the age of 23 is 6,867 (as from Monday 3rd Feb 2020).

To put that in context, only Bristol Rovers, Wycombe, Blackpool, Sunderland and Tranmere have fielded more ‘experienced’ players than Town. For the amount of times I have heard Lambert talk about the youngsters, that is some stat!

When we look a bit deeper into the ‘youngsters’ who have played for Town, it is them who have arguably been our better players this season. The majority of the 6,867 minutes have been clocked up by Flynn Downes and Luke Woolfenden, players who are nailed on to start when available.

There have been cameos of Myles Kenlock and Andre Dozzell, Kenlock started the season as our first choice left-back while Dozzell has been in and out of the squad all season. Not forgetting Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou who came and went without making an impact.

Lambert has spoke highly of young duo Armando Dobra and Idris El Mizouni, but they have had less than 90 minutes of league action combined this season.

It just makes us wonder if the constant mentioning of ‘the kids’ by Paul Lambert is actually a bit of a smokescreen? The famous saying of ‘You can’t win anything with kids’ couldn’t be further from the truth with us, take our ‘kids’ away and we would be nowhere near promotion come May.