- Feb 9, 2009
It's very difficult to get academy players to the first team esp at the highest levels like we aim to be at. We have actually done better than pretty much every club other than Barcelona and Ajax.You're probably right.
It seems that having a good touch, being able to look after the ball, and being able to complete a range of passes is something the players either have or don't by the time they are adults, so that can't be coached into them. Shoretire and Gomes both have those abilities, but what they are lacking is how to influence a game. Wondering if ETH could coach that into Shoretire. We have players like McT and Fred who do a lot of running, like to put in tackles, but are not particularly skilled with the ball (both have their moments, though). Wondering if having more skilled players in the side, with players like Casemiro and Eriksen near them, could unlock them?
No idea. I just hate how so many of our great youth players fail to kick on, so I'm clutching at straws.
In this team we have top quality in Rashford and Greenwood (I'd count him as he is not in the team for non footballing reasons), Garnacho and decent like McT.
I'd say we are doing fine