Due to increased spending, and consequently a higher level, its been a trend that it is getting more difficult to introduce young, unproven players in the PL. However, there has always been room for a couple of squad players from the acadamy. Pep comments about lack of «top players» consequently took me by surprise, and it feels like we are about to turn a corner. A manager possessing 17-18 players that costed them more than €25m each complains about the lack of high-quality players! The players who costs less was either bosman or players who was purchased several years ago, and are proven quality players today. The City-squad is by a great margin the most expensive one in the world! Furthermore City has spent a lot of money on their acadamy. This did not stop Pep from trying to make some sort of point today, and only naming six players on the bench. In my opinion this is an unacceptable, disappointing and childish approach from Pep. Why on earth did he not give it to one of the acadamy players? When a manager starts throwing around oil money to acquire 22 «top players» it will be increasingly difficult for Conte, Mourinho to not do the same. The top clubs in the PL is not creating a good environment for player development, and Pep is probably the worst the PL has had in this regard. In the past I have not been in favour of rules and regulations that lowers the bar for acadamy products, but considering the approach of «state backed» clubs like City it might be needed.