As a young prospect in the Crystal Palace academy – or any academy for that matter – you would dream of being able to have the chance to train with the first-team.
Then, after that’s been achieved, you’d perhaps like to have a taste of a Premier League matchday from the bench.
Seeing what gets said in the dressing room, hearing the communication from the touchline and on the pitch – it’s all invaluable stuff for a youngster’s development.
In that respect, why doesn’t Roy Hodgson name any youngsters on his bench now that Premier League clubs can name nine substitutes?
Where’s the harm in throwing someone like 18-year-old David Omilabu on the bench one week?
The teenager has been playing so well that he was recently promoted to the Under-23s, where he scored a late winner on his debut.
You could argue that Premier League clubs are currently keeping their first-team in a secluded bubble due to COVID-19.
However, some of these prospects have been training with the first-team recently, so they would then become a part of the bubble.
It’s hardly the worst thing going on at Selhurst Park right now, although it does feel like a bit of an oversight from Hodgson.
Steve Parish has just spent £20 million on a revamped academy site, so he clearly has one eye on the club’s next generation.
It would only be a small gesture, but Hodgson would be playing his part in developing this next generation by giving them unforgettable first-team experiences where possible, such as naming them on the bench.