09 Jan 2017 09:10:32
Watched the Spurs match yesterday was impressed that most of their youth players that was playing where for the most a cohesive unit that moved the ball and kept it when needed. Later on the commenters said that this was down to all the teams from under 23s right down to the youngest team plays the way Tottenham first team play from set up to set pieces. This seams to make sence for developing youth maybe this way you don't have to send players out on loan as much. Everton has some great young talent that we never seam to get the best out of as if they do make the first team they struggle to adapt to the higher standeds of play or tactically they don't fit in the position they are played in this then has a knock on effect to the young player and maybe holds him back. Now I'm not saying that how our youth teams are run is not good as we are producing some great players it was just somthing that I had never thought of that made sense why not get our players playing how the first team plays so if and when they are ready/ needed they won't be out of their depth and have a load of players that suposedley was the next big thing to 3 years later we let go because they never reached their potential. Having money (like we now have) is great and is how you survive and challenge for trophies but we also need to bring players through not saying that we would end up like United did with the class of 92 but that being said getting youth to understand what is wanted/ needed of them so that when a established player is out injured we won't be oh crap we only got the kids and then the established player will also have to work hard to get their place back rather then just walk straight back in. Sorry if I went on a bit
09 Jan 2017 10:05:30
To be fair our youth set up is fantastic and we have produced high quality players for a number of years.
David Unsworth and the rest have done wonders there and are probably the most sought after youth coach's there are in the business. If you want any more proof take a look at what Unsy done against Norwich last year with a few kids.
We also do the same as Spurs and pay big money now for young players at other clubs. Just like Alli, Noughton, Walker, Rose and the rest they bought. It's not necessarily their youth set up and more they buy other clubs good work.
09 Jan 2017 15:43:50
I agree we've had some really exciting kids come through. Plus finch farm has a huge reputation we sign them easier these days. We have a huge amount out on loan as well. Great work