View Full Version : The Academy Starlets

04-05-2016, 06:18 PM
We seemed to sign a few young lads early in the season from Prem Clubs and others, many of who came with big potentials.

Cant remember many of thes and realise that most probably went out on loan.

There was obviously Long from Everton, the lad from Shrewsbury? another fella from Wimbledon. Were there not a couple of lads from United and Arsenal?

How have they all progressed? Has anyone had a chance to assess whether they are likely to make the step up?

Would be really nice to have an end of term report on some of these lads if anyone has any insight?

The Bedlington Terrier
04-05-2016, 07:21 PM
No-one is breaking any pots. I can reliably inform you that not one from our "Youth Set-Up" is within a million miles of the First Team Squad. I still remain of the opinion that our Youth Development project is a "Vanity Project" but would love to be proved wrong.

04-05-2016, 08:06 PM
We have some young talent but it always appears as back-up for if we have a fall from grace.
Must be getting difficult to recruit bright young things to a club which has a glass ceiling.

04-05-2016, 10:15 PM
If they prove that they are good enough they will make it.

Mainly up to them.

The Bedlington Terrier
06-05-2016, 07:53 AM
No idea where the "glass ceiling" reference comes from or what it means ABC. Please elaborate?

06-05-2016, 09:33 AM
Glass ceilings are there to be broken, as 1959/60 says if they are good enough they will get in. the young lads we get that have been let go from prem clubs have been let go for a reason, some could be late bloomers and if we end up with one of them eventually he will make it but most just aren't good enough for our level and have reached their maximum potential, the lads from lower leagues will take time to adapt not only to our way of doing things but also the higher standards required for a top championship lower end prem club some might make it and we will see them in and around the first team when they are ready but most won't and will be released probably ending up at their level in league 1 or 2 if they are lucky. We don't get the pick of the kids we have to recruit from whats left after the the big boys have hovered up anyone with the slightest bit of talent but that will change once we get higher up the academy ladder and we may then see more knocking on the door. some people