Kortney Hause is keeping his feet firmly on the ground following his first professional start.
The 17-year-old, who had previously made two substitute appearances for the Blues, was handed his full Wycombe debut in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Morecambe and impressed alongside skipper Dave Winfield.
Hause’s performance against the Shrimps drew praise from boss Gareth Ainsworth, who said the centre-back did ‘magnificently’ against an experienced strike-force.
“At the beginning of the season, I said to myself try and be involved in five games,” Hause told wwfc.com. “I’m going to stick to that, and I’m nearly there.
“I’m buzzing, I really enjoyed the experience. I found out on the Friday when we were doing the team shape.
“I was trying to keep serious, but I couldn’t, I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s a good thing for me as a young player to play first-team football.
“It’s been great, the experienced players have given me good advice, both on and off the pitch. They’re keeping me on it and on my toes.
“As a centre-back you’ve got to be solid and not to concede goals. You’ve got to keep it simple, because when I’m comfortable I can start doing things that I’m capable of.”
Hause is one of a number of youngsters that Ainsworth has given opportunities to this season and he says that the Wanderers coaching team have made a big impact on him.
He said: “Gaz has had a big influence on me, he’s shown faith in me and he trusts me, same as Dobbo and Lee. They all believe in me which gives me a lot of confidence when I go out to play.”