Mark Robins says Cristian Lopez is closing in on a first-team return.
Town’s Spanish striker, whose only appearance so far came as a substitute in the 1-0 opening-day Championship defeat at Nottingham Forest, netted as the Under 21s won 4-2 at Crewe yesterday.
Danny Carr grabbed two goals, and as the transfer window closed without Town making a signing, the boss hailed the progress of both his young frontmen.
“Cristian is doing fine, but because we have the likes of James Vaughan, Martin Paterson, Jon Stead, Sean Scannell and Danny Ward who can play in those areas, we are being patient,” said Robins, amid reports that Town made a failed bid for Coventry right-back Cyrus Christie.
“Like Danny, Cristian is one we have brought in to try and develop and get him up to speed, and both of them will be useful additions in the Championship games.
“After the international break, we have games coming up thick and fast, and I want to have players chomping at the bit to be involved, because sooner or later, their chance will come.”
Former Reading junior Carr, 19, was a summer arrival from non-league Dulwich Hamlet while one-time Real Madrid reserve player Lopez, 24, was signed from Atletico Baleares, of the Spanish third tier.
Meanwhile Crystal Palace’s capture of Town right-back Jack Hunt in a reported £2m deal was finally confirmed yesterday.
Hunt has signed a four-year contract at Selhurst Park.