Hoilett told to bide his time
Sam Allardyce has called for patience from starlet Junior Hoilett as he waits to make an impact at Blackburn.
Last Updated: 12/10/10 4:35pm
Sam Allardyce has called for patience from Blackburn starlet Junior Hoilett as he waits to make an impact at Ewood Park.
The Canadian winger made eight starts last season and 15 outings off the bench, but has seen other hot prospects such as defender Phil Jones break into the first-team ahead of him.
Hoilett is still waiting for his big chance this term after making just two substitute appearances, but manager Allardyce is certain the 20-year-old will get his chance to shine.
"Junior has made a contribution last year," Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"You have to bear in mind it is a different position than Phil Jones. The hardest place to break into is the front line.
"The front line is a very difficult place to be, as it is for Nikola Kalinic still at the age of 21.
"It is a massive role and responsibility. Look in the Premier League and see how many young forwards are playing and I wouldn't think there are any under 24. It is a very difficult place.
"Wayne Rooney is 24 and he is an exceptionally good player that has been playing since 17 but there are not many like that around.
"He has to be a little bit more patient because the ability of Junior is outstanding in terms of creativity.
"The overall ability of Phil Jones is exceptionally good, certainly his defensive side.
"But the creative side of Junior is very, very good indeed but that might take until his mid 20s before he actually reproduces on a regular basis into the first team."
Hoilett has been at Ewood Park since the age of 13 and Allardyce insists bringing through home-grown players remains a priority at the club.
"We have had a number of players since I have been here come to the first team squad, stay with them after watching them play against us and then go back down again," said Allardyce.
"Finally we have someone that has emerged and broke through.
"Junior Hoilett has made a massive contribution first and then Phil Jones comes through, makes a massive contribution and has pushed on and moved on from there.
"We are constantly bringing through young players to find out what their talent is and to promote that talent as early as possible."