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Is it all about the academy?

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Is it all about the academy?

Post by Topdawg on Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:29 am

Many football fans dream of local lads making it into their first team. It keeps a link, however tenuous it has become, between the club and the fans. A link that is quickly disappearing as fast as players in their supercars disappear from private training grounds well away from the communities where their clubs were formed.

Most football fans would like to see their team win trophies. Silverware is the key.
Most football fans would like to see their team win trophies playing football that is pleasing on the eye. And most of them would like a young local lad or two to be part of that winning team. 

These dont have to be mutually exclusive, but all fans would give up on style if it won them trophies. Most fans would give up on local kids if it won them trophies. That's just how it is.

A lot has been said, and written, about the lack of academy graduates in Manchester City's first team squad and first choice playing XI. And it's true that there aren't any academy graduates in the first team. But there are several already training with the first team squad and that should, soon enough, lead to academy graduates regularly playing for the first team. 

This is a first team full of star names and some really exceptional talent. So the academy graduates have to be of the highest order to break into the first team squad and then become first team regulars. From what we've see in the last 12 months, both Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden have the potential to do just that. Is it an inevitability that they'll make it? No, most certainly not. They've got to keep on working hard, listening, learning and improving. But there is an inevitability that it will happen within the next few years. Maybe not a procession of kids making it into the first team and becoming stars like the lot across the city had in the early 90s, but maybe two or three new faces making it into the first team squad each year. 

But, it has to be remembered, City are actually playing kids in their first team, even though they may have been bought in rather than brought up around Manchester. 

Lets have a look at the players aged 24 and under who have played games this season:

Gabriel Jesus is 20 years old and has been injured for a while, but he's still chalked up 27 appearances.
Leroy Sané is 22 (just) and has been injured for a while, but he's made 33 appearances.
Raheem Stirling is 23 (just) and has made 34 appearances.
Ederson is 24 and has made 32 appearances.
Benjamin Mendy is 23 and has been injured most of the season. He's made 5 appearances.
Phil Foden is 17 and is a local lad. He's currently injured but has made 4 appearances. 
Bernardo Silva is 23 and has made 37 appearances.
John Stones is 23, has been injured for two months, but he's made 24 appearances.
Brahim Diaz is 18, is an academy graduate, and made 7 appearances.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is 21 and has made 8 appearances.
Aymeric Laporte has just been signed. He's 23 and has made 1 appearance.
Tosin Adarabioyo is 20, a local lad, and he's made 3 appearances. He's been with City since he was 5.
Lukas Nmecha is 19 (just) and has made 1 appearance. He's been at City for over 10 years.
Tom Dele-Bashiru is 18, a local lad, and has made 1 appearance. He's been at City for over 10 years.

So, plenty of younger players have been getting chances this season, including 4 teenagers. Let's not worry whether there were 6 or 7 substitutes at a recent game. If you're good enough, you'll certainly get your chance no matter what your age. 

In the recent past, the young players, generally, have simply not been good enough.  Now, though, City's youth teams have been winning their respective age group divisions so easily, that their young players aren't being thoroughly tested enough. So City have moved them all up an age group so that they are playing against youngsters at least one or two years older than themselves. Some of the academy players are playing in the U23 age group and they might only be 16 or 17 years old themselves. That is a better test for them. This is the way City are going. Either play against much older boys in England or go out on loan to Girona in the Spanish top league or NAC Breda in the top Dutch league. So City youngsters are being pushed harder and the cream will rise to the top.

Let's review the situation in 5 years time. If kids aren't coming through the academy into the first team, then there's a stick with which to beat city. There's no other way of beating them right now!


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Re: Is it all about the academy?

Post by blueboy on Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:47 pm

Good article....may be prudent to attribute it, to whoever wrote it.  Razz Razz Razz

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Post by Topdawg on Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:59 pm

Martin Samuels
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Post by blueboy on Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:08 pm

ahh....at last. I was reading each paragraph thinking...."huh, Dawg wouldn't put it like that"...."he wouldn't say that"...

Give a shout out you cheeky bugger, to those that wrote it. Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

SB thinks you're in the Martin Samuel mould with some of the articles you've posted lately.  Razz Razz Razz

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Post by blueboy on Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:08 pm

Topdawg wrote:Martin Samuels
No 's'. Samuel Very Happy

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Post by Topdawg on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:09 pm

No, this was written by martin samuels. with an 's'
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Post by Topdawg on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:16 pm

I would have started it like this.....

Is it all about the academy? Is it fuckers like. Who in their right mind gives a shit about the academy so long as they're winning stuff? Since when has producing your own kids mattered to most fans? We just want trophies and nice football. If a kid comes through, great. But it''s not the be all and end all. 

So that filthy rag baastard that is GazNev can fuck right off.
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Post by blueboy on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:50 pm

Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

Now...that's genius! You need to write more articles like. Just wrote to GNev on Twitter..... affraid affraid affraid

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Post by Topdawg on Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:16 pm

blueboy wrote:Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

Now...that's genius! You need to write more articles like. Just wrote to GNev on Twitter..... affraid affraid affraid
I hope so. I’ll look out for it
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Post by Strange Blue on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:11 am

Thought it was another of yours TD
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Re: Is it all about the academy?

Post by Topdawg on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:54 am

SB, martin samuels is my nom de plume
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Re: Is it all about the academy?

Post by leopold on Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:12 pm

It's only about the academy if you're a club who aren't as good as they used to be, on the brink of freefall with a manager prone to the odd rant and eventual meltdown, and the chance of finishing the season potless. Then the academy matters a lot, because you can say shit like, "Class of '92" and "Youth team player in every game since Queen Victoria was old enough to buy a glass of sherry", because having kids on the pitch is somehow banter-worthy when you realise the empty seats jibe you've been using for years is now coming back to haunt you.

Probably why ratboy is bringing it up, I expect...
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