The Athletic’s Crystal Palace correspondent Matt Woosnam has provided a one word answer to a supporter on Twitter.
Woosnam had tweeted an article detailing a crop of bright prospects currently in the club’s academy, ahead of them securing Category One status next term.
In response to that article, one fan asked if the step up to Category One status would mean that the Eagles’ U23 side would be competing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – now known as the EFL Trophy – next term, to which Woosnam provided an encouraging answer.
— Matt Woosnam (@MattWoosie) February 11, 2020
Having the chance to play in the EFL Trophy would be brilliant for Crystal Palace’s U23 side in regards to their development.
While it may not get the attention of the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, the EFL Trophy is still contested by all 47 sides who play in League One and League Two, divisions containing seasoned professionals who would provide a much sterner test for young players instead of merely playing against other youngsters.
It may not immediately see the next Kylian Mbappe come out of south London, but competing in the EFL Trophy can only be good news for those currently in Crystal Palace’s U23 ranks, seeing as it will push them further in their development and take them out of their comfort zone.
Woosnam’s answer is hardly definitive, although the word ‘potentially’ offers enough encouragement for this update to be considered good news for the south Londoners’ youth ranks.
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