AS Sheffield United consider promoting more members of their FA Youth Cup Final squad through the ranks, Bristol City manager Keith Millen is also facing calls to give youngsters at chance at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
With his team’s Championship status next season already assured, the 44-year-old acknowledged Joe Edwards and James Wilson could be handed starts when City visit South Yorkshire this weekend.
Edwards, a promising full-back, appeared as a substitute against Preston North End in February. Fellow defender Wilson impressed during a loan spell at Brentford but has seen injury hamper his progress of late.
“If I feel they are ready then of course I will consider them,” said Millen. “Joe has been on the bench quite a lot recently. He’s ready if needed.
“James has been out for a long time through injury but is back training now and has looked match-fit in the reserves.
“I’d like to get those two a little bit more involved between now and the end of the season. If the players who have got the shirts at present are not performing then I’ll have no concerns about putting the young lads in there.
“I want to pick the strongest eleven for every game but, if I feel its right to rest someone, then that gives me the chance to bring one or two in doesn’t it.”
United recently established a development squad to help prepare players for the demands of senior football and Millen revealed a similar proposal is being discussed at Ashton Gate.
“Quite often, when players leave the academy, they find the step up to Championship football a very big one.
“First-team football is a lot harder physically and played at an entirely different tempo. It can be a shock to the system when someone signs their first professional forms.”
Meanwhile, Chris Steer, chairman of United’s football club board, last night confirmed nearly 10,000 season tickets have been sold following the ‘True Blades are at the Lane’ initiative.
“We have had great support throughout this disappointing season and we will receive great support again next season, said Steer.
“To sell just under 10,000 season tickets for next season before deadline day is nothing short of amazing and makes me very proud.”
Season tickets and all unclaimed seats are now on general sale.