MCFC U-18's

Discussion in 'EDS and Academy Forum' started by Bilboblue, 20 Sep 2017.

  1. CityStu

    CityStu

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    Depends on why you think we have youth teams. Do we play to win trophies, or try to develop players for the first team?

    We might have won if we'd played the likes of Foden and Diaz, but we'd have learned fuck all about them and we wouldn't have learned about the capabilities of the upcoming guys in their positions.
     
  2. Frank76

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    Diaz too old am afraid!
     
  3. CityStu

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    Point still stands. We can play kids who are well ahead of the curve for their age group against their peers and they'll sweep all before them. It's largely pointless though.
    Foden is much better being in and around the first team, pushing for a squad place than dropping back to spank some U18s. Similarly, it'd be crap for the youngsters who are training each day with the U18s to be turfed out to make way for, essentially, a senior player parachuted down.
     
  4. OhForAGreavsie

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    Well, speaking as a Chelsea fan, I've enjoyed the recent end-of-season Youth Cup showdowns between our two clubs, so I'm disappointed that you're out. I suppose we can hope for an U18 title play off between the clubs instead. That is far from certain however.

    While we tend to play strong sides for the Youth Cup, we take the U18 league less seriously. It rates only as priority number four among academy fixtures behind; The Youth Cup, The UEFA Youth League & EDS games. Our better youngsters will only play in an U18 league game if they are not selected for a higher priority fixture taking place within four or five days. Throw in the fact that league games sometimes clash with development level international games and, although we currently lead the southern section, it is far from certain we'll stay there.
     
  5. EricBrooksGhost

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    You have a few gems, this being one of the best

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    Fit in to what? I don't see a system. We pass the ball a lot but the identity has been ripped out of the side. Our entire club is at risk of being built round a fraud. That's one of the worst performances I've seen in years. Even worse than against relegation fighters Leicester. I'm sick of hearing about these keepers who play out. What? Pass a ball 5 yards to their defender which puts us under pressure more often than not. It's not just the keeper but it must be hard for defenders knowing every shot on target goes in.
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