Shakers Under-18 prospect Matty Foulds made his debut for the Club last night and Manager David Flitcroft was impressed.
Bury’s talented Youth Team defender Matty Foulds made his First Team debut last night against Premier League side Leicester City, and impressed with an assured performance in his second choice position, left-back.
The 17-year old came on at half-time and looked settled almost straight away, making some key headers and playing the ball with a comfort that belies his age.
Manager David Flitcroft felt that he deserved a chance after proving himself in training against the established strikers in the squad and he was proud that the defender returned his trust with a confident performance.
After the match David Flitcroft said: “He doesn’t surprise me at all, I’ve compared him to John Stones in his young days. He’s only seventeen, but he plays with no fear and an attitude that every game could be his last.
“He’s been with the first team now for probably 8 or 9 months, so he has been training at a higher intensity. He got schooled by Leon Clarke the other week, and it was one of the best days of training he’s had.
“Afterwards I told him this is where you want to be, not playing for the under-18s, but coming up against Tom Pope, Leon Clarke and Ryan Lowe because they will test you, and he’s had that now for quite a few months. As a direct result he’s been getting better and better.
“You could see during the game that there is no fear in the kid, he made his passes and he really gets stuck in. I love that, there’s real honesty about what he does.
“His position is left sided centre-half, but I had no fear putting him on at left-back and I thought he was fantastic.”
The introduction of a second year scholar from the Youth Team was a resounding success for the Youth set-up, and Flitcroft feels that it shows that the Club are going in the right direction to develop players who can become first team regulars.
He explained: “It is part of the vision that me and the Chairman set when I came in, I was really passionate about trying to go down that route.
“I think the Community Trust still had the youth set-up in their system, now we’ve got control of it and we brought Ryan Kidd in, it’s moved a million miles from where it was and the likes of Matty Foulds and Jack Ruddy who have been with us right through, show the direction we are going in.
“It was the right opportunity tonight to blood him, knowing that he would take it in his stride, which he did do.”