Assistant manager Richard Dobson says Max Kretzschmar is starting to reap the rewards of his hard work.The 19-year-old, who signed a new one-year deal in the summer, impressed in pre-season and made his professional debut in the opening-day victory over Morecambe.
He has since gone on to feature in the games against Leicester City and Mansfield Town, and Dobson is adamant there is much more to come from the creative midfielder.
He said: “When I talk to you about someone who is humble and understands the work ethic, you can’t look further than Max Kretzschmar for that.
“He’s the last one off the training field and he works ever so hard on the things we want him to as an individual.
“On top of that, he’s got a football intelligence which is ahead of his time. I’m over the moon for him that he’s getting his opportunity, but there are even bigger things to come from him!”
Kretzschmar has progressed through the ranks with the Wanderers and Dobson says he always believed that he would make the grade, despite not being as physically strong as his contemporaries.
Dobson added: “Max came to us from Southampton when he was 14 and he walked through the door with his parents – he could have played in our under-12s, no problem.
“He was that small, physically behind for his age. I was watched him in the session and I thought ‘this kid has got a brain, he’s intelligent’.
“I said to him from that moment on, ‘just be patient, we’ll wait for you’. I said the same when we signed him on an apprenticeship, but his attitude has been first class and he’s always seen the bigger picture.
“He’s gone away and worked hard in the summer – he’s a little bit fitter and a little bit stronger.
“Physically he’s catching up too. This is his time and I’m so pleased for him because he’s a terrific lad, really hard working.”
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