"He grew beyond his strength in those early days. He suddenly went from 5ft 6ins to 6ft 1in. He was like a beanpole, no strength, growing pains, problems with his knees.
"He knew what he wanted to do but couldn't get around the pitch to do it. It was a case of waiting for him to develop and fill out. Eventually he did and now he looks some player, a super passer of a ball."