Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has told RamsTV how academy forward Tyree Wilson is training with the first-team and pushing to get an opportunity to make his debut.
The rapid attacker was on the bench during the latest 0-0 draw at Barnsley.
Wilson has predominantly played in the U23s this season, but he has moved up in the pecking order following Jack Stretton’s recent loan move to Stockport County.
Rooney certainly isn’t afraid to give Derby youngsters a chance to shine.
And speaking to RamsTV ahead of the clash with Millwall, the Rams boss says Wilson will remain with the senior squad over the next few weeks and push for a first-team debut.
“Tyree Wilson’s done well for the past few games in the U23s. I think it’s important for those young lads in the U23s to know we are always watching them. We’re always getting information on them, and it’s important to reward some of those players with an opportunity to be around the first-team. He will be with us now for the next few weeks. It’s an opportunity for him to show what he can do with us, train well and push to get a chance,” Rooney explained.
Derby boast one of the best and most productive academies in England right now. The U18s won the Premier League 2 title back in 2018/19, beating Arsenal 5-2 in the final.
Many of those players are now either in or around the first-team or pushing from the U23s.
Max Bird, Lee Buchanan, Jason Knight and Louie Sibley have established themselves as first-team members while Louie Watson and Kornell McDonald have come off the bench.
Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Kaide Gordon and Morgan Whittaker, meanwhile, have all been sold over the past 12 months with fellow clubs recognising Derby’s thriving academy.
Wilson will hope he will get a chance in the coming weeks, and it’s to Derby’s credit they are willing to trust their young stars despite the precarious position in the Championship table.