There was hope at the beginning of the season that Neil Lennon would start to tentatively give more minutes to academy wonderkid Karamoko Dembele. It hasn’t panned out this way so far, what’s more, the midfielder appeared to have fallen off the radar altogether.
So we were pleased to see Karamoko among the first team in Latvia on Wednesday during training.
Karamoko has shown a ridiculous amount of promise and it’s easy to forget he’s only 17 considering the support have known about the toungset for years. While we’re not saying throw him in to the detriment of his development, we HAVE to see this lad get meaningful game time to develop.
There are no competitions or games for the reserves and all Karamoko will be doing is training. There’s only so much training you can do, to really develop and bring on a young star, they need to be playing.
Paralysed by the fear of losing ten in a row, Neil Lennon will understandably be cautious about throwing young players into the mix but the lad has enough about him to make 10-20 appearances this season – even from the bench.