- Jan 17, 2015
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I wonder how much they will actually invest in grassroots though?. The clubs can spend it how they like, currently it only works out at around 8 million per club over the last 3 years, it's not nearly enough.
I've only skimmed that, but have two issues from what I gleaned. Firstly, it's a bit 'off' to judge City's youth system right now. It's less than a year old in it's current guise. We don't actually know what it will achieve in the future. He makes a point that Jason Denayer is 'a full Belgian international and not seen as good enough for City', but that's somewhat misleading. He's a full Belgian international in the same way Dele Alli is for England. A promising, young player given a few run-outs so far. He's at Galatasaray, and will be playing in the Champions League this season. He's expected to take over MDM's position next season.Not directly related to England, but this is a really good blog about issues in youth development at the richest clubs, Man City and Chelsea in particular. https://youthhawk.wordpress.com/201...dern-english-youth-football-a-deconstruction/
In of itself - no not a bad thing.Secondly, it's the thoughts on the Chelsea business model. If City or Chelsea produce a player, he has a couple of loan spells, isn't QUITE good enough for the first team so is sold on for £10m, is that automatically a BAD thing? That player is still out there, still playing for a Premier League club. Anything that raises the overall coaching levels of English players is a good thing, surely?
Not really, he's got a point. When Carragher was in contention for an England place he was competing with Terry and Ferdinand, two accomplished world class centre backs proven for club and country, after that the likes of Campbell at the end of his career, King and Woodgate while they were still able to walk at times all top players when compared to the pickings of today. We have no central mids to compare to Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes. Our current fullbacks don't compare to Neville and A.Cole in their pomp. For a fair while Englands side was made up of very high calibre players, which fuelled the disappointment further when they failed to do anything. The players we have now would have struggled to be selected ahead of most of the players that Carragher was competing with and referring to for other areas of the England side.I thought Jamie Carragher was a bit harsh saying its easy to win caps NOW...just being bitter maybe?