‘I’ll make sure Sell­ers keeps his lev­els up’

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GARETH Ainsworth has promised Ryan Sell­ers he will not let him fall down the cracks in the pave­ment of pro­fes­sional football.

The for­mer Bolton young­ster joined Wy­combe last sum­mer, but de­spite some im­pres­sive pre-sea­son per­for­mances, has only gone on to make 14 ap­pear­ances, his only start com­ing in the Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy.

His big­gest op­por­tu­nity so far came against Mans­field on Good Fri­day when he re­placed the in­jured Sam Woods just eight min­utes in and got the near­est he has yet man­aged to 90 min­utes un­der his belt.

How­ever, the 21-year-old left­winger was back on the bench when Wy­combe trav­elled up to Notts County.

Man­ager Ainsworth said: “Ryan will im­prove. He’s not had a lot of min­utes lately, and that’s some­thing I spoke to Ryan about this week – trust­ing him and putting him in the team when the op­por­tu­nity arises. He’s al­ways around the ball, young and will­ing, and wants to learn and play for this club. It’s tough for a young lad to come in and play the way I want us to play, es­pe­cially com­ing into a league team which wants re­sults ev­ery Satur­day.

“Ryan’s been a left back all his ca­reer, but I think he’s a winger and changed him into one. I think he’s bett­ter go­ing for­ward than de­fend­ing. He’s got pace, puts a good cross in, wins head­ers and has got a goal in him, which are all at­tributes for a left back rather than a winger.

“That’s a big change for a young man to have on his shoul­ders, and we’re a long way off the fin­ished ar­ti­cle, but we’ve got all the raw tools to work with.

“I will be work­ing hard with him to make sure he keeps the per­for­mance lev­els up and doesn’t fall by the way­side. He’ll learn. It’s all about tak­ing your op­por­tu­ni­ties and learn­ing fast. I’m sure Ryan will be pleased to have got some min­utes un­der his belt, and I’m sure we’ll see more of him with Sam Wood out for a few weeks.”

‘Young and will­ing’: Ryan Sell­ers and (right) boss Gareth Ainsworth

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