18 July 2024

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Millwall’s Billy Mitchell: Midfielder has key destructive qualities – with talent to take game to next level

The 22-year-old Lions man showed he can be effective in playing a part in attacks

The early stages of a young player’s professional career are divided into several separate stages. The first is the clamor from supporters asking to be included in the team, especially after a run of poor results or near the end of the season when there is “nothing to play for.” In the second, they are praised for demonstrating to more seasoned players “what it means to wear the shirt” after they have made their debut. As they continue to play games, the scrutiny increases. Needs to get going. “Needs to increase his creativity in his play.” “Perhaps could use a break.”

THERE are a few distinct phases at the start of a young player’s professional career. The first is the clamour from fans demanding they are given their chance in the side, particularly after a run of bad results, or, towards the end of the season, when there’s “nothing to play for”. The second is after they have made their debut and are lauded as someone who has shown more experienced players “what it means to wear the shirt”. Then the scrutiny intensifies as they play more games. “Needs to kick on.” “Needs to add more creativity to his game.” “Maybe could do with a rest.”


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