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I have this amazing regen and he could well be in my first team squad but he is only 18 so I am afraid that if I play him regularly his potential might get ruined. Will it?
 
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The more first team exposure, the better young players get. No way will you ruin him.
 
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I'm just guessing here, but I guess that the problem with overplaying youngster is that they are not fully grown, and thus they are weaker and may get very tired and lose determination and ambition.
 
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i'd play him mainly as sub and cup game starts kinda, and bring him in more and more as he improves :)
 
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They tired quicker than older players but if you play them, they will turn good. First team football is a lot better than letting them rot in the reserves.
 
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I agree with Eddie Money, use him mainly as a sub, and maybe start him against the weaker sides and cup games.
 
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Play him but only 20-30 appearances until he is maybe 19 or 20.

two reasons.

1- it is ture he will possibly get burnt out by the time he is 23 or 24 and peak to early and it will be to the detriment of his ability
2- by the time he is 24 or 25 and you have played him regularly there is a good chance he will start to lose ambition at your club and request to move as he feels he needs a new challenge.this has happened a few times with regens with me even if my club are one of their favourites.i don't know if its just by chance or related but i think if he is 18 send him on loan for a season and usually abroad to like spain or somewhere , i have found that its really good doing this and when they come back the next season play them in a rotation role for that season then when he is 20 he can be a first team player.

Gradually introduce him to the first team, don't burn him out but tbh send him on loan .
 
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