REMEMBER the name Kortney Hause – that’s Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth’s message after another excellent display from the young defender.
The 17-year-old was making just his sixth ever professional appearance, and the fourth start, against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday but a rock solid performance from him kept the Pilgrims at bay.
Wanderers have kept two clean sheets in the four matches Hause has started and Ainsworth admits he’ll have a tough decision to make when experienced campaigners Dave Winfield and Gary Doherty return from injury.
When asked about Hause’s display on Saturday, Ainsworth said: “I think you’d best start writing that name down because I think he’s going to be a top player.
“He’s got the potential to be a huge player in the game. He can play, he’s cultured, but when he needs to battle he can battle.
“I had a little bit of a go at half time to the back two. Their clearances weren’t the greatest, they hesitated, but there was none of that in the second half.”
Wanderers ended Saturday’s game with five teenagers on the pitch, while Argyle could call on the likes of former Premier League defender Darren Purse and Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney to batter them into submission.
Ainsworth said: “Kortney at 17 is a second year apprentice, which is phenomenal to see when you’ve got someone like Darren Purse at the other end.”
Team mate Sam Wood added: “He’s showing his quality. He’s still only young and needs to keep working on his game but he’s going to have a big future if he carries on.”