Tudors boss Dean Brennan feels that young midfielder Luke Allen could make the difference in the last few games of the season after an impressive return to the side on Saturday.
Allen was the hero for Hemel against Bromley as he netted a last-gasp equaliser, and Brennan feels that his recent loan spell has clearly paid dividends.
“The end of the Bromley game was quite dramatic really; for us to have 10 men and then to come back and equalise the way we did was great,” said Brennan.
“I was really pleased for Luke because he’s had a bit of a stop-start season for us. He started the season in the team but then went out on loan where he did really well. He’s come back into the team and he will get another opportunity on Saturday.
“I think with young players it’s all about their development process. If you look at Luke in the first game of the season against Basingstoke he was man of the match.
“Then we lose our next three and he was nowhere near the level that we know he can perform. That’s how football works for these younger players at times, they can be inconsistent.
I’m hoping Luke can go on and be the difference for us in the next eight games.Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan
“But we know what Luke brings us – he’s a 6ft 2ins athletic midfielder and I think he can develop into a player in the style of Frank Lampard because he’s got a knack of getting goals.
“He can arrive in the box, he times his runs really well, and it’s just about making sure he can find his consistency. If he does that, he will become a very good player.
“because he will start on Saturday. That’s as fair as we can be.”
The Hemel boss was also full of praise for Reading loanee Dom Hyam who has been called up to the Scotland U21 squad after a string of impressive performances at centre-back for the Tudors.
“I think Dom will be with us until the end of the season and then he’ll go on loan to a league club,” said Brennan.
“He’s an excellent player and another one who we are just delighted to have – I’d love to have him next season as well but he’s good enough to be a league player already.
“Obviously it’s good experience for Dom playing at our level and it really helps to improve our squad. I’m really delighted for him with the call-up – I just wish that he was playing for Ireland instead!”