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Freddie Ljungberg hails Bukayo Saka but admits he didn’t like playing at wing back

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Freddie Ljungberg hails Bukayo Saka but admits he didn’t like playing at wing back

The teenager clearly prefers playing further forward but still contributed a goal and an assist.

Freddie Ljungberg admitted Bukayo Saka was not happy about playing in defence during the 2-2 draw against Standard Liege last night.

As per the Daily Mirror, Ljungberg admitted Saka was not best pleased with being moved to wing back but praised the contribution he made regardless.

He said: “He was amazing. He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He’s a tremendous talent. His final ball and last bit is always effective.

 

“I feel sorry for our young players. A lot of them haven’t been on loan, they’ve not had that exposure to men’s football. Some of them made mistakes but they’ll learn from those mistakes and won’t do them again. Bukayo had a tremendous night.”

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TBR’s View – Ljungberg will hope to get the best from his young players, however long his reign lasts

Ljungberg was promoted into the first team structure primarily because he had worked with the club’s young players in the past.

It was hoped that he could ease their pathway into the first team and Saka provides an example of how he managed to do that before he was even named manager.

Now he’s in charge, he will hope to get even more from those youngsters he knows so well and clearly trusts greatly, however long his spell in the hotseat lasts.

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