Date: 25th July 2015 at 3:21pm
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Martin Allen hasn’t made a secret of the fact he, and not simply down to financial reasons, would prefer to work with a smaller squad this season and the Barnet manager has reiterated such thought.

With younger players to call upon, and of course only a maximum of 14 to be used in any one game, Allen’s cited the 18-man squad that Wycombe used last season as proof less can be more, quoted by Get West London as saying.

‘I’ve got to be very careful as there’s only 11 you can play. Wycombe had 18 players and they were top until February and only drifted away at the end.

‘Only three of them go on. I’m not bothered between five or seven. We’ve got 10 young lads and some of them are good players.’

Presently the Bees have 19 players in the squad, another ‘keeper will be added and this could see trialist Ashlee Jones come in following his successful time looking to impress the boss.

Unlike the Conference, where you only name five, you select up to seven subs in the Football League but even with this in mind Allen’s keen to involve the younger players coming through.

He added overlooking these could hinder their development and he doesn’t want that either.

‘If I bring more players in, would I stop their development when I have two or three of them training with me every day and they become better players. If I block that pathway through then what’s the point of having them?’

A fair and valid point, I’m a firm believer in the ‘if they’re good enough they’re old enough’ philosophy so why hamper progress unnecessarily.

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