If you’re worried about Chris Goslin, take a deep breath and r-e-l-a-x. The 18-year old has been working as hard as ever with Atlanta United 2 and continues to play a key role for the team, according to head coach Scott Donnelly.
Goslin has had a busy season so far and hasn’t found himself in the starting lineup of every Atlanta United 2 match, but there’s no need to panic about his future any time soon.
No need to worry
Goslin has started on the substitutes bench during recent Atlanta United 2 matches, but Donnelly assured people that he is still a major member of the side and will remain important going forward. Speaking to reporters this week ahead of Wednesday’s game against Nashville SC, Donnelly said of Goslin, “when Chris has been available, he’s a core player for us.”
The 2s head coach also mentioned that Goslin has missed games this season due to minor injuries and time spent with the U20 US National Team. When he’s not gaining experience with Atlanta United 2, he’s growing as a player on the international stage.
Donnelly continued by reassuring fans, “With any young player, success is never a straight line. It’s never point a to point b, break into the first team, off you go.” Donnelly further elaborated that the youngster has had his growing pains, but it’s the coaches job to continue to even those out so he can eventually break into the first team.
It’s important for fans to not get ahead of themselves with young players, as we’ve found ourselves doing with Andrew Carleton at first and now Goslin. As Donnelly stated, success won’t be immediate and young players will have plenty of ups and downs in their development. Patience is going to be key with the homegrown talents coming through, and in the case of Chris Goslin, there is no need to panic as he continues to gain crucial experience at a young age.