Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has dismissed suggestions Reuben Noble-Lazarus could be sent out on loan to get more first-team football.
The 19-year-old, a graduate of club’s youth system, made 15 appearances for the Reds last season as they preserved their Championship status.
But Noble-Lazarus, who signed a two-year contract extension in February, has yet to feature this season, with Flitcroft choosing not to include him in either of his match-day squads.
Nonetheless, the Barnsley chief insists the youngster is part of his plans at Oakwell.
Flitcroft said: “Reuben is one of us. He changed a lot last season in the six months I had in charge. I saw a kid come of age. I saw a player who could end up being one of the best wing backs in this league. I like him as a left winger too.
“Reuben can play in a couple of positions that are pretty focal to what we are doing. His outlook on football has changed a lot. The lads respect him for the work ethic he’s got.”
Flitcroft has indicated he would allow young midfielder Sam Patterson to depart on a temporary basis to further his education. It was just over a week ago he let Jordan Clark join Scunthorpe United on a month’s loan.
“Jordan’s at that level now where we want to see if he can do it in real men’s football,” he said. “We want to see if he can be part of the bigger picture. He has gone there with a plan.
“Brian [Laws, Scunthorpe boss] is under no pressure to play him. I’ve always said that. If he impresses and does well, he will play. If not, we will get him back.
“Jordan is someone we really want to develop.”