Mike Phelan has said that his younger players have deserved their chance after Josh Tymon and Jarrod Bowen appeared for the Tigers’ over the last week.
Tymon played the full 90 minutes of the EFL Cup win at Bristol City, while Bowen made his Premier League debut in the unfortunate away defeat at Watford on Saturday. There are also several youngsters in and around the squad as they have been since the start of the season.
Phelan admittedly unsure over when to give youngsters gametime
During the troubled start to the season, Phelan had only 13 match fit professionals so he also used six academy players to fill out his bench. He knows they need time, saying "you never know when to put them in."
Phelan has been impressed with their desire to improve but understands there will be a few teething problems. He also knows he needs to ease the next generation of talent into top flight football but he "wouldn’t put them in that position if he didn’t think they could perform."
Bowen delighted to make PL debut
Bowen has admitted that his first taste of Premier League football has left him hungry for more. His first senior appearance was against Exeter City earlier on this season in the EFL Cup. When he came on in the 89 minute at Vicarage Road on Saturday, he became City’s fourth youngest Premier League debutant.
His top flight debut "was the result of years and years of hard work" according to the 19 year old. Bowen’s afternoon couldn’t be spoilt despite it being "gutting to lose the game in the manner we did" But Bowen said after the game "on a personal level, to make my Premier League debut was all I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid."
Bowen’s determination to make it in the Premier League has never faltered even during his time at troubled non-league club, Hereford. He knows he must build on this start, and that started when he turned out in front of less than 100 people for the development side just 48 hours afterwards.
Only time can tell us how far the young Tigers can go.