Alfie Pavey – Youth Watch

His been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks for the Under 21’s with an incredible strike a couple of weeks ago, and a 7 minute hat-trick on Monday. But if some aren’t aware, who is Alfie Pavey? Signed for Millwall in the summer of 2013 after setting records for goals scored in the Maidstone youth ranks, Pavey is best described as a typical front line forward. Making his debut for the Lions away to Wolves at the end of last season, he is probably most comparable with Steve Morison from the senior side. Offering different roles, whether it be hold up play, or playing on the last line of defence and getting through on goal. In Maidstone’s youth ranks, Pavey scored over 300 goals in three years, including 124 in his final season before on 22 May 2013 joining Millwall on a two-year academy scholarship

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Since arriving at the club his record in the Under 18’s wasn’t setting the world alight, but coming from Maidstone a transitional period of training every day has to be accounted for. Physically he has developed and during pre-season handled himself well against the likes of AFC Wimbledon, perhaps at this stage in his career he could benefit with a loan move similar to Fred when he went to Wycombe last season. I rememeber attending one of his first games against Bromley in pre-season 2013-14 season, a game where he and Aiden O’Brien lead the line together, it is very clear to see the progress he has made as a player since joining.

Can he make the impact in the first team? Having only played for 10 minutes at Wolves it’s almost the impossible to judge the player and whether he can make the jump, but then we have to question the purpose of the Under 21 squad, Harris was quoted in the week stating that if a player consistently plays well then they will get a chance. We’ve seen Onyedinma, O’Brien, Nelson and Thompson make the transition into the senior squad, so if Pavey keeps the form going then it won’t be a surprise to see him make the squad in a game soon. Morison and Gregory only have two goals each so far this season, and O’Brien with his hat-trick last week seems to have cemented his place and role in the side. So if our senior forwards don’t score the goals and do the business, as a fan I would back the choice for Pavey to have a chance.

Young players are hungry, it’s a gamble to play them but they will work hard and do their best to impress, Morison has been a welcome addition this season but seems to have gone off the pace in recent games, perhaps the game against Northampton in the JPT could be the chance for Pavey to impress his manager. Having played with a lot of the squad coming through the Under 18’s and 21’s, I believe that Pavey could potentially be a good player to have in the squad.

What do you think of Pavey? Can he cut it in League One?

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