Parkinson's Praise for Bolton's Youth Players

  • August 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has nothing but praise for Bolton's youth players and believes they will play a key part in the rebuilding job at the club.

Following a mass exodus of senior options over the summer, Parkinson was forced into fielding bodies from Wanderers' development, under-18 and scholarship sides prior to his resignation on Wednesday.

Of the 14 players to have been handed debuts in the early stages of the campaign, 12 have progressed through the Trotters' academy system and a staggering 10 were born in the year 2000 or later.

Although there is an obvious need for more seasoned professionals amongst the squad, Parkinson admits the experience of first-team football will be of benefit to all concerned and is testament to the work undertaken by interim manager Jimmy Phillips, in his full-time role of Academy Director.

"We gave 11 or 12 players from our academy their debuts this season," Parkinson told BBC Sport.

"There are some very good young players going forward and despite all the problems, the strength of the academy has remained very good.

"Jimmy Phillips and his staff have done great with the academy and those young players can grow with the club.

"The club has got some assets in the building - hopefully they can develop as the club grows its way back."

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