Lads will rally round Hughes says boss
DERBY County's talented young midfielder Will Hughes has again been backed to come through his dip in form.
The 17-year-old has struggled to make an impact in the last two matches, against Nottingham Forest and in Saturday's FA Cup defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
He was substituted after 75 minutes of the 3-0 defeat by Rovers.
"Will is trying his socks off but it is just not happening for him at the moment," said manager Nigel Clough.
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"He is going to have these dips in his career. Everything doesn't run smoothly but we know he will come through it."
Hughes made his full debut for the first team in the final game of last season and he has started all but one of the 31 fixtures this season.
"He has had a couple of slightly below-par games and we will have a chat to him this week and see how he goes," said Clough.
"But he is the sort of lad who will still want to get out there and play.
"We have to remember that he is only 17 and it is his first season.
"He has had an incredible six months. We have been astounded how well he has played for such a large part of the season.
"The rest of the lads are rallying round and keeping him going.
"This is where the experienced lads have to help him through it – and they will.
"Everybody has to help him now to get through what is his first dip."