Jaïdi: A clear pathway

By SFC Media Thu 06 Dec Aston Villa v Saints
Photo by James Bridle

Entering a run of three games in the next seven days, Radhi Jaïdi knows just how important focus, drive and determination will be in the quest to remain in Premier League 2's top three spots.

As well as positive results, Jaïdi has been happy with some of the individual progress made by his players, not least Michael Obafemi and Yan Valery, who have both enjoyed first-team cameos in recent weeks.

The pair, alongside others, have had regular training time with the first team this season, and now with a new manager in position, Jaïdi is hoping to see more youngsters stake a claim for inclusion in Ralph Hasenhüttl's matchday squad.

"It's a really important period for us. The games are coming thick and fast and that in itself will be a learning curve," Jaïdi said.

"The experience of playing back-to-back games is tough. We've played almost 35 games since pre-season, which is challenging.

"Obviously it's teaching the boys how to be professional, how to recover, and how to remain focussed.

"We're seeing obvious results, both on the pitch, and in terms of young players involved in the first team.

"Most importantly, we're getting these boys to a level where they can be seen and picked by the first-team staff and the new manager.

"Michael [Obafemi] and Yan [Valery] have proved themselves, and there's others who are capable of doing the same.

"We've had plenty of success. Players believe, and they can see a clear pathway. That's a great trigger for these young boys to push themselves and keep improving."

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