After securing three league victories on the bounce on Saturday, the mood around Fir Park has changed dramatically.
The disappointing Scottish Cup exit to Ross County has been somewhat forgotten, with the Steelmen now able to look up instead of down the league.
Motherwell’s youth stars have inspired consecutive 1-0 victories over Hibs then Dundee on Saturday. David Turnbull has been the standout of the last few months for Motherwell, and notched his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot at the weekend.
He’s not the only promising star on hand, as Stephen Robinson looks to be building a squad for the future.
Plenty of young talent
Throughout the season, Motherwell have had many youth stars involved in first team squads, nine to be exact. This is a terrific number, but what makes this more promising is how many of them are capable candidates for the Well first team.
Turnbull has been the star of the show. His creativity in midfield is what Motherwell lacked, and the team have benefited since he broke into the first team. You have first team regulars in Alan Campbell and Chris Cadden who have came through the youth setup. Campbell has been the natural heir to Keith Lasley in the middle, and the Fir Park side have missed Cadden whilst he has been injured.
The Scotland international is key member of Robinson’s right hand side. Cadden’s tireless and energetic runs are vital to how Motherwell play.
Jake Hastie has returned from Alloa on good form. The wide man has got a goal and an assist in his last three outings, providing pace and an attacking impetus on the wings.
There are also players on the fringes of the first team like James Scott, Adam Livingstone and Stuart McKinstry. These youngsters are pushing the experienced heads in the Fir Park dressing room for places in the first team squad.
Former Motherwell youth coach Stephen Craigan deserves lots of praise for this emergence in youth talent. He led the Motherwell youth team to a Youth Cup triumph in 2016, and oversaw many of these players’ transition into first team players. It’ll be up to new youth coach Maurice Ross to continue this trend, alongside academy director Steven Hammell.
With a hungry young squad, Motherwell will be a team to watch in the coming years. If the Steelmen can hold onto their young stars, they could have another golden generation on their hands.