Versatility can be a blessing or a curse – Cole Skuse on Ipswich Town teenager Tristan Nydam
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Ipswich Town teenager Tristan Nydam will want to settle on a position sooner rather than later, admits team-mate Cole Skuse.
Academy graduate Nydam, who turns 18 on Friday, has made five starts and four substitute appearances for the Blues at the start of this breakthrough campaign.
The Zimbabwe-born youngster is left-footed, technically good, positive with his play and scraps well above his diminutive stature. Such all-round attributes mean he has started games in the No.10 slot (Luton and Barnsley), left-back (Crystal Palace), left-midfield (Leeds) and a deeper midfield role (Bristol City).
“Being able to play a lot of positions can be a great trait or it can be a downside,” said Skuse.
“I had it in the early part of my career where I’d be centre-midfield one week, right-back the next week, right-sided midfield the next.
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“It can help you develop different aspects of your game, but as a player you want to pin down one position and make that your own.
“Tristan is very young, he’s still learning the game and he’ll go on to have a great career I’m sure.”
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Nydam is now away with England’s Under-19s for matches in the Czech Republic (Friday) and Slovakia (Monday). It’s a squad midfielder Flynn Downes would also have been in had he not picked up a thigh injury.
- McCarthy not reading too much into table Pat Webber and Luke Woolfenden recently penned fresh two-year deals, with fellow teenage defender George Fowler currently on loan at National League Premier side Aldershot. Zak Brown (striker) and Dylan Crowe (midfielder) are England U16 and U17s internationals respectively, while the U15s recently beat Celtic to win the Hibernia Trophy in Dublin.“Flynn and Tristan are great players,” enthused Skuse. “Dozz (Andre Dozzell) picked up that long-term injury, but everyone knows the ability he’s got. There’s Woolfy (defender Luke Woolfenden) who has been on the bench regularly too. - Like our Facebook page for more Blues news
“And I know from speaking to (academy coaches) Bryan Klug and Steve McGavin there’s more talent further down. They are giving me good reports on Under-14s and Under-15s who are playing for England and who others clubs are chasing the signature of.
“Throughout the whole academy there is an abundance of talent. It’s credit to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”