Swansea City Tyler Reid
6th December 2016
Defender Tyler Reid believes tonight's second round Checkatrade Trophy match against Norwich City at Carrow Road is a chance for Swansea City's young players to step-up and impress.
The young Swans face the Canaries for the second time in eight days as they aim to progress to the next round of the tournament following victories over Newport and Plymouth.
And Reid, who has featured in all three games of the competition so far, says he and the team are relishing the chance to impress against a tough Norwich side who topped their group with wins over MK Dons, Peterborough United and Barnet.
"This could be the biggest game of the season for us," said the 19-year-old right-back who signed from Manchester United in July.
"Norwich are good side, they have won all their games in the competition convincingly with some great results.
"We all have to make sure we work hard tonight to make ourselves proud. It will be a good challenge and we are looking forward to it.
A 2-0 victory against Norwich last Monday helped Swansea City under-23s extend their lead at the top of Premier League 2 to eight points.
Despite last week's comfortable win at Carrow Road, Reid has warned the Swans must be prepared to for a different challenge tonight.
"It will be a very different game compared to last week," he said. "This cup competition is very different from the league. Both sides will make changes and we will be tested.
"It is an exciting challenge to come up against players that play regular football in the Championship and a chance for the younger players like myself to step up and prove ourselves.
"This competition is like going out on loan. We play against players we would face in the EFL divisions, that only helps develop us and improves our game."
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Biabi, Alex Bray, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Jordan Garrick, Daniel James, Oli McBurnie.
The match at Carrow Road kicks-off at 7pm. The game will progress to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.