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Spooner delighted to see Reid make the step-up

Jayden Reid made his Blues First Team debut on Wednesday
Jayden Reid made his Blues First Team debut on Wednesday

I would have liked to have seen him being used earlier in previous games because I think he would have given us an option up top.

Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner says Jayden Reid 'did himself no harm' after seeing the teenager make his First Team debut for Blues against Swansea on Wednesday evening.

The 19-year-old striker came off the substitutes' bench in the 76th minute in place of Jeremie Bela in the 3-1 loss to The Swans.

Reid is the latest player from Blues' youth set-up to make the transition into the First Team.

And he is a youngster that Senior Professional Development Coach Spooner is extremely familiar with, having helped nurture him with the Under-23s prior to the lockdown.

"He certainly did himself no harm when he came on," said Spooner, who this Sunday will take charge of the First Team against Stoke City alongside Craig Gardner.

"He looked lively and bright and powerful. But that’s nothing I haven’t seen from him before.

"I would have liked to have seen him being used earlier in previous games because I think he would have given us an option up top.

"You always say to the players there are no excuses and whenever you get the opportunity to go out there and make sure you give it your all.

"He acquitted himself really well and he has given us something to look at as well".

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