The Head Coach of the Reggae Boyz, Heimer Hallgrimsson, has expressed high praise for 17-year-old striker, Dujuan Richards, who is part of the squad for the two-game series against Trinidad and Tobago.
Although Richards may not start today’s friendly international against T&T at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, he has been hailed as a technically sound player who is physically ready for the challenge of stepping up to men’s football.
Despite being one of several teenagers in the squad, Hallgrimsson has noted that Richards is a future player, and there is no pressure on him to score goals.
The coach is more focused on assessing how he performs at the international level.
Richards, who recently had a trial stint in England with Premier League outfit, Newcastle United, has returned to the island and is reported to be on the verge of his first professional contract.
He expressed his gratitude for being part of the 25-man squad and praised the senior Boyz coach for helping him improve his game, particularly in the areas of passing and movement.
Overall, the Reggae Boyz coach is pleased to have Richards on the team and believes he is a good player to be involved in the game. However, Hallgrimsson acknowledges that stepping up to men’s football and the international level is a big challenge for Richards, and it remains to be seen how he will fare.
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