Watford boss Sean Dyche believes that sending players like striker Gavin Massey out on loan will help his development as a player in the long run. The 19 year old has just commenced his third month at Huish Park, and is slowly becoming a regular in the Glovers starting line-up.
An accomplished finish at Chesterfield on Saturday was his third goal for the Glovers, and his eleven games for the club have taken him past the eight substitute appearances he has so far made for the Hornets. With Massey now having started in seven matches, Dyche told the Watford Observer that he was very happy with the player's progress and his goal over the weekend:
"I am really pleased for Gavin. He nicked a couple the other week too (against Colchester United). I have spoken to him a few times and he is really enjoying the taste of first team football and it can only stand him in good stead moving forward."
Dyche's view is that blooding young players too quickly can hamper their development, and so he is happy to see their academy products loaned out and gradually eased into first team football, instead of being chucked in the deep end:
"I have suggested many times that the loan system is very important to us, not just for us as a club but to develop our players. I stated when I took over that we needed to allow some of the young players time. Last year we were throwing them in and they were not ready. They have actually regressed and now we have had to put them back on the platform to go forward."
Dyche presumably sees Massey as a forward who could play a part in the Hornets first team during this season, given that he has blocked him from playing in Saturday's game at Hereford United to avoid him becoming cup-tied through the FA Cup First Round match. His current deal keeps him at Huish Park until Sunday 11th December - the day after the home match against Notts County - although Youth Loan rules allow that to be extended further.
Link: Gavin Massey : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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