He's got a point though. We've already seen five kids step up to the first team this season, with varying success, and they'll all probably stay there for next season. To make the next jump to a top 4 challenge we need players who can make an impact and win games not just take part in games. That costs big money though. Over to you Steve.
Said this at the game on Sat.
We've got no guarantees as options on the bench in the attacking areas.
It's good for youngsters to play ahead of people like Kone or equivalents as they'd be wasted minutes but if we're going to make bigger strides more quickly we need players who you know are going to be able to produce.
In reality our front 3 has Lukaku as a natural and performing fit; Barkley who has found a niche on the right and improved his decision making and creative play at home but still doesn't score enough; and on the left has been a rotation of players who for varying reasons haven't been good enough often enough.
That's without the plan that we'd have 2/3 subs who theoretically should be challenging the 3 starting players for their places.
So then bear in mind that the youngsters in the u23 team are behind those who are in and around the first team.