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Michael Jacobs can make step up - Ian Sampson

Michael Jacobs
Jacobs made his first-team debut in last year's Johnstone's Paint Trophy

Northampton Town boss Ian Sampson says that Michael Jacobs has the skills to play first team football this season, adding to his two games last term.

The 18-year-old midfielder signed a professional contract at Sixfields in April, having impressed for the title-chasing youth team.

Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton: "He has got talent and he's good with the ball. He'll be around the first 11.

"If they're good enough, it doesn't matter what age they are."

He added: "He gets a little bit sloppy when he thinks he can beat everyone, but we're not going to knock that out of him."

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