SIXTEEN-year-old Ryan Lane had already caught the eye of many observers......including the particularly sharp one of his manager – in this season’s pre-season campaign, prior to playing against Milton Keynes Dons.
After coming on as a substitute and nabbing Argyle’s only goal in a 1-1 draw, he will have further enhanced his burgeoning reputation, and impressed John Sheridan once again.
Lane was amongst a clutch of fledgling Pilgrims who took to the field in the second half against the Dons, all of whom have a chance of featuring in the coming season, according to the boss.
“He’s seen the keeper, 25-30 yards out, and it’s a great finish,” said Shez, of the goal.
“I’ve said to all the lads who came on in the second half – we were a very young side – our squad’s not massive, so if we get one or two injuries, they might be figuring a lot more.
“They’ve got to be confident. And Ryan will get a lot of confidences scoring a goal like that. The younger players on the fringes have got to believe that’s they’ve got a chance. Playing with the first team won’t do them any harm.
“Whether they’re 35 or whatever, I’ll still be telling people what they should be doing. But those players have had a career. The younger players have got to be listening, learning and wanting to be playing higher than this division.
“The advice I give them is for them to play higher, not to play lower. It’s to make them better players and to make us a better team.”