Derby County youngster Louie Sibley once again showed his talent earlier this week as he helped the club’s Under 19 side progress to the next round of the UEFA Youth League, beating Borussia Dortmund at Pride Park.
The Rams’ U19 side have been experiencing some superb performances on the pitch over the last couple of years and their stint in European competition is now set to continue after the 3-1 victory.
Goals from Eiram Cashin, Jordan Brown and Sibley cancelled out Reda Jousef Khadra’s strike for the visitors in what was a game full of talent.
Sibley, who has been producing the goods at yout level form sometime now – has also featured for Phillip Cocu’s first team this season, playing twice in the League Cup and once in the Championship against Reading, earlier in the season.
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The Birmingham born midfielder’s rise up through the youth ranks has seen calls from fans for more first chances, and his performance against Dortmund would surely of handed boss Cocu with some food for thought.
Sibley’s 98 minute showing against the German side saw him score the third of Derby’s goal and be a constant problem for the visitors.
Whilst looking at Sibley’s statistics, you may think room for improvement is apparent – watching the attacking playmaker will truely show you of his type of game.
Sibley is very much an impact player, hence the amount of dribbles he attempted against Dortmund, attempting eight but only completing three.
His attacking willingness is also shown in his passing attempts, preferring to find space and little pockets to create openings for his teammates.
A deeper role would have seen Sibley create more passes, but with the game being an end-to-end affair – Sibley’s role became more of a false-nine than anything.
Overall, Sibley’s impact was again extremely important to the victory and with the added experience of some extra game time in Derby’s first team – the club could have a really exciting talent on their hands.