Pep: It's a clean slate for everyone

David Stockdale in training in Portugal
David Stockdale in training in Portugal

Every asset of the Club is part of the Club. And they all have a fresh start on that.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet has confirmed that every player starts afresh for the coming campaign.

Clotet plans to carefully assess the options for his side and those who force their case in pre-season by impressing have every chance of involvement.

That includes players who were loaned out last season and previously, as well as the current crop of Under-23s who have been knocking on the door.

Last season David Stockdale, Jonathan Grounds, Steve Seddon and Cheick Keita all spent significant time away from Blues on loan, for varying reasons.

That quartet are part of the squad in Portugal and have trained with the First Team group since reporting back.

"A clean slate? Absolutely," said Clotet. "I think it is our job to be as fair as possible and for it to be based on what we see in the practices and on the training pitch.

“Every asset of the Club is part of the Club. And they all have a fresh start on that.

“Then it is up to every player to do their best. And the way they can show that is on the training pitch and with their attitude.

“Regarding the Under-23s, we are a club that needs to get the best of the players we produce.

“The Club has done that before and it will do it in the future. How football is going, this will become even more important to have the ability to develop players.

“I am pretty sure the fans will be very happy to see home-grown players getting minutes.

“But at the same time we need to make sure that the team keeps being competitive and the young players come to add to us and help us.”