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    This is an interesting read..and is probably representative of most Premier League academies - Cat One or not, including us up until this year. I think this shows how important Potter's use of younger players and promoting from the U23's will be for the future of the club and its ability to attract talent.

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      Interesting article, thanks. Presumably some NSC posters would prefer us not to play U23/Academy players as the need to recruit "proven PL players" is cited regularly on here.

      Interesting to note that since Dan Ashworth came in a LOT of our U23 players seem to be out of loan now.
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      Interesting article, thanks. Presumably some NSC posters would prefer us not to play U23/Academy players as the need to recruit "proven PL players" is cited regularly on here.

      Interesting to note that since Dan Ashworth came in a LOT of our U23 players seem to be out of loan now.
      It's reassuring to know that in the awful event we lose Lewis Dunk we have Ben White getting experience under Bielsa with Leeds and Matt Clarke at Derby.
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      Interesting to note that since Dan Ashworth came in a LOT of our U23 players seem to be out of loan now.
      And some in the Albion matchday squad - 3/18 against Burnley.
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      These under 23's going out to lower clubs for experience are potentially our Lingards and Tomoris of tomorrow. Not to mention Tau and Mac Allister waiting in the wings abroad.

      The club has to work several years ahead of what we actually see and we are just waiting for the first cycle to complete for the hard back work to start paying for itself in a streamline system.
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      Never liked Chelsea but hope they have some of success this year with Lampard and their young guns, Mount, Abraham and Tomori are having an opportunity which wouldn’t have been there without the transfer ban with Odoi and Loftus Cheek to return it shows that there is a crop of British talent coming through and with White, Clarke, Connolly, Alzate, Batuta progressing well and Tau and Alexis thriving hopefully we won’t need to spend a fortune next year.
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      And some in the Albion matchday squad - 3/18 against Burnley.
      I was surprised to see Baluta on the bench v Burnley.
      That is until I realised we now only had a 22 man squad with injuries and 3 'keepers.

      I remember at the time palace saying 'why are we buying Vic C?'
      Not only were they right but seemingly centre mid is as much catnip to them as centre back is to us.
      The only difference being all ours are out on loan (when they aren't all starting the same game!) learning their trade while rather criminally palace have 14+ centre midfielders sat around twiddling their thumbs.
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      It's reassuring to know that in the awful event we lose Lewis Dunk we have Ben White getting experience under Bielsa with Leeds and Matt Clarke at Derby.
      Don't think Clarke is getting much game-time at Derby. The future of White next summer is really going to ask some hard questions of Potter, Ashworth and co.
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      It's a very tricky balancing act as no one will remember how many young players got a game this season if we are relegated. That said the only way we can make progress in the PL ultimately is to play academy players and buy foreigners and local talent before they reach their potential and ahead of all the other clubs trying to do the same . We can IMO at least only move forward by taking some chances in selection now and in the near future to unearth talent that can play higher. We need to both improve the 1st XI while also unearthing and selling on young talent at a profit. Should be nice and straightforward

      Potter and Ashworth appear to me to be more than a nod towards that reality and time will tell how easy it is to achieve.
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      Granted it's not very clever of Palarse to keep youngsters stagnating year in year out in the U23s/21s - but surely these young lads (and their agents!) have a role to play in this too? Should they not be banging on the coach's door asking to be loaned out, even if it is to League 2, the National League or Belgian second division, wherever? And shouldn't their agents being touting them round, and coming back to Palarse to let them know that they've found a club that's interested?

      Or perhaps they're just a tad too comfortable?

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