Sorry for the bad posting today.
I’ve had work the whole way through.
You don’t care though, do you?
No, you don’t, you just want free Arsenal content.
So what do we have today?
Arsene tells Arsenal fans not to slag off Cesc. The inside scoop that Arsene hasn’t spoken to Cesc since he left Barca?
Honestly, fucks give here?
Zero babes, zero.
I want Cesc to play at the weekend, I want him to have an aggressive reception… because hey, that’ll mean there’s some noise vibes in the stadium… and finally, I want to end the hoodoo.
Cesc didn’t snub Arsenal. Let’s get that straight. I said at the time it was pretty logical not to buy Cesc… we have Ozil. It wasn’t logical not to sign a Schneiderlin. That was a bad move. But Cesc? Brilliant player, but no more brilliant than this years Ozil.
The game this weekend is gearing up to be a bit special. The weather seems to have held out. So sun beers. Chelsea are playing in an indifferent manner. There’s a hoodoo on the line.
I CAN’T WAIT.
Right, that’s it. Tomorrow, I give you some tender blog loving.
No, that’s a lie. James is doing the deed.
Oh, why not check this out. It’s something I wrote.
Making it in football has to be one of the toughest sporting nuts to crack on the planet. Not only is it one of the most popular games in the world, it’s also one of the most fickle. The cream doesn’t always rise to the top, when it does, young players still have an absolute mountain to climb if they want to break into the game. According to recent reports, only 2% of 16 year olds are still playing the game at professional level by the time they’re 21. A staggeringly low figure.
This season has seen some interesting stories break around the nearly men. Stories that warm the heart. Dreams made true at the last gasp when it seemed all was lost.
The first is obviously Harry Kane of Spurs. A player who at the start of the season was very much on the periphery of the Spurs team. He forced his way into the contention under Pochettino and he hasn’t looked back since. A quite incredible rise to prominence. A player you look at and you can’t quite believe he’s bagged 27 goals in 35 appearances, not to mention the goal on his England debut. Tim Sherwood will take credit for giving him his chance, a chance he doesn’t believe he’d have gotten under alternative stewardship.
The other surprise story of the season sits with Arsenal. Again, another player who’d come through the youth ranks, but this time had been cast aside to lower league teams, and in both moves, found incredible form that’s shot him to the very top of the European goal scoring charts. The 22 year has 31 goals in 19 starts (across two clubs (two leagues)), which is extremely impressive. What makes this rise even more interesting is that Arsene Wenger sanctioned a move to Wolves for £2m. He sold the UKs top scorer for an absolute pittance. Even crazier than that? He’s kept Yaya Sanogo onboard at the club along with Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell.
These two cases ask an interesting question of the English game around their approach to British kids. Is there a preference for players managers have purchased over the ones that climb the ranks? Do clubs see their investments as shinier and more talented than the kids who are propping up the reserve teams? Arsenal have Yaya Sanogo out on loan and he’s hardly pulling up trees. Could he score 31 goals across two sides in the Championship? Many have their doubts. Yet he is the player who stays on.
It’s difficult to know what the answer is here. La Liga has the B team system that allows young players to learn their grounding under the guidance of managers who have the clubs philosophy at heart. Going out to play for the Championship, an incredibly tough league, isn’t always the place for a young man to learn his trade. You might gain an understanding of what it means to fight, but do you really ground your technical ability playing week in week out to a bunch of cloggers? Possibly not.
Germany work to a two-tier Premier League system. Two leagues of 16. That allows a higher concentration of quality in both leagues and it allows young players to progress under less brutal circumstances (46 games make a league season in the Championship). They also have enforced academies that have very exacting standards of how they should be run. Both leagues academies are required to have four outdoor pitches, as well as an indoor sports hall for the winter. Clubs also need a DFB Elite Youth License or equivalent for their coaches to train. There are also strict rules on the types of staff that need to be one hand to make things tick over. The output of this billion euro project was a World Cup win that Joachim Lowe put down to these innovations.
England are letting talent slip through the ranks and not all young talent ends up making it because of the huge pressures placed on managers to keep their clubs in the gravy train that is the Premier League
The heart warming side to the story is that if players work hard and don’t let their heads drop, things can turn around in heartbeat. Gareth Bale and Francis Coquelin are high profile cases that prove this theory. My concern is for the players who have all the talent, but lose their confidence when they’re cast aside. You could say, ‘they weren’t made of the right stuff’, or you could say, ‘what could they have been?’ if there was a softer option that allowed players to develop at a pace less than breakneck.
Whatever the answer, it’s clear the Premier League need to sharpen their focus on this problem. Cream sometimes needs a helping hand to make it to the top.