Ok, I’m struggling finding things to write about but as the fixtures soon return to coming thick and fast, things should get easier. Feel sorry for me? Well if you do, scratch your head, write down a few thoughts of you own and send them to me and I’ll post it. I’m sure many of you could come up with a topic or two which could kick off a good discussion on here…
Mine for today is the Under 21’s league and that’s after reading an article in one of the newspapers yesterday.
If the Under 21 league was that good, why do many Premier League clubs send so many players out on loan?
Here are just a few examples:
Chelsea: 27 (20 aged 21 or below) – picks include Patrick Bamford at Derby, Romelu Lukaku at Everton and Nathaniel Chalobah at Middlesbrough.
Man United: 15 (12 aged 21 below) – picks include Nick Powell at Wigan, Wilfried Zaha at Cardiff and Jack Barmby at Hartlepool.
Liverpool: 14 (11 aged 21 or below) – picks include Andre Wisdom at Derby and Tiago Ilori at Granada.
Arsenal: 14 (12 aged 21 or below) – Picks include Benik Afobe at Sheffield Wednesday, Chuba Akpom at Brentford and Hector Bellerin at Watford
Manchester City: 7 (5 aged 21 or below) – Picks include Karim Rekik at PSV and John Guidetti at Stoke
Southampton: 4 (0 aged 21 or below) – Loanees are first-team understudies or cast-offs, such as Lee Barnard, 29, at Southend and Dani Osvaldo, 28, at Juventus.
Chelsea’s tally of loanees is staggering at 27, that’s not far short of THREE teams!
I’m not a fan of loan deals, more so since the rule of players not being able to face their own club when on loan elsewhere which to me is daft as if they aren’t deemed good enough to start for the club which pays them, then why not let play against them?
I guess the ruling is in place so players can’t influence the result of a game against his parent club but I can’t see a professional footballer doing that…
Anyway, back to the topic of loans. David Moyes has recently said:
You find the jump between the reserves and first team is so big nowadays. Maybe, in time, if there was a different sort of games programme, we wouldn’t need to put players out on loan.
Clearly Moyes is not alone with his thoughts on the reserve/under 21 set up as otherwise the players would be staying and playing rather than heading off out on loan and not always do they get much playing time then, so should the FA be sorting out and introducing a ‘B Team’ league which would run alongside the PL fixtures?
After all, by the time players get to their twenties, playing against opposition which could field a side much younger and in turn, often weaker, won’t make them better players. They need to be up against players of a similar age, build and ability to progress.
Not only would English football clubs benefit but so would the players respective countries including England because players will be playing at a higher level earlier in their careers and the cream of the crop will rise to the top a lot quicker….
It works in Spain and other countries, isn’t it time for the FA to realise that it could work here too?
Finally, you just have to love The Daily Mail, they reckon Diego Costa, Edin Dzeko, Mario Mandzukic, Jackson Martinez and Lukasz Piszczek are all on Arsene Wenger’s summer wishlist as he intends to add three top class players. And that’s not including Julian Draxler who the same paper say’s we will be going for too…..
If only eh…..
That’s your lot for another day……