Derby County coach Lee Glover has stressed the need for the club's youngsters to perform out of their comfort zones.
The Rams have a decent youth system in the Championship and the youngsters have been given clear tasks for the summer, despite the first team having no manager in place ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign.
Glover feels there is a real opportunity for the younger players to impress, but has stressed the need for them to continue challenging themselves by moving outside their comfort zones ahead of the new season.
“When we speak to the players at the end of the season, we give them all goals for the next season,” he said.
“They've got to be looking to push for the first team now - The players need to be out of their comfort zone to progress - they need to come under pressure and realise that when playing against better players, they've got to be at their peak.”
The youth section at any club is vital because of the benefits it provides to the manager and the pressure it can take away from him.
If Derby can create an environment where the younger players are challenging each other and pushing for positions in the first team, it gives the club’s first team boss extra options.
He can draw on younger players when he needs extra cover in a position and it’s a more readily available supply of new players than the club having to go out and spend big money in the transfer market.
If younger players work hard and look after themselves over the next few weeks, they have a great chance of being involved.