The youth section at the club is important for a number of reasons and Wassall is currently tasked with ensuring his side are competitive, as well as providing first team manager Paul Clement with some extra options.
Wassall has also explained that he’s not had to stress to his younger players how important the new under-21 Premier League season is for his team.
“We have a number of players who have had to play out of position in the games and that has been a good experience for them,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“The players are well prepared for the new season and we haven’t had to spell out our expectations for the new season.”
“They should all be self-motivated, have that hunger and have that inner desire to be the best they can.”
Versatility is important
If Derby’s younger players can show their versatility, they have a greater chance of being able to get a spot in the first team under Clement.
Clement is in a situation where he already has good options all over his first team and he needs younger players to show more and to give him different options.
The first team boss would have been hoping for more than a 0-0 draw in the club’s first game of the season, but the Rams are still likely to be one of the teams in and around the top six by the end of the season.