Let me try to explain why this matters so much (IMO anyway).The issue here is that Poch is going out of way not to pick him. You know the writing is on the wall. Why do you have to keep going on and on about it?
Apart from the now mandatory FFP requirements, we have always been a club run within a sustainable financial framework - like this or not, accept this our not, this is the reality. Now we have also just built a shiny new stadium for close to 1bn. As much as nice soundbites are made about the stadium and our transfer business being separate fiscal entities, in reality this is bollocks, we are a business who now has to service a 1bn debt. we have increased our revenue exponentially, which will hopefully enable us to that but the bottom line is there's no new magic beans - we are still a business run on a sustainable model as a normal business, we have to pay for what we buy/use and make what we sell or provide.
FFP and quotas limiting overseas and non home trained players puts massive premiums on any home grown players the minute they can kick a ball straight, which means that value in the transfer market is still easier to find in foreign, less economically strong markets. But the quotas on these players limits the number you can accommodate in squads.
It is vital, therefore, if we want to buy great, non HG, players, that our squad contains sufficient HG players, but as these are premium priced, it makes enormous economic sense to capitalise on what ever decent HG players we are producing at a tiny fraction of the cost.
As an added bonus, these kids have been prepared by our coaching staff, including Poch, to understand exactly what he wants from them, their characters and personalities are completely familiar to us, they do not need to learn a language or settle into a new culture.
And they are almost guaranteed to run through walls to try and succeed. They are not on 150k contracts.
I genuinely feel we are wasting this resource terribly and it has very big knock-on effects.
They don't have to be world class to be viable. Aurier isn't, Sissoko isn't, Rose and Davies aren't, Son and Alli spend at least 30% of their time fucking about.