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'Smith Rowe can be an example for young players'

Smith Rowe

On a night when three teenagers made their first-team debuts, it was time for another to take centre stage in Europe again.

Emile Smith Rowe scored his third goal in just six senior appearances as we beat Vorskla - and also saw another one chalked off for offside - during another highly encouraging display.

Unai Emery was pleased with what he saw from the 18-year old, and feels his performances should inspire his academy team-mates.

"He is taking confidence, he is taking responsibility and also I think today his performance in 90 minutes was very good," our head coach said.

"He is a good example for the other young players. We think they can help us but they need the confidence of playing matches, not only working with us in the training sessions.

"They need to take minutes in matches like today. We want and have the responsibility with the young players like Emile but also the others for them to stay, work and show us that they can improve and stay with us."

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