Rob Page has said that Remie Streete is a “fantastic defender” and part of his long-term plans but that he is still adapting from U21 football.
Streete has made just 13 appearances this season and his absent from the first-team squad on Saturday has caused some fans to speculate over his future at the club.
He is still young and has come from a Newcastle United under-21s team so he is adapting to the way things are in real football…
However, Page told the Sentinel: “Of course he is [part of my long-term plans”, he is a good player. He is still young and has come from a Newcastle United under-21s team so he is adapting to the way things are in real football, not under-21s football any more.
“I brought him in because I recognised he is a fantastic defender, so he will still be part of it.
“Richard Duffy is on nine bookings so is one away from a two-game suspension and Remie starting. That’s just the way football is.”
However, Page also warning his fringe players that they need to do all they can to impress and stake their claim for a starting place. Page added:
“As a player, when I wasn’t in the team I would do absolutely everything possible to make an impression on the manager, whether in training or in reserve games. As much as you don’t like reserve games, they are not a punishment, they are there for a reason.
“You can have a massive impact by what you do on a daily basis. Sit and sulk and you are going to get nowhere. Roll your sleeves up and have a go in a game, and do what you can in training, then you make the right impression.”