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Lewis Young is a firework - Bury manager David Flitcroft

11 March 2014

Bury winger Lewis Young has been compared to a firework by manager David Flitcroft, who wants to see his new signing light up the JD Stadium.

The 24-year-old, who is the brother of Manchester United and England winger Ashley Young, moved to the club last month after spells with seven different Football League and non-League clubs.

After failing to make a huge impression at his previous clubs, Flitcroft is hoping he can harness Young's raw abilities for the Shakers' benefit.

Speaking after Young made his home debut in a 45-minute cameo in Friday's 0-0 draw with Rochdale, Flitcroft said: "It's like the Catherine Wheel, isn't it? You set it off and then it gets stuck because you've put the nail in too far and you're disappointed.

"But we're going to work on that. I've just told him 'stay on the ball a touch longer'; if he stays on the ball half a second something else will happen. It's that rush of blood but we'll calm him down.

"He's quick and he's elusive, very difficult to pick up when he makes a deep run. That doesn't matter, he's going to be judged on what he does in the last third and that's the bit that we've got to get right. It's a component that's difficult to use."

The Bury boss admits Young must heed his advice if he is to stick around with the Sky Bet League Two club after initially penning terms until the end of the season.

"I see a player in there but I've got to make sure that we can get that out of him," he added.

"If you keep saying the same thing to the same player and it's not seeping in then you've got a bit of a problem.

"I've only worked with him for five or six training sessions so it's not been a long time. He'll find out what I need from him as a footballer."


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