Roberts earned Oxford United call-up - Wilder

James Roberts warms up before Oxford United's clash with Barnet

James Roberts warms up before Oxford United's clash with Barnet

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CHRIS Wilder felt James Roberts will benefit from getting a taste of the first team after naming the 16-year-old in the squad on Saturday.

The striker, who has scored 14 goals in six games for the youth team, was promoted to the bench for the first time against Barnet following an injury to Tom Craddock.

If he had come on, Roberts would have broken Jason Seacole’s record as United’s youngest first-team player.

Wilder said: “We wanted to get him involved because he’s been going well. “He’s done great, he’s still a young player and has a hell of a lot to learn, but he’s on the right track. “It’s been good for him – he’s had a little taste of it to see what’s expected of the players and the standards that have been set.”

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5:38pm Mon 5 Nov 12

oldun says...

High time - many other clubs get players as young as him coming through - good enough means old enough . Brock, Seacole, Tait, Thomas, Taylor Whitehead (not used enough) , Ford etc - all good enough
High time - many other clubs get players as young as him coming through - good enough means old enough . Brock, Seacole, Tait, Thomas, Taylor Whitehead (not used enough) , Ford etc - all good enough oldun
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8:03pm Mon 5 Nov 12

WindsorYellow says...

Wilder. He seem's a very good prospect for our club!!!! Don't **** it up
Wilder. He seem's a very good prospect for our club!!!! Don't **** it up WindsorYellow
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9:48pm Mon 5 Nov 12

oldun says...

WindsorYellow wrote:
Wilder. He seem's a very good prospect for our club!!!! Don't **** it up
Agreed. Too many of our managers have not encouraged youth . Remember too well Deano being either wasted as a sub or out wide when he was clearly strong enough and best in central midfield
[quote][p][bold]WindsorYellow[/bold] wrote: Wilder. He seem's a very good prospect for our club!!!! Don't **** it up[/p][/quote]Agreed. Too many of our managers have not encouraged youth . Remember too well Deano being either wasted as a sub or out wide when he was clearly strong enough and best in central midfield oldun
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