Let’s see how effective academies really are

NON-LEAGUE teams are full of players who have academy experience. Some might say that there are too many academy products and that the traditional non-league game was a mixture of former pros and youngsters. Today, many teams appear to be very young, genuine former pros (not “experience with the xxxx academy”) are in short number and players move on with even more regularity than in … Continue reading Let’s see how effective academies really are

Let’s see how effective academies really are

NON-LEAGUE teams are full of players who have academy experience. Some might say that there are too many academy products and that the traditional non-league game was a mixture of former pros and youngsters. Today, many teams appear to be very young, genuine former pros (not “experience with the xxxx academy”) are in short number and players move on with even more regularity than in … Continue reading Let’s see how effective academies really are

There may be no hope for home-grown talent in Europe

ENGLISH PREMIER clubs spend a lot of money on academies, but very few players emerge from these youth structures to play in the first teams of the top clubs. It’s a worrying situation that does not bode well for the development of the national team in England. But it is not just the historic home of the game that is suffering from a dearth of … Continue reading There may be no hope for home-grown talent in Europe