Davey tips starlet for the top

Barnsley boss hails young forward

Davey: Pleased with 15-year-old

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Barnsley manager Simon Davey insists starlet Reuben Noble-Lazarus can make it to the top.

"The world is his oyster, he has got fantastic ability, blistering pace and a great touch."

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The 15-year-old forward became the youngest player in Football League history when he came off the bench during The Tykes' defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday.

Davey insists the act was not a stunt and that the young forward has the ability to become a top player.

"The world is his oyster, he has got fantastic ability, blistering pace and a great touch - so if we can give him the stage he can go all the way," Davey told Sky Sports News.

Ability

"He has got fantastic ability. First and foremost his ability has got him in there - he has got pace, and when he gets on the pitch he has no fear.

"He is a quiet lad off the pitch and is a bit shy but when he gets on the pitch he lets his football do the talking."

Davey insists Noble-Lazarus would have played when he was 14, had he not been prevented from doing so by FA regulations.

"I spotted him when he was 12 and I thought it was the right time to integrate him - I wanted to play him in the Carling Cup but he wasn't 15 - so I have done it now," he said.

"Hopefully he will grow in stature and go from strength to strength."