EVATT: Important To Blood Young Players

Ian Evatt hopes debuts for Nelson Khumbeni and Lamine Toure will help inspire more of the Whites’ young players.

The teenage pair both came off the bench late on in Wanderers’ 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Salford City.

Their elevation to the senior ranks follows impressive pre-season campaigns with the B team, which has been introduced to try and bridge the gap between Academy and first-team football.

“I think it’s important we blood some young players. It was a perfect opportunity with the scoreline how it was,” said Whites’ boss Evatt.

“Those two have been impressing with the B team and it will really inspire the B team players to see some of their team members come on and affect the first team game.

“They should be looking at those two as to why they’ve been chosen tonight and to how they’ve performed in the B team – day-in, day-out and not just match days.”

Central defender Toure, 18, signed a first professional contract with Wanderers this summer after coming through Wanderers' youth ranks.

And midfielder Khumbeni, 19, has settled in impressively following his arrival from Norwich City.

“Credit to them – two good young men and two excellent young footballers and hopefully there’s more where that came from,” added Evatt.

“Every day on the training pitch is an opportunity to impress us and it will show there is a clear pathway here.”

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