How much do we think this means/doesn't mean then? Was listening to a journo, Mike Calvin, on the Echo podcast the other day who has just written a book on youth football saying that the PL2 is basically a load of old shite, and largely ineffective in producing the level of football and players needed to break into Prem teams. He was saying that's why so many clubs loan their best prospects out.
Don't mean to put a downer on things, because I'm buzzing for the lads, but it did give me pause for thought.
You can never quite tell, can you?
However, we've already had three players in DCL, Davies and Holgate become permanent fixtures in the first team, Pennington coming in, as well as dowell, Kenny and Connolly playing last season, Galloway too.
All looking very adept at premier league level.
Granted, the challenge comes when you have a run of games and try to hold your place down but the signs are very promising.
Some of them will make it here, some will fall short but still have good careers in the premier league and they're varying different factors that will come into player. For example, I'd say dowell is the most technically gifted player we've had in the youth ranks since Barkley, but he strikes me as someone who's not quite good enough to make the step up. Then there's someone like Davies, who isn't as good on the ball bit just looks like a premier league player.
One things for sure, it's the most promising crop of youngsters in the country at the moment and it's great to be able to call upon such talents when needed.
Also, dare I say Roberto Martinez deserves a semblance of credit?