Just who should be held responsible? Jul 7, 2010 6:20:45 GMT
Post by Rags on Jul 7, 2010 6:20:45 GMT
Their view certainly is myopic and I interpret it as meaning that they want a higher level of competition for their reserves/youth players so that they develop quickly enough to be able to be an effective part of their first team.
Something about that makes me wonder if they would be as enthusiastic after two or three seasons if their "reserve" teams failed to set the Championship alight and lost more games than they won, god forbid even being relegated. No doubt at that point the teams would be withdrawn for administrative reasons...
Somehow, foreign players don't seem to need as much development to go straight into the Prem as some of the younger British players. I've often wondered if this was
a) because they are mentally tougher,
b) because they cost more money to buy so they get more gams to find their feet, as it were,
c) they are better coached as youth players and therefore more adept at succeeding under the pressure of being in the first team,
d) their previous clubs played at a level closer to the Premier League than the Prem reserve teams do (which would support Wenger et al's wish to play in the Championship)
e) something else I haven't thought of.
Perhaps Wenger should lend some of his younger players out to Spanish/German/Italian clubs for a season to, er, season, rather like he did with Jack Wilshere at Bolton last season; only sending them abroad would develop their skills better than dropping them into a struggling/mid-table Prem side, even one under the impeccable ground-ball playing style of Owen Coyle..
The Premier League chose to leave the Football League to grab as much of the television/marketing money as they could for themselves (thanks again, Graham Kelly), now they want to steal our Football League places to let their younger players practice/develop.
For every Prem club with a reserve team playing in the Football League, there's an Oxford, Stevenage, Burton, Torquay, Aldershot or Exeter, etc who won't be in the League and that, to me, is unacceptable.
Unless they want to pay £100,000 per season to each of the other Football League clubs and sod the Conference clubs. Blimey, even writing about the Premier League has made me greedy...