LOUIS Robles admits his appetite for first-team football has been well and truly whetted after making his Wigan Athletic debut at the weekend.
The 18-year-old, who has been banging in the goals at junior level this term, was rewarded for his development with a second-half cameo off the bench in the 3-0 defeat at Brentford.
It’s all about trying to progress, keep working hard and hopefully impressing the managerLouis Robles
Another teenage sensation Jordan Flores also came on for his debut, with fellow club graduates Lee Nicholls and Tim Chow having started the game.
And Robles says watching close pal Chow make the step up to the first-team picture in recent weeks has given him all the encouragement he needs to follow in his footsteps.
“It’s been really inspirational watching Tim come into the team the other week and score,” Robles told the Evening Post.
“He’s come through the Academy as well, and that’s great motivation for me and a few others to try and replicate that.
“We’ve all sat in the same changing room – me, Tim and Jordan – and it’s great that we’re on the same career path.
“The aim now is to continue the progression when we come back for pre-season training and take it from there.”
While Flores has been starring for the Development Squad this term, Robles was fast-tracked straight from the Under-18s.
But he is happy to allow boss Gary Caldwell decide where his short-term future lies.
“If the gaffer thinks moving up to the Under-21s is going to be best for me then that’s what I’ll do,” Robles acknowledged.
“It’s whatever he thinks that matters, and there’s plenty of time, I’m only young. It’s just reassuring that the manager has faith in us, and it’s up to us now to repay him.
“It’s all about trying to progress, keep working hard and hopefully impressing the manager.
“We’ll see what happens from there.”
Caldwell has shown during his short time in charge that he is not afraid to put his faith in youth.
Robles certainly falls into that category, having banged in 30 goals for the Under-18s and Development Squad this term – not that it’s gone to his head.
“It’s nice to score goals, but obviously the team has been a big help in allowing me to do that,” Robles recognised.
“The success we’ve had this season had been down to a lot of individual efforts coming together. The midfield has been great and the wingers have supplied the strikers with a lot of chances. It’s a team effort.”