Martin: “What We’re Here To Do Is Develop Players”
By Jonathan Nagioff
Watford Under-18s coach Carl Martin says his focus remains on developing his side rather on where they finish in the table.
The Hornets picked up their first point of the season after a gutsy 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
And Martin is hopeful of fast tracking his youngsters into the Under-23s group.
“This season we’ve not put an expectation on them in terms of league position,” say Martin. “So, our success this year will be seeing how many scholars can play in that Under-23s team and stake a claim in that team, because it’s about pushing them.
“In terms of league position, for us it’s not important.
“We all want to win, we all want to do well, but what we’re here to do is to try and develop players and get them progressing.”
Martin is also keen to incorporate members of the Under-16s squad into his plans, which he believes will massively improve their progress.
“We’re trying to accelerate players’ development and pathways through the club,” said the Under-18s coach. “We’ve got to try to get players through.
“It’s massively important for us as a team, as a group of staff within the academy, and for the club that we try and get these young players through - and the only way we can do that is by taking them out of their comfort zones.
“Playing in the Under-16s is comfortable for them, so Under-18s football will take them out of that comfort zone, and they’ve done brilliantly.
“Since they’ve come up, they’ve really impressed.”
The Under-18s next play away to Sheffield United on Saturday August 25 (1pm KO).