Parkinson: Samizadeh 'Has Got a Lot of Work To Do'

  • October 06, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson will ignore calls for Alex Samizadeh to feature at first-team level, insisting there is still a long way to go before the player is ready for action.

Samizadeh made an eight-minute cameo appearance as a substitute against Blackpool on Tuesday, after weeks of encouragement from supporters to include the 17-year-old - backed by him scoring four in a recent under-23 fixture against Queens Park Rangers.

The Iran-born forward hit the target again on Wednesday, as Wanderers' second-string suffered a 4-3 defeat to Leeds United at Leyland, but Parkinson is keen to ease any pressure on Samizadeh by admitting he will be better served in the long-term with further coaching from David Lee.

"For me, Alex has got a lot of work to do still to be a real contender for the first-team," Parkinson said.

"He had that great game for the under-23s, which we're delighted with, but we've got to keep working with him on the training pitch.

"David Lee is going to keep working with him at the under-23s to polish all parts of his game.

"But he's bright and a bundle of energy, and he's good to have around."

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