Manager John Sheridan to take Plymouth Argyle prospect Tyler Harvey out of the firing line
MANAGER John Sheridan is taking 17-year-old striker Tyler Harvey out of the firing line as Plymouth Argyle battle against relegation.
Sheridan does not believe it would benefit Harvey's development as a player of some promise to be part of the struggle for Football League survival.
Harvey is a second-year apprentice who is set to sign a professional contract with the Pilgrims in the summer.
He has already made two starts and five substitutes appearances for Argyle at first team level, and scored on his full debut in the 1-1 draw with Torquay United at Home Park on Boxing Day.
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Sheridan also has similar concerns over the amount of under-pressure football 19-year-old midfielder Luke Young has had in the past couple of seasons.
Young, who celebrates his 20th birthday next Friday, has made 59 league appearances for Argyle in his short career to date.
Sheridan has explained his reasoning to Harvey and Young.
The Argyle manager told Herald Sport: "It's very difficult to play in a team who are fighting relegation.
"I don't think you are learning the game properly because everything is a dogfight.
"It's not a case of me not thinking they are not good enough for us. It's just that they are at a young age and I don't think it has been a good experience for them.
"I see a lot of good things in both of them, and I have had a chat with them.
"Tyler is a lovely footballer and I really like what he has got in his game," continued the former Republic of Ireland international midfielder.
"I have explained to him I don't think it's a time now for a young kid to be thrown in and expect him to do this, that and the other.
"Likewise with Youngy because he's still a kid. Hopefully, they will learn and take on board what I'm trying to tell them.
"It's not a case that I'm kicking Tyler out of the squad. He's training with the first team all the time now.
"Then a massive thing for him will be when he does a pre-season with the first team and he will be a lot, lot stronger."
ARGYLE'S 17-year-old goalkeeper Christian Walton has signed for Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Pilgrims will receive an undisclosed fee for Walton and, according to Argyle, they will also 'further benefit' as his career progresses at Brighton.
Walton, who hails from Wadebridge in north Cornwall, has agreed a long-term deal with the Seagulls.
He will complete his apprenticeship before turning professional in the summer on a contract until June 2016.
ARGYLE'S game against Oxford United at Home Park today (3pm) sees the end of the one-month 'youth loan' of Reading striker Gozie Ugwu.
The 19-year-old's loan could be extended for the rest of the season with the agreement of all parties.
THERE will be a report on Argyle's game against Oxford on www.thisisplymouth.co.uk after the final whistle. You can also follow @ChrisErrington1 on twitter for live updates.