Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on youngster Louie Sibley’s situation as the academy star netted another two goals for the U23s.
Sibley has been the standout player for Derby’s U23 side this season.
After helping the U18s win the Premier League Cup last season, Sibley is now a predominant figure as Darren Wassall’s U23s top their league heading into Christmas.
But, despite his apparent brilliance, Sibley has yet to make a Championship appearance for the Rams first team and supporters feel he should now be involved.
Get knocking on the managers door lad you could easily slot into our midfield at the minute…
— Mawgen hogg (@MawgenH) December 16, 2019
Go and kick that door down, you deserve 1st team run out #keepitup ⚽️⚽️
— A.J Motors Derby (@MotorsDerby) December 16, 2019
Got to be starting against Reading Saturday best player in a Rams shirt for years 🐏
— David Winstone (@Winstone6David) December 17, 2019
Next stop is 1st XI 18 👊🐑
— Phil (@WestSussexRam) December 16, 2019
Brilliant again tonight Louie, a real pleasure to watch every week. Keep it up, you’ll be in the first team before you know it🤞🏼🐏
— Ash🐏 (@ashleighward96) December 16, 2019
— ben (@bcDE__) December 16, 2019
Should be in the first team such good creative spark just what we need let’s see If cocu will see that u are the man for the job
— JoshAndrews14 (@JoshuaA14310084) December 16, 2019
Manager Phillip Cocu has pledged to push Derby’s youngsters through.
Midfielder Jason Knight has started Derby’s last two Championship games. Morgan Whitaker, Lee Buchanan and Max Bird have also been involved in the first team this season.
As Derby struggle down in lower midtable, calls for the academy stars grow.
Supporters would seemingly rather see Derby’s young players given a chance over the likes of Kieran Dowell who has disappointed since joining on loan from Everton.
Sibley is predominantly an attacking midfielder. He can create and score goals by playing off a striker. His first goal against Southampton U23 in his last outing where he picked up the ball, drove forward before nestling a 20-yard strike epitomised what he is all about.
A potential Derby first team spot could be blocked by the likes of Tom Lawrence and later Wayne Rooney. But at 18, Sibley should soon be exposed to senior football.