The Scot has been praised for his faith in youth, with the latest batch of hot prospects impressing in pre-season, but he is wary of getting "carried away" about their readinessAston Villa manager Paul Lambert warns that the club’s youngsters are still developing and need to be given time following praise during pre-season.
The Scot has given senior debuts to defenders Joshua Webb and Janoi Donacien alongside fellow members of last season's NextGen Series-winning team Callum Robinson and Jack Grealish – the latter scoring in their 5-0 win over Walsall on Wednesday.
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"I don't think anybody can get too carried away about the young ones and all of a sudden think they're going to be big players for us," Lambert told The Birmingham Mail. "They're developing and you have to try to develop them.
"They've done fine. That's part of learning. It's a job now for them, not a hobby. When you're asked to play, you've got to do your best.
"They're still a good bit away from it. They're only young kids that are developing and they'll need time.
"I don't think anybody should be deluded that that's going to happen every time. We've got a few injuries and the kids there have done really fine for us but they need time to develop and get ready for it."