Ian Sharps and Lee bell have left on loan this January which means the average age of the dressing room has dropped.
The Brewers boss has brought in some younger players but the dressing room still contains four academy graduates. He believes that the youth is the future.
“I think the youth is the future and that is what we are trying to do but we are also trying to mix it with a little bit of experience so we have got youth here.
“We now need to bring in some kind of experience.
“I don’t mean experience in age I mean experience in playing games and players that have played games, players that have got a number of games behind them.”
With Sharps and Bell leaving, this also mean the dressing room have lost some leaders. Sharps was the club captain and Bell was captain in Sharps’ absence. John Mousinho has been captain ever since he has been in the squad and Hasselbaink believes Mousinho is an important person.
“John Mousinho is an important person in the dressing room but I want more leaders.
“I want each player to be a leader in their own right and in their own way.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are or what kind of player you are, we all have our own responsibilities and we all have to take them.
“Yes Mousinho is the captain and he leads the team out but everybody in the dressing room has to contribute.”