The likes of Rooney and Owen are the exception but then thatís why they played. Thereís not many players with such inconsistencies that play regular for decent teams
Which is the real reason why Premier League teams are terrible at developing players. It's not because the country's young players aren't good enough or because we don't have B teams playing in the lower leagues. It's because PL clubs are too scared to develop them on their own.
I get the argument for relegation battlers because relegation is costly. And title contenders are going to do whatever they please spending-wise. But say you're a comfortable mid-table club, not anywhere close to the top sides, and you have a few young players that show a lot of promise but still have rough edges. What do you have to lose by playing them? If even one of those players develops some consistency with regular game time, the money you might lose from a lower league position will be more than offset by the money you save not having to buy an expensive player in the next transfer window.
My hope for us every year is that the board and manager will get on the same page and risk a few points here and there to develop the talent we have and every year it's the same shit, trotting out at least one or two average guys who are never going to be part of a successful Everton team when there are players with genuine promise hanging around, getting the odd game here or there but mostly sitting on their asses.
To Silva's credit, he's worked out that Calvert-Lewin is better than Tosun (I don't care who the better finisher is, no defender in this league is remotely troubled marking Tosun) and he might finally be coming around on Lookman. But we've wasted too many minutes on Tosun and a declining Walcott and for what? So we can spend a lot more money on forwards this summer and still not know how good the guys we already have are?
Silva would win me over big time if he committed to giving regular minutes to the "good enough" kids for the rest of the season.