'The future of the football club's in really good shape' - Lambert on young Blues
PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 December 2018
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Paul Lambert believes Ipswich Town’s group of talented young players means the future of the club is in good hands.
Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Jack Lankester have all featured under Lambert’s management while the likes of Tristan Nydam and Luke Woolfenden are currently out on loan.
In an ideal world, Lambert would like more experienced head in his squad but the Ipswich manager believes the likes of Downes, Lankester and Dozzell will benefit greatly from their involvement.
“This club has a right good bunch of players, the young ones,” he said.
“The likes of Andre (Dozzell), Flynn (Downes) and Jack (Lankester) need a bit of time and then there are ones under them as well. Trevoh Chalobah is only 19 but he’s obviously not our player.
“The future of the football club’s in really good shape and those three have been really good. We had two 19 and one 18-year-old on the pitch against a team who have just been relegated (Stoke) and it’s not normal.
“Ideally you would blood them when things are going better and with more experience around them but performance-wise they’ve been very good.
“The more games they play the better they will become and that will be beneficial for this football club because they are on the first rung of the ladder.
“If they keep their feet on the ground and do the right things they will do well.”
Lambert feels the key, both with younger players and experienced heads, is to ensure they are enjoying their football.
“You come in and you sense the club and you sense the feeling of it,” the Blues boss said.
“When I first came in there was an apathy and everything was too downbeat, so you have to get people enjoying football.
“There’s no point in that. I don’t see the reason in wanting to be a footballer if you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing.
“You have to have fun, play with freedom and see where it takes you. We’ve done that but have been unfortunate in games where we have been the better side.
“If we keep doing what we’re doing then it will turn and we’ll be better for it.”