Scoring sensation Nathan Young-Coombes paid tribute to the Brentford B staff after making his Premier League debut in the closing minutes against Southampton. The 19-year-old’s first taste of top flight action was to be clattered by a hefty challenge before helping The Bees seal another clean sheet by slotting in at right back. He spoke in the Mixed Zone after the 3-0 win on Saturday, 7 May.
“It was a little bit like ‘welcome to men’s football’, but as a striker you have to do a job for the team,” said the free-scoring centre forward. “'I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s been my dream but the way the system is set up allows us to slide into a Premier League game and I can't give enough credit to the B Team staff for putting me in a position to achieve this.”
He added: “I’ve scored lots of goals for the B Team and hopefully I can do it for the First Team. The B Team has put me in a good place to play against men's first teams and this is the final hurdle that I just need to make it over.”
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He said the system where B Team players can slot into the same position in the First Team because of the common ethos has helped in his progression.
“Yes 100 per cent," he added. "We're always slotting into the first team training, we’re always around the first team boys and now my name goes on the first team graduates board."
The striker, who has bagged a hatful of goals for the B Team this season, was clutching his signed debut shirt as he left the Brentford Community Stadium: “My next job is to make sure I give this to my mum to round off a perfect day.”