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The Youth Of Today

10 years ago

The permanent move of Kazenga LuaLua to Brighton for the now industry wide ‘undisclosed fee’ was no major surprise, he seemed to have a bit about him but maybe isn’t quite up to Premier League standard and of course as with all young players they need opportunity and  a path to the first team.

I have no doubt that the current regime will be well protecting themselves in transfers such as this, whatever the initial fee I have no doubt that there will be a substantial sell-on clause just in case he proves to be on ewe shouldn’t let go.

It is always great to see players come through the youth system such as Steven Taylor but as I mentioned, it is very difficult in odern times for them to get a chance of a run in the first team. That is where the dominant teams like manchester United and Arsenal hold such an advantage as they generally have plenty of domestic cup matches and ‘dead’ European fixtures to introduce younger players.

The value of homegrown players is set to be further enhanced as under the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, as players who come through the club’s youth system and then get sold, the money coming in gets included in the relevant accounts. However, the club can allocate costs to having developed that particular player and they don’t get included as expenditure for FFP purposes.

It can only be a good thing when Newcastle are sending so many players out on loan to get experience but the key part of it is what happens when somebody like Fraser Forster is wanted permanently by Celtic? Will Newcastle go down the route of selling off promising potential like Forster for what they would see as a great financial deal and simply look for cut price squad players like Rob Elliott, who hasn’t impressed so far, to fill the gaps?



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