How many young Thiago Silva or David Silva or Isco etc etc players, as kids, are currently 'hacking it' in the lower leagues & how many have done so, ever ? In fact, how many would 'hack it' playing for Tony Pulis, in the Premier League ? He would make allowances for them whilst they learned how to run under long hoofed passes, spoil, & kick people rather than play a Joey Barton there ? Seriously ? We can't have a policy of bringing through small, skillful, intelligent young players & teaching them to play like Barca, then throw them into the lower leagues & expect them to 'hack it' they won't even get games, as even if they were physically strong enough, they are no more equipped for the mentality of that football than Richard Edghil would be, playing for Barca. How do I expect them to play in the Prem when they can't play in the Championship ? Unfortunately, the same way most of the best players in the Prem manage it, by avoiding learning their trade, in the English leagues. Is there a single example ever, of a small, not particularly quick, but intelligent & talented footballer, coming through from the lower leagues ?