Kit Symons is happy to use his home-grown players when needed but will always pick the best available side.
When the Fulham boss took over from Felix Magath last year, he was happy to bring in the young players from the academy.
But, as time went on, he started to rely more on his senior players and lost Patrick Roberts to Manchester City for £11million.
Symons said: “I know all the young players very very well. I’ll pick the best team available for each given game.
“If that involves our young players then brilliant but it won’t always. I’m a big believer in young players and homegrown players and I’d love to see several playing in our team but it’s important to make this into a winning run and getting the results.”
Fulham had several players come through the academy last season with the notable success being Marcus Bettinelli, before his injury, and there currently is nobody knocking on the door to the first team; partly because so many came through last year.
Symons added: “There’s probably nobody close. So many players came through in one hit last season. Moussa is still very young.
“There’s nobody on the verge of breaking in. Given time, hopefully they’ll become good enough for our first team squad.
“I think it’s important to have a strong academy. Since my time, we’ve had an excellent academy and it has produced players.
“The type of club we are, it’s important for us to have that link from the academy to the first team.”
The likes of Adam Taggart have not been given a chance this season and a loan deal may be in the offing in the future, if an opportunity doesn’t materialise.
The manager added: “We’ll have a fairly tight squad but because it’s tight people will get opportunities.
“We’ll be relying on people to be ready and take their chances. It’s tough for some of those young players.
“For some, there’ll be loan opportunities once we won’t be leaving ourselves short to get first team football on a regular basis. We need enough quality bodies for the first team here.”