Edwards on the bench in the 1st leg of the relegation play-offs. KO 13:30.
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Archer also kept 18 clean sheets last season (not the one just ending), so well above average for Championship goalkeepers.Jordan Archer has been released by Millwall. Very strange. He's only 26 and was 1st choice this season up until March.
Another of the 2nd year academy signing what is almost certainly a pro contract. Looks certain that all 2nd years now have signed pro contracts.
Going to be a massive overhaul of the development squad to be announced shortly given the number of this years 2nd Year academy joining them
The term 'standard path' really doesn't exist, but to illustrate 2 types of player :Is anyone able to give me a bit more insight into the academy setup - the 1st Year/ 2nd Year/ Development Squad etc.
I have absolutely no clue what the "standard" path for a player would look like.
|Bowden, Jamie Patrick|
|Clarke, Rayan Romario|
|Markanday, Dilan Kumar|
|Okedina, Jubril Adesope|
|Oluwayemi, Olu Joshua|
|Patterson, Phoenix MacLaren|
|Skipp, Oliver William|
|Statham, Maxwell ?|
|Thorpe, Elliot Morgan|
I think there has since been a photo of Statham signing his contract circulating - think it was posted in this thread as well.I thought there was ITK Statham was leaving?
Here's the full list of 16 2nd year academy players. Emboldened are those I have seen and think are at least OK.
Bowden, Jamie Patrick Clarke, Rayan Romario Lyons-Foster, Brooklyn Maghoma, Edmond-Paris Markanday, Dilan Kumar Mukendi, Jeremie Okedina, Jubril Adesope Oluwayemi, Olu Joshua Patterson, Phoenix MacLaren Pochettino, Maurizio Richards, Rodel Shashoua, Armando Skipp, Oliver William Statham, Maxwell ? Tainio, Maximus Thorpe, Elliot Morgan
What do other clubs do? Chelsea loan them out, right, but what about other big clubs?The term 'standard path' really doesn't exist, but to illustrate 2 types of player :
1. The Fast track
Some 15/16 year olds play a fair amount for the u18's as schoolboys and therefore when they progress to joining Academy Year 1 whilst they may play some u18 matches, even whilst they are in the Academy Year 1, they start to play u23 matches.
By the time those players get to be in Academy Year 2, most of these players will play few if any u18 games and almost exclusively play u23 matches.
2. The 'Standard' Player
Many, if not most, youngsters will have appeared for u18 sides a couple of times before they join Academy Year 1. Depending upon competition they might either play a lot of u18 football in Year 1 or might only play a little (possibly due to them being relatively slow to physically develop) and might drop down into u16's to get games.
By the time the players are in Year 2, the majority will be playing mostly u18 football with a handful getting promoted to u23's during the year.
A smallish number may have played a relatively few u18 matches by the end of Academy Year 2, some of which are released at the end of that year whilst others get pro contracts (often due to them being physically less well developed in the expectation they will be 'late developers'
The u23's (Development Squad)
By the end of the Academy Year 2 all players will be on one of 3 categories :
b) Offered a 3rd Year Academy (usually due to injury having limited their playing time in the academy), which is analogous to 're-sitting an exam'
c) Offered and accepted a pro contract (some even get a pro contract in Year 1 of the Academy)
Categories (b) and (c) play u23 games.
Thereafter there is no career path (something which most youth watchers think needs to change) other than :
- Some players catch coaches eye and they hope to get on a pre-season tour (usually 6-8 players do) with a view to getting involved in first team squads during the season (eg Oliver Skipp - even though he's just ended his second year Academy so has 'fast tracked' the 'fast track' route explained above), usually after being involved in first team training during the season (but I am not sure Skipp was involved prior to pre-season)
- In the last year or two some players have been on loans to other clubs with a view to developing them away from Spurs. Until recently Poch was very anti this, but his attitudes seem to be mellowing as its just impossible to develop all the youngsters at Spurs. It will be interesting as to how the likes of Sam Sashoua (loan to Spanish tier 3 side) progress next season. Does Poch indicate they have a chance at Spurs or otherwise, are they included in this pre-season ?
As a general comment one year of u23 football helps players development, after that it does not. Probably the most worthwhile games are the Checkatrade matches (minimum 3 a season) against mens sides from League 1 or League 2.
So the million dollar question is - how do Spurs develop their youngsters from the age of 18 to 21 or 22 when Poch wants them to be capable of playing first team football, when the u23's are a 'graveyard' after one year ? (nb and how does Poch develop 18 year old Oliver Skipp from this point onwards)
A real mixed bag, Spurs are no better or worse than most of the other top 6 clubs.What do other clubs do? Chelsea loan them out, right, but what about other big clubs?