US Tour: Youth progress a plus for Kidd
- 31 July 2010 01:22
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
City are set to name a strong side for their game against Inter Milan in Baltimore on Saturday night, but Brian Kidd says that the younger players have gained from being on the US tour.
Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out win over Club America in Atlanta saw the Blues field by far their strongest side of the tour so far, with the Toure brothers starting for the first time, and Gareth Barry and Shay Given among those making their first appearances of the three-week visit.
Earlier games had featured a few younger players, who subsequently flew home, but the coach is adamant Scott Kay, Andrew Tutte and others will have gained from the games and the training they took part in.
“It was a fantastic experience for those young players to get game time in such an environment with such quality players that we have at the club,” Brian declares.
“They must feed and live off that, and it was always the plan to give the kids a go earlier, then get the more experienced players out in the later games but I hope the younger players got something out of it.
“The lads who came back from the World Cup are getting game time under their belts, and we have to look at them to bring them on a little bit because they had a long, hard summer before this.”
Brian, along with David Platt, will oversee City at the M & T Bank Stadium after manager Roberto Mancini returned to Italy on Friday due to a family illness.
“Clearly it’s a difficult time for the boss with him having to go back for family reasons. But the lads have been very professional, and he called to thank them for the commitment and effort that they have put in on the tour.
“Obviously it’s all happened very suddenly but I have passed his best wishes on and he is sorry he could not be here. We’ll speak with the boss, we’re constantly in touch and we’ll see which team he wants to go with on Saturday.”