To a certain extent i agree with what your saying but how many truly exceptional talent emerge from not just ours but every other clubs academy’s. We only see a glimmer of our kids on rare occasions and we try to make the assumption that what we are seeing is diamonds in the rough. The coaching staff and pep have years of noticing if the talent is there or not and let’s not forget how long a gem like Foden took to cement his place in the first team.Pep's not interested in bringing academy players through. I'm sure he loves coaching them because they're impressionable, but he's been here over 5 years and the only player to get regular starts in the first team is Foden, who let's face it, is exceptional. We never look to the academy in terms of building the first team squad, we just spend £50m on a new signing. Even when we have issues outside of transfer windows, he'd rather play a midfielder or right back at left back than look to the academy. He'd rather play a midfielder up front than look to the academy. The academy's primary function is to generate money for the club to spend on new signings and occasionally an exceptional talent like Foden comes along, but he's very much the exception and not the rule.