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Only elite players make it at elite clubs....Martin Samuel

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Post by blueboy on Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:51 am

Sad but true:



Monday night at the London Stadium was not the best occasion to judge Aaron Mooy. It was comfortably Huddersfield’s poorest performance of the Premier League season to date, and they offered little as an offensive force.
Even so, there were glimpses. Mooy worked hard and was exceptionally comfortable on the ball.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic remarked on it later. He said even with two men around him, Mooy still demanded possession. If he got it, he most often did something with it.  

His team may have disappointed but, technically, Mooy looked a class above just about every player on the field. But still two levels below Manchester City.
That is the heart of the matter: the incredible standard Manchester City, and the other elite clubs across Europe, now demand of their players. Mooy came to them from Melbourne City, part of the City Football Group pathway.
Players can emerge from Melbourne and New York, from Girona in Spain and soon points east and west, China and Uruguay, with a move to Manchester the aspirational pinnacle of their careers. 
Mooy made that in June 2016, and six days later was at Huddersfield. He has never played for Manchester City. He probably never will. He’s good; but not quite good enough.
Who is? That is the challenge for those on the brink of the elite. Who is good enough for City, or Chelsea, or any of those teams presuming to rub shoulders with Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid? Did you see City on Wednesday night, or Chelsea on Tuesday?
Setting aside the poor standard of the opposition, the football the very best of the Premier League wish to play will be beyond all but the most exceptional academy graduates.    

Marcus Rashford, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, the cream. We thought Kieran Gibbs would be good enough for Arsenal, but he wasn’t. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathan Ake were short of what Chelsea require, too.
None are bad players. In the case of those like Mooy, they are very good. Yet the elite demand more.
Realistically, given the current standard of the leagues in Australia and America, how many players are Melbourne and New York going to produce that will be good enough for Pep Guardiola?
He barely considers the Premier League, let alone Melbourne.
This summer, Kyle Walker was the only domestic signing in deals worth £212million. A year before, City spent £168m, with John Stones the sole English recruit. How long was it since City took a player from Newcastle, say, or Stoke?
With the exception of Fabian Delph, who rarely starts, the only English players bought into City’s squad of late came from other elite Premier League clubs: Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool.

The changes in the last decade are remarkable. When Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea, he embarked on a spending spree.
Players came from abroad, but also the breadth of the Premier League: West Ham, Southampton, Blackburn, Charlton, Middlesbrough, Tottenham, Manchester United. That wouldn’t happen now. Signing Danny Drinkwater — a player with a title-winners’ medal, don’t forget — was viewed as some transfer window goof.

So what hope does a kid from Melbourne, or the academy, have?
If Nathaniel Chalobah cracks it at Watford, Chelsea may buy him back; City have a first option clause on Mooy, too. It would be wrong to say the clubs did not know what they had in the talent pool. They did, but the level of attainment required to compete at the very top has altered. Would any of the rejected players make the teams at PSG, Madrid or Barcelona? Of course not.
Real Madrid have good young players like Asensio coming through, but these are exceptions.
There was not a graduate of the famous La Masia academy waiting to take Neymar’s place at Barcelona when he left, and the transfer statements made by PSG this summer suggest that those currently passing through Camp des Loges will find expectations sharply raised.

Meanwhile, there has been serious discussion at Huddersfield about abandoning their academy programme. It seems a short-term measure, but why do the work yourself when the elite are your feeder club?

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Post by Moonchester on Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:57 am

quite true..
but other fans still harp on about never giving youth a chance.

Rashford was a lucky gamble, Chelski use the league cup then ship them all out.
Arsenal probably do the most bringing youngsters through, but when was the last time they realistically challenged for the title?

Wonder when we will try and get Foden and Diaz into any first team action. I mean, Foden would have done as good if not better than Delph the other night when we were cruising in europe.
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Post by blueboy on Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:59 am

Can see them both playing against WBA in the cup.

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Post by Moonchester on Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:05 am

i think for the time being, best only 1 at a time depending on who is behind and alongside them.
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Post by Topdawg on Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:21 pm

It still may feel like a risk for the manager to take nclude them. Pep will include them when he's confident
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