Seems like a lot of time in this article was spent on the issue of compensation for youth clubs as a way to address the pay to play system which can reduce the number of talented youngsters available outside those in MLS academies. That’s understandable but ultimately the major factor is a cohesive plan for youth development with high schools, youth clubs and MLS Academies all partaking. Yes, the solidarity and training fees may help youth club’s expand opportunities for youngsters who otherwise couldn’t afford it and try to improve their operations and quality. It would help but it wouldn’t necessarily amount to a drastic improvement in the amount of talent produced in different levels of US Soccer.
I do find it strange that some managers do not bother with youth development at all. Doesn’t mean that they are any less of a manager but you would think that benefits, unearthing a gem without having to buy, added depth etc would make it more commonplace . I guess because there are so few managers that end up sticking around for the long term now, they focus on the present and not the future.
Definitely lots of young talent in this Monaco side, and very drastic turnaround from what we all thought was going to happen. Interested to see how they fare this season.
Southampton’s youth development is really impressive. Good read here.
Wouldn’t disagree with most on the list. Can’t say I watched some of that top five much, if at all. Sterling is rated far too high as he did little to improve Liverpool from basically November onwards.
It is a disturbing trend, especially when the team goes and buys players like Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan who can’t play for six months but will obviously usurp youngsters like Munir and Sergi Roberto when they do. Barcelona is getting further away from La Masia. Hopefully the next president will figure it out.
Young(er) player profile. Will start to do more of these.
Seems fitting considering the disappointing end to England’s recent Euro-21 campaign.(They were the bottom of the group even with a win)
Definitely like the comment about English young prodigies being either over-hyped and over-exposed or ignored. Not the same elsewhere in the top European leagues. Only probably the Serie A is similar in terms of a lack of consistent young talent.
The answer is pretty much no.
Very interesting to see. France’s group looks the strongest as they are the ones with the least worries defensively. Kurt Zouma and Laporte in the future? Wow.