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Whilst you raise a good point about playing with better players, I think he would struggle playing and against experienced men in a league that of then let's players get away with stronger challenges.Not sure that disproves my theory. I think playing with better players can enhance a player like Edwards chances of producing, rather than harm it.
Look at Skipp and KWP. KWP has 5 assists in his last two starts at RB. Skipp got 2 assists on Friday. Playing with Son, Alli, Kane etc is far more likely to see someone create and be created for than playing with Sterling, Tracey and Georgiou, no?
I actually think the PL offers better refereeing and protection than he'll get lower down the levels. There are other examples such as Lookman last year in Germany, Sancho etc - playing with better footballers can really lift a kid's game.Whilst you raise a good point about playing with better players, I think he would struggle playing and against experienced men in a league that of then let's players get away with stronger challenges.
I know KWP is also slight and has 5 assists but he isn't an attacking player, so not as much of a focal point/target for defenders as Edwards would be playing in an attacking position.
Edit: Just want to add, I'm not an Edwards hater, I would be happy to ship out Llorente, Janssen and GKN and replace with Edwards and Maja.
Bet Janssen wishes he had a similar chance in first half !Sterling puts us 1-0 up.
ManU under Fergie brought through a lot of young players, but aside from their fabled class of '92 many like O'Shea (and even Phil Neville) were at least a level below, but perfectly adequate squad players. Fergie operated with a relatively small squad of maybe 20 real first team players plus a few squad players (mainly) brought through from their academy plus maybe half a dozen youngsters on the fringes hoping to break through. These latter might get a handful of games over a year or two, usually through injuries to the first team or simply to rest a player with 75 minutes gone and so 15 m ins on as a sub.Some interesting comments from Pep about youth players, after having lost Sancho last year he's now losing Diaz. The reality is as good as these kids might be Sancho was not going to replace the likes of Sane, Aguero, Sterling or Mahrez equally Diaz was not getting past KdB, Silva, Fernandinho or Gundogan.
Whilst we may not have the strength in depth that City have it's still pretty hard for a Spurs youth player to get an EPL game, especially as a Striker or AM - Dele, Son, Lamela, Moura, Erikson, Kane all in their way.
I'm surprised Man City couldn't arrange loan deals, but I guess when Real Madrid offer you a 21m contract at just 19 years of age, that's hard to turn down. Brahim Diaz couldn't say no that's for sure.
Will be interesting to see if some of our more talented juniors will be pried away by the big European clubs. They know they can't compete with the EPL financially for the biggest names, but they can offer youngsters more opportunity to get on the pitch, and at 17-18-19 that's probably just what you want.