16-year-old St Mirren prospect Dylan Reid ‘needs to put more weight on’ to contribute to manager Jim Goodwin’s matchday plans every week.
The teenage midfielder impressed in last Saturday’s 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw with Dundee United. Goodwin now has a decision to make over whether Reid starts again this Saturday at Easter Road against Hibs as his team hunt a first league win of the campaign, aware that it is not possible to play the youngster every week.
Reid was wanted by big clubs in Germany and the UK before signing his new professional deal with St Mirren earlier this year. Goodwin said: “Dylan’s one we have high hopes for but he’s only 16. He is improving on a daily basis. Hopefully that continues, but physically he’s nowhere near where he needs to be. We need to try and bulk him up.
“Athletically he is brilliant and when I look at our sports science data, he has all the main attributes. He needs more muscle and he needs to put more weight on. He’s probably a little too lightweight at the minute to play men’s football every week. I was delighted to get 75 minutes out of him against Dundee United. He’s excellent on the ball.”
Meanwhile, Goodwin has confirmed centre-back Charles Dunne and attacker Greg Kiltie will be out of action with injury for a period of time: “Greg had a little bit of keyhole surgery on a knee to tidy that up. He will probably be out for four to six weeks and Charles Dunne a couple of weeks.
“He had a slight hamstring tear in the week leading up to the international break. We have a couple of players back from suspension in Ethan Erhahon and Alan Power so the squad is a lot stronger.”
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