Neal Ardley thinks loanee Joel Bagan will mature into a top player if he continues to progress the way he has during his time with Notts County.

The 18-year-old left back arrived from Cardiff in February and has gone on to make three appearances. Notts have not conceded in any of those games.

Bagan, who caught the eye during an excellent Emirates FA Cup performance for his parent club, turned his month-long loan into a spell running until the end of the season last week, and supporters have liked what they’ve seen of him.

So has the boss, who knows a thing or two about youth development having worked as academy manager at Cardiff before moving into first-team management.

“I think Joel will become a very good player but people need to be patient with him,” Ardley told WalesOnline.

“Physically and socially he needs time but when he matures in those aspects, I think you could have a real player.”

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