The German manager handed teenage striker Cauley Woodrow a surprise debut at Cardiff City a week ago and kept faith with the 19 year-old for Saturday’s crucial victory over Newcastle. Magath’s belief in Woodrow was rewarded by a mature and energetic display from the England youth international – and Magath explained his decision to give some of Fulham’s youngsters an opportunity came about because of some stilted performances from more senior players.
The decision was based on the last games. I had thought that, in this situation, the older players are more confident – but they weren’t.
The young players like Cauley are more exciting. They have nothing to lose and give us good motivation, and I think they give us more of a chance to stay up.
Magath was also full of praise for promising winger Patrick Roberts, who was handed a spot on the bench on Saturday, and has tipped the wide man for a successful professional career.
Cauley played very well. I’m convinced that he will have a future and I also think that in Patrick Roberts we have an extraordinary talent here. Pat is a player for the future and if the game was heading in a different way then I’d have put him on to score. He is only 17 but he is a very good goalscorer and he will do it in the Premier League too.
The 17 year-old, a regular in England’s youth sides, recently signed his first professional contract at Craven Cottage.