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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio keen to keep goalscorer Storey in check
PAOLO Di Canio has urged Swindon Town’s fans not to expect too much of Miles Storey too soon, despite the young striker netting on his full debut at Stevenage.
Storey was a revelation up front at Broadhall Way, helping set up the first goal of the afternoon for Raffa De Vita before nodding in the third from Matt Ritchie’s cross.
But it was not just his goalscoring exploits that excited the travelling supporters in Hertfordshire.
Storey was energetic and dynamic both in and out of possession and formed a good partnership with Paul Benson as Swindon destroyed their promotion-chasing hosts.
By the time he was substituted in the 61st minute, Town’s fans were chanting the youngster’s name such was his impact.
However, Di Canio stressed that one sparkling 60-minute cameo does not mean the 18-year-old has completely matured as a footballer.
“I’m happy for the kid that gradually understands what it means to be professional and working hard during the week,” he said.
“This is the product you can see, even if he has to improve a lot. I would like to say now ‘be careful’.
“It is easy for the fans to say there is only Miles Storey but now is a very delicate moment for him. The people don’t have to think he is the next Rooney or he has to play every game. He has to play, sit on the bench, sit in the stand and keep going. This is the process of improvement.
“They give you a lot in one game and then they can forget for four or five games how to play.
“It’s natural now that everywhere is full of emotion and he will receive 200 text messages and he deserves it. But I’m the manager and I know how to handle him.”
Di Canio went on to reveal that a change of hairstyle helped Storey convince his manager that he is growing into his role as a professional.
He said: “He improved a lot since the summer because now, even the fact now that he comes in like a professional – with all respect to the people in fashion – with a normal haircut, trying to focus his attention to training sessions, that proves to me he already understands what it means to be professional.
“Today he deserved to play since the beginning; he scored a good goal and worked so hard. He should keep the ball better but we will teach him and he can improve a lot.”