Form has been impressive, of course 1st team football is at a different level but surely some of them are capable of stepping up sooner rather than later. Let's face it, they could hardly do much worse than the current crew. Anybody watch them regularly? Who's the most likely? and what's O'Neill's record like in introducing youthful players? A speedster or two would surely help!
I think O'Neil's comment about not rushing Shawcross back even though he's played two U23 games referring to them as not high quality matches tells you what he thinks about the gap between U23 and first team football.