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Agreed.Great to see Skipp playing games again.
Problem is, nobody's gonna wait around for Poch for 4 years.Agree with the vast majority of what you say although of the top teams I think Liverpool and ManU give more of their youth a chance than Spurs - although like all clubs that mainly comes when there are injuries to the first team squad.
Part of the difference maybe that Poch would prefer to really run the first team playing squad almost into the ground before picking the youngster - and its that bit which grates with me. I'd cite Skipp coming into the team as an example of that, where we were really struggling with injuries at CM and Poch picks Skipp who had excelled in pre-season.
Its a shame that Poch didn't give any chance to say Roles when with Son in South Korea and Dele injured with several games a week we were really struggling for first team AM's for a week or two.
IMO its just that bit of learning Poch needs to do which says have in mind the top 6 youth products available and before things get to a critical stage with injuries to first team squad introduce the appropriate one as back up.
I know its said that age 22 is the ideal time for them to be a first team regular - but equally its nuts not to give a few a run out in the age of say 19 to 21, both to help develop them as well as keep them from leaving to go to European teams who will play them.
Its frustrating as with relatively minor changes (plus Poch agreeing loans as we cannot possibly play the maybe 6 - 8 top youngsters available in the 19-21 age groups) to Poch's policy we could have a great stream of youngsters coming through which both augments the first team - and gives a revenue stream to those who are not quite good enough. Its often forgotten we raised £100m or so from academy youngsters sold who were mainly developed pre Poch (but including Mason, Carroll etc who also played in Poch early days) and that £100m went to augment the transfer budget for the first team
Seems he may be injured.Great news for the lad, but does mean he won't be opening the new stadium that same day!! Does anybody know just how badly decimated our U18s are likely to be by international call-ups for that game?
Yup he's been injured for a few weeks.Seems he may be injured.
Troy Parrott earns Ireland call but "doubt" over opening U21 qualifier availability
Stephen Kenny says Troy Parrott is a doubt for Ireland's opening Under-21 European qualifier.
Kenny has elevated the 17-year-old Tottenham striker into his first Ireland U21 squad.
But the talented forward is struggling with a toe injury.
"We've elevated five of the 17-year-olds and Troy is one of those," Kenny said.
"He's obviously a very talented player and he's come right through the system with the national teams.
"He's done very well with Tottenham but he has an injury at the moment. He's had a procedure on his toes, so there is a doubt for his availability for the games because of that.
Troy Parrott earns Ireland call but "doubt" over opening U21 qualifier availability | Off The Ball