Youth Victory and First-Team Debut for Osayi-SamuelRichie Kyle had a case of double delight on Saturday after firstly masterminding his Blackpool Youth side’s impressive away win at high-flying Tranmere Rovers, before seeing Bright Osayi-Samuel make his debut for the first-team.
Osayi-Samuel became the fourth player from the youth team this season to step and play for Lee Clark’s side, leaving Kyle extremely proud.
“To have Bright come on for the senior side is another great day for our academy, trust me he is some talent,” he said.
“We’ve already seen Mark Waddington, Dom Telford and Henry Cameron become Championship players this season and now Bright’s been given his chance. He’s a raw talent but he has incredible speed and an eye for goal. He’s younger than the other three so it will have been a great experience for him.
“I always say that’s the job, to produce players to play week-in, week-out for the football club and to have four make their debuts this season is some achievement.”
Earlier that day Kyle saw his own side produce an outstanding display away at Tranmere, with a trailist and Joe Moulden scoring the goals in a 2-0 win. The Liverpudlian admitted his delight at seeing such a young side outplay an experienced Rovers outfit on their own patch.
“The performance was fantastic, every single player performed remarkably well against an excellent Tranmere team,” he said.
“Make no mistake about it, that’s one of the best teams in the league and we thoroughly deserved our win. I’d have been impressed with a 2-0 result here with all four of the lads who made the step up, so for a group of mostly first years, scholars and trialists to perform like that is very pleasing.”
Among the youngsters in the Blackpool line-up was 16-year-old Liam Robinson, who was making his debut after being signed from Liverpool, and the Head of Coaching was keen to praise the winger’s contribution.
“We were delighted with Liam, and the other new lads as well, it bodes very well for the future,” he said.
“Coming into our squad for next year are quick, powerful players with real quality on the ball. What’s nice to see is that our first years are now taking more responsibility and growing each game. Every player who put on the shirt for me was outstanding. We were good with the ball, even better off it and we were clinical.
“I said before the game that we are planning for next season, starting with this match. We’ve been given the chance to introduce some players sooner than we’d usually do and that can only help us.
“There’s been a different feel around the place recently, I always knew the penny would drop, sometimes a team just need a bit of luck, it took a while for that to come but the lads have been flying in training and this is their reward for an excellent week.
“It was a big ask with it being such a good Tranmere side but we thoroughly deserved it. We now face Oldham on Wednesday, let’s make it three in three,” he added.