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Our academy is probably as strong as it has been in 10 years, that might be exagerated slightly by the lack of quality in our 1st team. Would Sterling be making 1st team starts had we a 27yr old Benayoun, Ryan Babel, Kuyt or Garcia? Would Shelvey be nudging Alonso or Mascherano out of the side? I think a resounding no to all.
What we can do this season is find out whether the kids in our academy can constitute the foundation of our squad for a few years to come. I think Kelly, Shelvey and Sterling have all confirmed that they can at least be good quality back up players if not 1st team starters. Can you imagine prefering to spend £200k per week on Koncheskey, Poulsen and Cole instead?! If we can find 2 more over the course of the season then we will have acheived something, i'm looking at Morgan, Suso and Robinson as the best bets.
We arent quite as far away from a good side as is being widely reported, all it will take is 2-3 signings (isnt it always) to balance our squad out and then we will have a very young and fresh squad to play with. Lets hope that the following 3 months allow us to develop a couple of young, exciting players that will be here for years.
Agreed Hobs but weren't United in a similar position all those years ago where Fergy was in a bad position, the side hadn't been doing as well and left with little option to look at the youngsters. It certainly can be argued that the likes of Giggs etc. were always going to make it but they came through at a very young age (Giggs was 17 I believe) and impressed.
If our young players can do the same then it it may lead to brighter things. Sterling has started well while Kelly and Shelvey are there already. Cross fingers one or two more perhaps. Yesil sounds promising and as you say Morgan too. Suso has the air of something different about him too.
Hobs...been posting up this same theme for over a season now to a chorus of boos from dsteer and co. who much prefered to wrap our kids in cotton wool till they hit pensionable age yet the evidence suggests that all the true Greats of the game debuted at an early age...seems the likes of dsteer and co dont want to let em anywhere nr the starting eleven till at least age 25 !??? It doesnt matter what era u choose to check on the Greats all debuted at a young age and in our clubs case if the money aint there anymore what is the alternative is this a case of Necessity being the Mother of Invention ?
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Here's another article that puts a positive light on things
It seems a few of us (apart from the SOS people) have shed most of te doom and gloom fo now and are actually looking at things as they are.
Colin I think this is the second post where you've called me out this issue of player young players, and since you've misrepresented my thoughts here I'll respond here.
Yes there are some great players who have emerged as youngsters, some even as teenagers, and maybe we have one of those few on our hands with Sterling. However the vast majority of footballers don't peak till much later in life, with many not capable of playing first team football until they are in their early 20s (I never said anyone under 25 should not be in the first team that is complete nonsense.)
In my view if a player is good enough to play he should play regardless of age, almost exactly what BR, the man you seem so critical of as of late, has said. That means they are both physically ready, technically ready, as well as mentally ready to run with the big boys. But if they are not good enough then you have to ask why they are being thrown in the deep end, and also ask will the toll of early failure hurt them more than help them.
But lastly just saying "play the kids" seems a silly thing to say in my view, unless you know they are good enough compared with other options. We do seem to have a few right now who are good enough, and a coach with the attitude that he'll play the best 11 regardless of age. But in the past when you've made this blanket statement I'm not sure we have had kids that were good enough. I don't follow the youth team closely, but you have to ask if these kids you've talked up so much in the past were so good why after they've been released or sold on have they not got first team football at a top club?
Where is Nemeth now? A series of loans as he could not get into the Olyimpiacos side, and now with a smaller Dutch club. How about Dalla Valle, one I think you championed? Could not get into the Fulham side, so now on loan at Exeter. There are others who of course have done better, and I'm sure you might bring up Ince. Yes he's doing well at Blackpool but doing well at a Championship side, and being someone who we pin our hopes on to improve LFC are two completely different things.
Needs may necessitate that we play youth in the coming months, and I do hope the likes of Sterling will prove to be that one in a hundred player who as a teenager can stand among men. So far he looks the real deal. I hope the same for young Adam Morgan also, whose drive and determination are hard not to admire. But I'm not sure he's up to the grade yet, and in my view could use some game time where he can develop his technical skills, and so important as a striker, his confidence, rather than risk it being bruised as he finds life playing against the best center backs in the world is not quite the same thing as U17 academy football.