Jason says relax! Boss Lee backs James Reed to shine... after he’s calmed down a little

James Reed.
James Reed.

TEENAGER James Reed can be the man to fill Danny Sleath’s shoes... but he needs to calm down first.

That is the opinion of Boston United manager Jason Lee.

Aged just 17-years, Reed is one of the most exciting players to emerge from the club’s youth academy in recent years.

And after midfield workhorse Sleath opted to join Blue Square Premier Nuneaton Town this season, boss Lee believes he doesn’t have to go in search for a replacement – although he may need to take some of the eagerness from Reed’s game.

He said: “Why can’t he (replace Sleath)? He’s done well, he did step into his shoes when Sleathy was out.

“He’s got great energy and enthusiasm, as you’d expect from a kid.

“We’re just trying to calm him down. He won’t keep still.

“He’s always running all over the park and chasing positions, you don’t need to really go into.”

However, Lee believes his rough diamond is at the right place for his game to progress, especially under the watchful eye of ex-Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Graham Hyde, Lee’s number two.

“He’s learning all the time from good players around him, and with Graham also being a midfielder he needs to listen to what we’re saying,” Lee added.

“He’s moving along very well. Everything we get from him is a bonus.”

United are still awaiting international clearance before Jason Stokes can turn out for Boston.

After playing for Beligian fourth-tier side Royal Racing Montegnee last season, he was eligible to play while on trial, but not after signing, until clearance is granted.